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Airborne engineered nanoparticles : are they a health problem?

Morawska, Lidia (2010) Airborne engineered nanoparticles : are they a health problem? Air Quality and Climate Change, 44(3), p. 18.

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Abstract

This article focuses on airborne engineered nanoparticles generated in a growing number of commercial and research facilities. Despite their presence in the air of many such facilities, there are currently no established and validated measurement methods to detect them, characterise their properties or quantify their concentrations. In relation to their possible health impacts, the key questions include: (i) Are the particles in the nano-size range are more toxic than larger particles of the same material? (ii) Does the surface chemistry of the lung alters the toxicity of inhaled nanoparticles? (iii) Do nano-fibers pose the same risk as asbestos? and (iv) Are the methods for assessing the health risk are appropriate? This article summarises the state of knowledge in relation to these issues.

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ID Code: 38686
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Airborne Enginereed Nanoparticles, Toxicity, Surface Chemistry, Nano-fibres, Human Health Risk
ISSN: 1836-5884
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
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
Past > Schools > Physics
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2010 12:27
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2011 00:59

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