A comparison of submicrometer particle dose between Australian and Italian people

Buonanno, G., Morawska, L., Stabile, L., Wang, L., & Giovinco, G. (2012) A comparison of submicrometer particle dose between Australian and Italian people. Environmental Pollution, 169, pp. 183-189.

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Alveolar and tracheobronchial-deposited submicrometer particle number and surface area data received by different age groups in Australia are shown. Activity patterns were combined with microenvironmental data through a Monte-Carlo method. Particle number distributions for the most significant microenvironments were obtained from our measurement survey data and people activity pattern data from the Australian Human Activity Pattern Survey were used.

Daily alveolar particle number (surface area) dose received by all age groups was equal to 3.0×1010 particles (4.5×102 mm2), varying slightly between males and females. In contrast to gender, the lifestyle was found to significantly affect the daily dose, with highest depositions characterizing adults. The main contribution was due to indoor microenvironments.

Finally a comparison between Italian and Australian people in terms of received particle dose was reported; it shows that different cooking styles can affect dose levels: higher doses were received by Italians, mainly due to their particular cooking activity.

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ID Code: 53523
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Tracheobronchial particle deposition, Alveolar particle deposition, Ultrafine particle exposure, Time activity pattern, Monte Carlo method
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.03.002
ISSN: 0269-7491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environmental Pollution. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Environmental Pollution, [Volume 169, (October 2012)]. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.03.002
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2012 03:51
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 17:16

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