Size characterization of airborne SiO2 nanoparticles with on-line and off-line measurement techniques : an interlaboratory comparison study

Motzkus, C., Macé, T., Gaie-Levrel, F., Ducourtieux, S., Delvallee, A., Dirscherl, K., Hodoroaba, V.-D., Popov, I., Popov, O., Kuselman, I., Takahata, K., Ehara, K., Ausset, P., Maillé, M., Michielsen, N., Bondiguel, S., Gensdarmes, F., Morawska, L., Johnson, G.R., Faghihi, E.M., Kim, C.S., Kim, Y.H., Chu, M.C., Guardado, J.A., Salas, A., Capannelli, G., Costa, C., Bostrom, T., Jämting, A.K., Lawn, M.A., Adlem, L., & Vaslin-Reimann, S. (2013) Size characterization of airborne SiO2 nanoparticles with on-line and off-line measurement techniques : an interlaboratory comparison study. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 15(1919).

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Results of an interlaboratory comparison on size characterization of SiO2 airborne nanoparticles using on-line and off-line measurement techniques are discussed. This study was performed in the framework of Technical Working Area (TWA) 34—“Properties of Nanoparticle Populations” of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) in the project no. 3 “Techniques for characterizing size distribution of airborne nanoparticles”. Two types of nano-aerosols, consisting of (1) one population of nanoparticles with a mean diameter between 30.3 and 39.0 nm and (2) two populations of non-agglomerated nanoparticles with mean diameters between, respectively, 36.2–46.6 nm and 80.2–89.8 nm, were generated for characterization measurements. Scanning mobility particle size spectrometers (SMPS) were used for on-line measurements of size distributions of the produced nano-aerosols. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy were used as off-line measurement techniques for nanoparticles characterization. Samples were deposited on appropriate supports such as grids, filters, and mica plates by electrostatic precipitation and a filtration technique using SMPS controlled generation upstream. The results of the main size distribution parameters (mean and mode diameters), obtained from several laboratories, were compared based on metrological approaches including metrological traceability, calibration, and evaluation of the measurement uncertainty. Internationally harmonized measurement procedures for airborne SiO2 nanoparticles characterization are proposed.

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ID Code: 62895
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopies, Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning mobility particle size spectrometers, metrological traceability, SiO2 nano-aerosol size distribution, interlaboratory comparison
DOI: 10.1007/s11051-013-1919-4
ISSN: 1572-896X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified (090799)
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 2013 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2013 00:42
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2016 08:55

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