Air Monitoring For Nano


Published on

Published in: Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Air Monitoring For Nano

  1. 1. Overview •  Background •  Summary of Health Effects •  Measurement Techniques •  Sampling Strategy •  DOE NSRC Industrial Hygiene Sampling Protocol •  Use of Sampling Protocol •  Results of Air Sampling •  Discussion of Protocol •  Recommendations for Future Study
  2. 2. Background •  Department of Energy (DOE) Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRC) developing Approach to Nanomaterial ES&H –  Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory –  ORNL and other NSRCs working in close association with NIOSH •  ORISE faculty appointment to assist Oak Ridge National Lab to develop a air monitoring strategy
  3. 3. Definition of Nanoscale Particles •  Freely engineered materials that have at least one dimension 1 – 100 nm •  Ultrafine particles are those less than 100 nm, but created incidental to process Carbon nanotube pattern-square-circle Image provided by Zhengwei Pan Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  4. 4. Summary of Health Effects •  Nanoscale particles exhibit different characteristics than larger materials with same chemical composition •  Particle characteristics such as mass, solubility, shape, surface area and chemistry, coatings and number may be important to measure for toxicological outcomes
  5. 5. Summary of Health Effects •  Insoluble ultrafine particles are more toxic than larger materials resulting in inflammation, tissue damage, and lung tumors. 1 •  Enter the body via the respiratory system and translocate to other organs.2 •  Nanomaterials must be handled using the precautionary principle, “acutely toxic in the short run and chronically toxic in the long run”3
  6. 6. Measurement Techniques •  Total and respirable dust –  Sampling pump with filter (total) or cyclone (respirable), ug/m3 •  Particle count –  Condensation Particle Counter, counts/cc •  Particle size distribution –  Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) –  Electrical Low Pressure Impactor (ELPI)
  7. 7. Measurement Techniques •  Surface area –  BET nitrogen –  Direct reading portable aerosol diffusion chargers •  SEM / TEM
  8. 8. Sampling Strategy •  Traditional industrial hygiene sampling focuses on determining employee exposure and using a hierarchy of controls to reduce exposure
  9. 9. Sampling Strategy •  Currently there are no OSHA, NIOSH, or ACGIH standards or guidelines for employee exposure to “nanomaterials” •  Development of standards is hampered due to: –  Limited toxicological data –  Understanding if count, mass, surface area is correct measurement –  Presence of dopants, often heavy metals, that may complicate toxicological studies (Arsenic, nickel) –  Explosive nature of research and manufacturing processes integrating nanoscale materials
  10. 10. Sampling Strategy •  NSRC Approach to Nanomaterial ES&H stated employee exposure should be kept “as low as practicable in the research environment” (p. 10) •  ORNL developed two pronged sampling strategy (R. Ogle) –  Determine if nanoscale materials are controlled at the source –  Provide more detailed data into nanoscale materials that may be released and affect researchers
  11. 11. IH Sampling Protocol •  Determine if nanomaterials are controlled at the source –  Use of Condensation Particle Counter, TSI 3007 –  Range from 0.01 - >1 um with a concentration range of 0 to 100,000 particles/cc
  12. 12. IH Sampling Protocol •  Provide more detailed data into nanomaterials that may be released and affect researchers –  CPC –  GRIMM Aerosol Spectrometer • Particle sizes in 13 channels ranging from greater than 0.3 um to greater than 10 um, with a count range from 1 to 2 million counts per liter –  High volume air sampling pump with 0.1 um nucleopore filter –  Passive air monitor (SEM / TEM stub)
  13. 13. Study Participants •  ORNL Physical Sciences Directorate •  Researchers working with nanomaterials –  Synthesis, harvesting, other research processes –  Total of eight research groups –  Total of nine sampling campaigns –  Only one sampling campaign utilized entire IH sampling protocol –  Numerous background samples in buildings or labs where nano work is/will take place
  14. 14. Results of Air Sampling •  Importance of Background Measurements Standard Building Location Range (p/cc) Mean Deviation Time (s) Ground floor – 1 main entrance 6330-8260 7360 413.2 571 1 First floor 484-6830 1270 889.9 8318 First floor in empty 1 research lab 2750-4390 3700 272.8 9706 1 Second Floor 665-3200 1530 413.3 10328 1 Third floor 673-3250 1710 583.9 20512 2 First floor – XRD Lab 1174-1327 1243 29.7 171 First floor TEM lab, in 2 laminar flow hood 4-897 399 199 605 2 First floor SEM lab 4344-6182 5596 249.42 705 2 First floor SEM lab 7995-13051 10938 903.73 559
  15. 15. Results of Air Sampling #1 At 10:09 a.m. to end of log, baseline of inside the Grinding the barium hood. fluoride inside the hood. A small spike occurred when the crushed powder was shook from the filter paper into a glass holder. CPC monitoring begins in room F263.
  16. 16. Results of Air Sampling #1 Range Mean Activity / Materials (p/cc) (p/cc) SD Time (s) Room background 970-1344 1214.19 50.58 426 Grinding 1g BaF in hood 1161-1929 1580.73 164.38 540 Hood background 1481-1887 1665.16 78.83 145
  17. 17. Results of Air Sampling #2 All spikes occurred with the use of the 3M HPL#217 HEPA vacuum Range to 85,200 p/cc
  18. 18. Results of Air Sampling #2 Activity / Materials Range Mean Median SD Time Cleanroom area of room 217, room background 0-53 5.33 2 10.08 60 Dismantling enclosure, removing robot (quartz tube containing nanohorns is closed) 0-105 26.17 27 15.79 300 Quartz tube opened on one end, nanohorns scraped from sides and 3M vacuum used at other end to force material into collection chamber (HEPA filter) 6-85185 1312.2 26 6114 840 Using Nilfisk HEPA vacuum and methanol soaked Kimwipes to clean quartz tube and other parts 0-49 26.25 27 8.71 900 Removing collection chamber which contains nanohorns on a HEPA filter 5-36 16.21 15 6.14 180 Cleaning parts used to connect collection chamber to quartz tube using MeOH Kimwipes and Nilfisk HEPA vacuum 8-46 26.54 23 7.64 480 Placing collection device, tools, and container in glove bag (takes place in laminar flow hood) 6-35 19.53 17 5.85 240 Glove bag sealed, harvesting nanotubes takes place in glove bag, in laminar flow hood 4-51 28.13 29 6.37 1200 Glove bag opened, as items removed they are wiped with MeOH soaked Kimwipe and Nilfisk vacuum 10-242 36.82 26 23.49 300 Glove bag taped shut and final clean up takes place 6-171 26.11 17 14.37 660
  19. 19. Results of Air Sampling #2
  20. 20. Results of Air Sampling •  Blank and High Volume Pump Samples Blank Active Sample
  21. 21. Results of Air Sampling •  “Bulk” from cold finger inserted into quartz tube where ablation occurred
  22. 22. Discussion •  Use of CPC –  Extremely effective to use to identify background levels and spikes due to particle generating processes in the research environment –  Must stay horizontal! –  Spikes seen due to doors opening/closing, heating processes (furnace), other equipment –  Must carefully monitor instrument, collect detailed task level data correlated with time –  Two person task –  Background levels crucial to data interpretation –  Not effective to collect employee exposure samples
  23. 23. Discussion •  Use of GRIMM –  Provides particle size distribution –  Did not measure particles less than 300 nm • Agglomeration of discrete nanomaterials –  Particle size distribution can help predict lung deposition and potential health effects, as well as control methodologies –  Stationary instrument, affected by movement and surrounding processes
  24. 24. Discussion •  Active and passive air samples –  Can provide confirmation of particle size distribution, morphology and count –  Time required to analyze samples –  Placement of samples •  Synchronize instrument times for ease of data analysis •  Spatial and temporal issues
  25. 25. Discussion •  Particle spikes found due to equipment issues: –  3M HEPA vacuum –  Heat exchanger on laser enclosure •  Controls and work practices were effective overall: –  Work in hoods –  Wet methods –  Closed systems / enclosures
  26. 26. Recommendations •  Continued development of air sampling protocol, and toxicological studies for employee exposure guidelines •  Missing link? – surface area measurements and correlation to toxicological studies –  TSI AEROTRAK 9000 Nanoparticle Aerosol Monitor measures surface area of aerosols that deposit in tracheobronchial and alveolar regions of the lung
  27. 27. Conclusion •  CPC effective to monitor nanoparticle releases in research settings •  Entire protocol collects a wide variety of information; however is time and labor intensive •  Equipment is expensive to purchase and maintain •  Continued collaboration between DOE facilities, NIOSH and others to create sampling strategy and meaningful data collection and analysis
  28. 28. References 1.  Lee KP, Trochimowicz HJ, Reinhardt CF [1985]. Pulmonary response of rats exposed to titanium dioxide (TiO2) by inhalation for two years. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 79:179–192 Oberdörster G, Yu [1990]. The carcinogenic potential of inhaled diesel exhaust: a particle effect? J Aerosol Sci 21(S397– S401). Oberdörster G, Ferin J, Gelein R, Soderholm SC, Finkelstein J [1992]. Role of the alveo­lar macrophage in lung injury— studies with ultrafine particles. Environ Health Perspect 97:193–199. Oberdörster G, Ferin J, Lehnert BE [1994a]. Correlation between particle-size, in-vivo particle persistence, and lung injury. Environ Health Perspect 102(S5):173–179. Oberdörster G, Ferin J, Soderholm S, Gelein R, Cox C, Baggs R, Morrow PE [1994b]. Increased pulmonary toxicity of inhaled ultrafine parti­cles: due to lung overload alone? Ann. Occup. Hyg. 38(Suppl. 1):295–302. Heinrich U, Fuhst R, Rittinghausen S, Creut­zenberg O, Bellmann B, Koch W, Levsen K [1995]. Chronic inhalation exposure of wistar rats and 2 different strains of mice to diesel-engine exhaust, carbon-black, and titanium-dioxide. Inhal Toxicol 7(4):533–556 Lison, D., C. Lardot, F. Huaux, G. Zanetti, Fu­bini B [1997]. Influence of particle surface area on the toxicity of insoluble manganese dioxide dusts. Arch. Toxicol. 71(12):725–729. Tran CL, Buchanan D, Cullen RT, Searl A, Jones AD, Donaldson K [2000]. Inhalation of poorly soluble particles. II. Influence of particle sur­face area on inflammation and clearance. In­halation Toxicology 12(12):1113–1126. Brown DM, Wilson MR, MacNee W, Stone V, Donaldson K [2001]. Size-dependent pro­inflammatory effects of ultrafine polystyrene particles: A role for surface area and oxida­tive stress in the enhanced activity of ultra­fines. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 175(3):191– 199.Brown et al. 2001; Duffin R, Tran CL, Clouter A, Brown DM, MacNee W, Stone V, Donaldson K [2002]. The importance of surface area and specific reac­tivity in the acute pulmonary inflammatory response to particles. Ann Occup Hyg 46:242–245. Duf­fin et al. 2002; Renwick LC, Brown D, Clouter A, Donaldson K [2004]. Increased inflammation and altered macrophage chemotactic responses caused by two ultrafine particles. Occup Environ Med 61:442–447. Renwick, Brown, Clouter & Donaldson, 2004; Barlow P.G., Clouter-Baker A.C., Donaldson K., MacCallum J., Stone V. (2005). Carbon black nanoparticles induce type II epithelial cells to release chemotaxins for alveolar macrophages. Particle and Fiber Toxicol 2, 14 pp (open access).
  29. 29. References 2.  Takenaka S, Karg D, Roth C, Schulz H, Ziesenis A, Heinzmann U, Chramel P, Heyder J [2001]. Pulmonary and systemic distribution of in­haled ultrafine silver particles in rats. Environ Health Perspect 109(suppl. 4):547–551. Oberdörster G, Sharp Z, Atudorei V, Elder A, Gelein R, Lunts A, Kreyling W, Cox C [2002]. Extrapulmonary translocation of ultrafine carbon particles following whole-body inhala­tion exposure of rats. J Toxicol Environ Health 65 Part A(20):1531–1543.National Research Council (1995). 3.  Prudent practices in the laboratory. (1995). Washington DC: National Academy Press, p.3