University of Iowa researchers have developed a personal air sampler for workers in the manufacturing sector, according to a release. The sampler can be worn on a shirt lapel and detects nanoparticles.
The device is called the Nanoparticle Respiratory Deposition sampler. It’s about the size of a deodorant stick and relatively lightweight. The researchers say measuring smaller particles makes sense because the particles are becoming increasingly common in manufacturing products.
The University of Iowa Research Foundation has filed a patent application for the device and funding has been granted by Iowa Centers for Enterprise to develop a disposable version of the sampler.