Fluoranthene

FLU; idryl; formula: C16H10; CAS Registry Number: 206-44-0
Structure of fluoranthene
Source: PubChem
Identifier: CID 9154
URL: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/9154#section=2D-Structure

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon with three six-membered rings and one five-membered ring

Fluoranthene occurs in fossil fuels and is ubiquitous in products of incomplete combustion of organic material. Furthermore, it is a natural product of plant biosynthesis. Fluoranthene can be detected in ambient air, surface waters and waste waters as well as in tobacco smoke, edible oils, and charbroiled foods.

In the atmosphere, it exists both in the vapour-phase and in the particle-phase. Vapour-phase fluoranthene is subject to photodegradation whereas particle-phase fluoranthene may enter soils and waters through dry and wet deposition.

Fluoranthene is persistent in the environment and has a high potential for bioaccumulation. It is mutagenic in laboratory tests.
Due to lack of data, carcinogenicity and other toxic effects can not be evaluated.

Fluoranthene is one of 16 PAHs which were included in the list of Priority Pollutants by the U.S. EPA (EPA-list).

Specimen

  • Common mussel species as invasive animal in rivers and lakes with high information level for water pollution
  • Fine insoluble mineral or organic particles in the water phase
  • One of the most important edible mussel species common in the North and Baltic Sea
  • A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
  • A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
  • A deciduous tree typical of ecosystems close to dense conurbations and an indicator for the characterisation of the immission situation during the vegetation period.
  • As the most dominant deciduous tree species in Central Europe, it plays a significant role in most nearly natural and also anthropogenically influenced forest ecosystems up to an altitude of 1100 m.
  • As an organism living at ground level, it is a major driver of the decomposition of organic material (e.g. plant litter).
  • As an organism living at ground level, it is a major driver of the decomposition of organic material (e.g. plant litter).
  • Soil is livelihood and biosphere for humans, animals, plants and soil organisms. All the substances brought in are transported, transformed and/or accumulated in the soil.

Sampling area

Sampling period

1985 - 2019

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