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The detection of airborne carbon nanotubes in relation to toxicology and workplace safety

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Cumpson


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As the total annual production of carbon nanotubes is expected to increase, this highlights an ever-increasing need to have a tool for the detection of nanotubes. By identifying predefined criteria for the detection platform, it is evident that the current general nanoparticle sensing technologies will not meet several important requirements like high sensitivity and selectivity. We therefore explore other techniques (based on microscopic and spectroscopic technologies) that have the potential to meet more stringent detection requirements. Although we have mainly focused on the features of the analytical techniques concerned, other issues that would determine their suitability for routine measurements (such as ease of calibration and sampling issues) are also summarized. It is clear from our review that no ‘perfect’ technique exists and ways to improve current technologies or develop/explore future technology for CNT detection are still very much needed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tantra R, Cumpson P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nanotoxicology

Year: 2007

Volume: 1

Issue: 4

Pages: 251-265

ISSN (print): 1743-5390

ISSN (electronic): 1743-5404

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.1080/17435390701675906


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