Michele L. Ostraat

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This article describes a highly tailorable exposure assessment strategy for nanomaterials that enables effective and efficient exposure management (i.e., a strategy that can identify jobs or tasks that have clearly unacceptable exposures), while simultaneously requiring only a modest level of resources to conduct. The strategy is based on strategy general(More)
Inhalation toxicity and exposure assessment studies for nonfibrous particulates have traditionally been conducted using particle mass measurements as the preferred dose metric (i.e., mg or microg/m(3)). However, currently there is a debate regarding the appropriate dose metric for nanoparticle exposure assessment studies in the workplace. The objectives of(More)
The amount of data being generated in the nanotechnology research space is significant, and the coordination, sharing, and downstream analysis of the data is complex and consistently deliberated. The complexities of the data are due in large part to the inherently complicated characteristics of nanomaterials. Also, testing protocols and assays used for(More)
Important questions are emerging about potential occupational safety, toxicological, and ecotoxicological effects and occupational inhalation exposure risks to engineered aerosol nanoparticles. Although multiple avenues are available to synthesize nanoparticles, few tools are accessible to industrial hygienists and inhalation toxicologists to produce(More)
The quantity of information on nanomaterial properties and behavior continues to grow rapidly. Without a concerted effort to collect, organize and mine disparate information coming out of current research efforts, the value and effective use of this information will be limited at best. Data will not be translated to knowledge. At worst, erroneous(More)
We present a method to assess the behavior of aerosol nanoparticles as a function of time and of selected aerosol chamber and environmental conditions upon exposure to polydisperse silicon dioxide (SiO2) aerosol nanoparticles (NPs). Through synthesis of SiO2 aerosol NPs, a well-controlled, stable source of aerosol NPs was used to probe aerosol behavior in(More)
Pipeline corrosion continues to present challenges to the oil and gas industry, with billions of dollars being spent annually to remediate, repair, and replace steel piping. The corrosion processes of this piping are not well understood, due in part to the seemingly endless environmental and industrial parameters involved in corrosion of the steel. We have(More)
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