Are there generalizable trends in the release of airborne synthetic clay nanoparticles from a jet milling process?

Faghihi, Ehsan Majd, Martin, Darren, Clifford, Samuel, Edwards, Grant, He, Congrong, Asbach, Christof, & Morawska, Lidia (2015) Are there generalizable trends in the release of airborne synthetic clay nanoparticles from a jet milling process? Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 15, pp. 365-375.

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Abstract

Despite recent efforts to assess the release of nanoparticles to the workplace during different nanotechnology activities, the existence of a generalizable trend in the particle release has yet to be identified. This study aimed to characterize the release of synthetic clay nanoparticles from a laboratory-based jet milling process by quantifying the variations arising from primary particle size and surface treatment of the material used, as well as the feed rate of the machine. A broad range of materials were used in this study, and the emitted particles mass (PM2.5) and number concentrations (PNC) were measured at the release source. Analysis of variance, followed by linear mixed-effects modeling, was applied to quantify the variations in PM2.5 and PNC of the released particles caused by the abovementioned factors. The results confirmed that using materials of different primary size and surface treatment affects the release of the particles from the same process by causing statistically-significant variations in PM2.5 and PNC. The interaction of these two factors should also be taken into account as it resulted in variations in the measured particles release properties. Furthermore, the feed rate of the milling machine was confirmed to be another influencing parameter. Although this research does not identify a specific pattern in the release of synthetic clay nanoparticles from the jet milling process generalizable to other similar settings, it emphasizes that each tested case should be handled individually in terms of exposure considerations.

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ID Code: 84558
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Airborne particles release, Workplace aerosol measurement, Nanotechnology
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2014.06.0124
ISSN: 2071-1409
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
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research
Deposited On: 28 May 2015 22:53
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 17:04

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