Nanotechnology has emerged and been hailed as the next industrial revolution. Why? The answer is simple: better material properties. Nanomaterials have novel electrical, catalytic, magnetic, mechanical, thermal, and optical properties compared to bulk materials. However, the health risks of using or manufacturing nanoparticles are not clearly understood. Subsequently, there has been an explosion of nanoparticle inhalation toxicology research, and workplace nanoparticle emission and exposure monitoring. TSI’s unique, real-time nanoparticle measurement instruments are relied upon by many professionals, including nanoparticle material and process researchers, inhalation toxicologists, industrial hygienists, and process engineers.
TSI Has Advanced Precision Measurement Solutions for a Wide Array of Nanotechnology Research Applications
- Nanoparticle material and process researchers use high resolution, highly accurate characterization tools like the SMPS™ spectrometer (for liquid or airborne nanoparticle sizing) and Condensation Particle Counters to help them significantly shorten R&D timelines—saving time and money.
- Precision nanoparticle generation instrumentation like TSI’s Electrospray Aerosol Generator 3480 or the Sub-micron Monodisperse Aerosol Generation 3940 system can produce higher quality nanoparticles. Nanoparticle health effects investigators and researchers in inhalation toxicology depend on these same instruments to generate controlled challenge aerosol for test subjects, to precisely quantify the delivered dose, and to determine the inhaled portion of nanoparticles.
- The Nanoparticle Surface Area Monitor 3550 measures the lung-deposited surface area of inhaled particles in real time -an important health effect metric.
Nanoparticle Workplace Exposure Monitoring and Process Control
- Professionals interested in nanoparticle exposure and risk assessment for the workplace regularly use TSI’s Condensation Particle Counter 3007, a hand-held particle counter, the P-Trak® Ultrafine Particle counter, or the AeroTrak® 9000 Surface Area Monitor to locate nanoparticle sources and measure nanoparticle emissions. The PortaCount® Pro Respirator Fit tester helps employers ensure they are providing adequate worker protection.
- Additionally, manufacturing engineers are increasing turning to real-time measurement tools like CPCs or the SMPS™ spectrometer to monitor nanoparticle product processes. Manufactured nanoparticles are expensive. Engineers can’t wait for slow and expensive offline techniques to determine if the nanomaterial production line is out of control.
Contact TSI to learn more about our many solutions for nanotechnology monitoring and how our instruments can be used for a range of applications in this evolving field.