Particle emission from laser printers

Morawska, Lidia, He, Congrong, Wang, Hao, McGarry, Peter D., Salthammer, Tunga, Jayaratne, Rohan, Johnson, Graham R., Bostrom, Thor E., Modini, Robert, Uhde, Erik, Ayoko, Godwin A., & Wensing, Michael (2008) Particle emission from laser printers. In 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 17th August to 22nd August 2008.


Recent studies have shown that the operation of laser printers can result in the emission of high concentrations of ultrafine particles. However, fundamental gaps in knowledge still remain, for example, it is not clear what makes a printer a high emitter or why some models alternate between being low and high emitters. In order to provide insight into the formation mechanisms of these particles, comprehensive investigations into particle emissions from one high and one low emitting printer were undertaken. Each printer was operated using its own toner, and printed on two types of paper. Emissions from the printers were studied in a flow tunnel and a box chamber, while emissions from the fuser rollers, two types of paper and toner were investigated in a furnace. This paper provides examples of preliminary results from the study, taken from the extensive body of data which has been collected and analysed so far.

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ID Code: 15414
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Printer emissions, Ultrafine particle emissions, VOC emissions, Printer emitted particle characteristics
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified (040199)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 01:53

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