Steam disinfection releases micro(nano)plastics from silicone-rubber baby teats as examined by optical photothermal infrared microspectroscopy

@article{Su2021SteamDR,
  title={Steam disinfection releases micro(nano)plastics from silicone-rubber baby teats as examined by optical photothermal infrared microspectroscopy},
  author={Yu Su and Xi Hu and Hongjie Tang and Kun Lu and Huimin Li and Si-Dong Liu and Baoshan Xing and Rong Ji},
  journal={Nature Nanotechnology},
  year={2021},
  volume={17},
  pages={76-85}
}
  • Yu SuXi Hu R. Ji
  • Published 11 November 2021
  • Physics
  • Nature Nanotechnology
Silicone-rubber baby teats used to bottle-feed infants are frequently disinfected by moist heating. However, infant exposure to small microplastics (<10 μm) potentially released from the heated teats by hydrothermal decomposition has not been studied, owing to the limitations of conventional spectroscopy in visualizing microplastic formation and in characterizing the particles at the submicrometre scale. Here both the surfaces of silicone teats subjected to steam disinfection and the wash… 

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