Performance evaluation of two personal bioaerosol samplers.
Tolchinsky-AD; Sigaev-VI; Varfolomeev-AN; Uspenskaya-SN; Cheng-YS; Su-WC
J Environ Sci Health Part A: Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng 2011 Dec; 46(14):1690-1698
In this study, the performance of two newly developed personal bioaerosol samplers for monitoring the level of environmental and occupational airborne microorganisms was evaluated. These new personal bioaerosol samplers were designed based on a swirling cyclone with recirculating liquid film. The performance evaluation included collection efficiency tests using inert aerosols, the bioaerosol survival test using viable airborne microorganism, and the evaluation of using non-aqueous collection liquid for long-period sampling. The test results showed that these two newly developed personal bioaerosol samplers are capable of doing high efficiency, aerosol sampling (the cutoff diameters are around 0.7 Ám for both samplers), and have proven to provide acceptable survival for the collected bioaerosols. By using an appropriate non-aqueous collection liquid, these two personal bioaerosol samplers should be able to permit continuous, long-period bioaerosol sampling with considerable viability for the captured bioaerosols.
Aerosol-sampling; Samplers; Sampling; Sampling-equipment; Performance-capability; Equipment-reliability; Air-samplers; Air-sampling; Air-sampling-equipment; Microorganisms; Airborne-particles;
Author Keywords: Bioaerosol; personal sampler; collection efficiency
Wei-Chung Su, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, 2425 Ridgecrest Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008913; Grant-Number-R01-OH-009801; B01182012
Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A: Toxic Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Lovelace Biomedical & Environmental Research, Albuquerque, New Mexico