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Nanoparticles in air

What is nanoparticle concentration?

Nanoparticles are classified into three categories: natural, “anthropogenic” and manufactured nanoparticles. In ambient atmospheres (office, housing, …), the average concentration of nanoparticles is in the region of 103 to 5x104 part.cm-3 (for particles having a median diameter less than 2x102 nm). But these values vary widely in time and space.

  • Natural nanoparticles: particles produced by natural phenomenon's (volcanic eruptions, sea spay, sand erosion, forest fires).
  • “Anthropogenic” nanoparticles : particles produced by industrial human activities (industries, automobile, agriculture,…).