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Exposure to Nanoparticles: Is This Something We Should Worry About?. If So, What Should We Do About It? Michael Ellenbecker. LOWELL. The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing. Societal Impact. Testbeds: Memory Devices And Biosensor. Education - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
  • Exposure to Nanoparticles: Is This Something We Should Worry About?If So, What Should We Do About It?

    Michael Ellenbecker

  • The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing

  • CHN Pathway to NanomanufacturingSocietal Impact and Outreach

  • Who Might be Exposed?Workers manufacturing nanoparticle-containing devicesThe general public

  • When Might We be Exposed?Life Cycle Assessment:- Manufacture- Use- End of life disposal

  • How Might We be Exposed?Routes of exposure:InjectionIngestionInhalationDermal exposure

  • The Human Respiratory TractHead AirwaysNasopharyngealLung AirwaysPulmonaryGasExchangeHumidificationHeatingRemovalBranchingClearanceFlow may be turbulentLaminar flow (not fully developed)

  • Cross-section of alveoliShows a very thin (500 nm) separation between blood and air. An SEM image of the alveoli is shown in the insetHoet et al. J Nanobiotech 2004.

  • Olfactory nerve exposureand central nervous system effects

  • Alveolar Macrophage attacking e. coli

  • Regional Lung Deposition

  • Modeled Total Particle Deposition ProbabilitySource: Maynard and Kuempel, Airborne nanostructured particles and occupational health (2005)

  • NIOSH Inhalation StudiesPurified SWCNTsMiceAspiration 0,10,20,40 g/mouseUltrafine carbon black and SiO2 used as controlDose equivalent to a worker exposed to the graphite Permissible Exposure Limit (5 mg/m3) for 20 work days

  • Effects on LungBoth inflammation (acute response) and fibrosis (chronic response) were foundEffects were dose-dependentNo fibrosis and greatly reduced inflammation found with the reference materials

  • Dermal Exposures

  • Dermal PenetrationHerpes virus has a diameter of ~ 150 nmPenetrates the skin and travels to the spinal columnCan this happen with engineered nanoparticles?Particles have been found in the epidermis

  • Dermal Exposure

    Tinkle et alEHP 2003

  • Are CHN researchers being exposed?

  • Measuring Location of TSE

  • *Introduced NanoparticlesAt source200nm

  • Fume Hoods

  • Breathing Zone- Conventional hoodTransferring 100g Al2O3 Pouring 100g Al2O3 Note: Background concentration was subtracted.

  • Woodrow Wilson InstituteProject on Emerging NanotechnologiesNanotechnology Consumer Products InventoryCurrently lists 580 products, fromAccuFlex Evolution golf shaft, toZelens C-60 Fullerene Night Cream


  • From Zelens web siteFullerene C60 is a naturally occurring microscopic form of carbon, of the same purity as a diamond, which was found To have remarkable anti-oxidant properties. The key to thepower of Fullerenes C60 lies in its shape. Its 60 carbon atoms are arranges like a soccer ball, with 32 surfaces. Each of these surfaces attract, and neutralise, the damaging free radicals, leading scientists to call Fullerene C60 the radical scavenger.

  • Air Sanitizer by Shenzen Industry Nano silver photocatalyst keeps the features of common air sanitizer. Because of adding nanometer Ag, etc. the air sanitizer has capabilities of stronger oxidation reductive reaction, sterilization, deodorization, decomposing and adsorption, but also has the efficiency of persisting in sterilization (Can sterilize even in the conditions of no light) and keeping moisture within 24 hours.

  • Blue Lizard BabyBlue Lizard Baby - Chemical free formula, SPF 30 formulated in Australia using the newest Nanotechnological ingredients to meet the world's toughest sunscreen standards... Australia's and yours!

  • MesoGold by Purest Colloids, Inc.Contains only pure water and pure gold nanometer sized particles. Smallest gold nanoparticles whose diameter typically measure 3.2 nm

  • NanoFilterCX Cigarette FilterThe NanoFilterCXcombines sub-micron fibers with nanofibers to produce a high void fiber matrix. to provide for higher diffusion, interception and retention of smoke toxins and dangerous particulate matter without losing desired tobacco taste.

  • Chemical & Engineering News

  • What Should We Do About It?Worker exposureBest practices for minimizing exposureConsumer exposureDont buy dumb products!End of life?????????Throughout life cycleLack of government regulation/guidance

  • Best Practices for Working Safely with Nanoparticles in University Research LaboratoriesMichael J. Ellenbecker, Sc.D., CIHProfessor and DirectorToxics Use Reduction Institute

  • Document OutlineIntroductionBasic PremisesOccupational Hygiene Resources Available to CHN ResearchersRoutine R&D Laboratory OperationsManagement of Nanomaterials Management of Nanomaterial Spills

  • 2. Basic PremisesRelatively little known about the toxicity of nanoparticlesEnough known about engineered nanoparticles to cause concernThe precautionary approach must be followed, i.e., limit exposure to nanoparticles until we know that certain exposures are acceptable

  • AvailabilityFor a copy of the document, contact M Ellenbecker at:


    *Talk to TSI, know the large particle bigger than 300nm are poorly charged, both particle number concentration and particle mobility diameter are underestimated. By-pass has face velocity in a range air goes through the top slots when the sash is lowered, that control the face velocity in a rangeFace velocity of Conventional hood is dependent to sash locationVelocity of Constant is independent of sash location IH-3 data, the effect of face velocity of particle release Background substractTransferring is less energetic, conc are similar at different velocity Pouring is more energetic that cause high particle release and its worst at the highest velocity

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