It is difficult to distinguish between an environmental exposure with synthetically produced Carbon Black (CB) and soot from combustion processes (e.g. traffic exhaust). The latter contains many harmful substances produced by combustion processes, which bind effectively to the carbon particles.


Soot from different sources is found in all environmental compartments, such as air, rain and surface waters, and in soil [1,2]. To date, data on environmental concentrations of engineered Carbon Black nanoparticles are not available.


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  1. Moermond, CT et al. (2005), Environ Sci Technol, 39(9): 3101-3109.
  2. Knauer, K et al. (2007), Aquat Toxicol, 83(2): 143-148.


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