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Authors: Borghi, Francesca
Internal Tutor: CATTANEO, ANDREA
Title: Assessment of portable and miniaturized sensors for the monitoring of human exposure to air pollutants
Abstract: In the last years, several in-field campaigns have been conducted using portable and miniaturized monitors to evaluate the personal exposure to different pollutants. In general, this kind of monitors are characterized by worse metrological performance if compared to the traditional standard methods. Despite this disadvantage, portable and miniaturized monitors could be easily used across different applications, because their advantageous features, such as the capability to provide real-time measurement, the high spatial and temporal resolution of acquired data, the ability to adapt to different experimental designs and, especially, the ability to follow the subject in any activity. Finally, portable and miniaturized instruments can provide data acquired in the respiratory zone of the subject, following therefore the practices for a correct exposure assessment. Obviously, the best compromise between the analytical gold standard (in terms of precision, accuracy and instrumental sensitivity) and the gold standard in regard to the exposure assessment should be chosen. Therefore, in brief, principal aims of this thesis are (i) to evaluate the on-field performances of portable and miniaturized monitors for gaseous pollutants and airborne PM and (ii) to use these monitors in exposure assessment studies and (iii) to understand if data acquired via portable and miniaturized monitors could be useful in other fields of application, such as epidemiological studies or toxicological studies, in which the evaluation of the inhaled dose of pollutants could play a key role.
Keywords: Miniaturized monitors, air pollution, exposure assessment
Issue Date: 2019
Language: eng
Doctoral course: Scienze chimiche e ambientali
Academic cycle: 32
Publisher: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Citation: Borghi, F.Assessment of portable and miniaturized sensors for the monitoring of human exposure to air pollutants (Doctoral Thesis, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, 2019).

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