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Experimental determination of ultrafine TiO2 deagglomeration in a surrogate pulmonary surfactant: preliminary results.

Authors
Maynard-AD
Source
Ann Occup Hyg, Inhaled Particles IX, 2002 Dec; 46(Suppl 1):197-202
NIOSHTIC No.
20022265
Abstract
Although a number of studies have demonstrated an association between the surface area of low-solubility particles and biological response within the respiratory system, the use of agglomerated particles has led to ambiguities over the interpretation of results in many cases. A clear understanding of the role of particle size and total available surface area requires some knowledge of the degree of deagglomeration that takes place following deposition in the lungs. Samples of ultrafine TiO2 (primary particle diameter -20 nm) have been suspended in a surrogate pulmonary surfactant, and the size distribution of the suspended particles was measured using transmission electron microscopy. Comparison with airborne particle size distributions indicates a shift in modal diameter from -300 nm to -100 nm following suspension in the surfactant. There was no indication of particle deagglomeration to primary particles. It is hypothesized that the manufacturing process of materials such as ultrafine TiO2 leads to the formation of primary agglomerates-clusters of primary particles held together by partial sintering-and that these represent the limit of deagglomeration following lung deposition.
Keywords
Surfactants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Biological-factors; Microscopy; Lung; Pulmonary-system; Nanotechnology; Author Keywords: pulmonary surfactant; titanium dioxide; ultrafines
Contact
A. D. Maynard, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
CODEN
AOHYA3
Publication Date
20021201
Document Type
Journal Article
Editors
Ogden-T; Donaldson-K; Cherry-N
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0003-4878
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
Source Name
Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Inhaled Particles IX
State
OH
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