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Carbon Nanotube & Graphene Monitoring

Our original detection device is specifically designed to recognize airborne carbon nanotubes and graphene. Monitoring exposure of these potentially harmful fibers and platelets is a must-do in any occupational environment.

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Personal and Stationary Monitoring

Today’s advances in man-made nanomaterials pose new and unprecedented health risks, arising especially from airborne. inhalable fiber-shaped nanomaterials, like carbon nanotubes (CNTs).

Current CNT sensing strategies either suffer from high detection limits, or involve labor intensive image analysis which makes it challenging for a CNT-handling facility to detect possible CNT contamination and implement safety measures.

At Stat Peel, we have developed a compact badge sensor and an integrated bench-top sized optical reader to monitor personal occupational exposure to CNTs, graphene and other nanofibers. It works in two steps:

1. The employees wear lightweight badges during their activities. The badge collects the respirable fraction of airborne CNTs using an inertia-based size separator on a custom functionalized membrane.

2. At the end of a shift the badges are inserted into the reader, which selectively detects CNTs using Raman spectroscopy and reports and stores personal exposure.

Our solution can uniquely distinguish the target CNTs from background aerosols and is capable of detecting sub-nanogram amounts of CNTs, significantly below recommended exposure levels set by National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety in the USA.
Using the exposure data will show proof of compliance with recommended exposure limits for employee safety and adherence to best practices.
Locate sources of contamination with an upgrade to comprehensive facility-wide monitoring.

Comprehensive Facility Monitoring

With a software upgrade our system can be used to monitor contamination sources across the whole manufacturing area.

Components

The badge

Badges can be worn by employees to monitor personal exposure, as well as placed in specific locations within a facility to monitor release. Each badge is about the size and weight of a phone, so it is easy to wear throughout the workday. There is a small opening that allows air to flow through to the filtration slide.

Filtration slides

Filtration slides with specially developed membranes are used to gather particles from the filtered air. Each slide has one, two or three membranes to collect the respirable particle fraction. The appropriate number of membranes is determined by how “clean” a facility is. Each slide has a barcode so it can be traced to a certain user, and the slides can be archived to provide an additional record of compliance.

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