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Environment, Health and Safety Research

Portable Monitors for Airbourne Metals at Mining Sites

Project Information

Principal InvestigatorPam Drake
InstitutionNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Project URLView
Relevance to ImplicationsHigh
Class of NanomaterialGeneric
Impact SectorHuman Health
Broad Research Categories Exposure
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Funding Information

Anticipated Total Fundingn/a
Annual Fundingn/a
Funding SourceNIOSH
Funding MechanismIntramural
Funding SectorGovernment
Start Year2000
Anticipated End Year2004


The research focuses on evaluation of field-portable methods for measuring airborne metals. Air filter samples were collected during milling, smelting, and refining operations and analyzed, in the field, for various metals by portable anodic stripping voltammetry and X-Ray fluorescence. In some cases the aerosols include nanoparticles and in that regard this project deals with measurement of metal derived from nanoparticles.