Nanoparticles and cars - analysis of potential sources
Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2012, 7:13 doi:10.1186/1745-6673-7-13Published: 22 June 2012
Urban health is potentially affected by particle emissions. The potential toxicity of nanoparticles is heavily debated and there is an enormous global increase in research activity in this field. In this respect, it is commonly accepted that nanoparticles may also be generated in processes occurring while driving vehicles. So far, a variety of studies addressed traffic-related particulate matter emissions, but only few studies focused on potential nanoparticles.
Therefore, the present study analyzed the literature with regard to nanoparticles and cars. It can be stated that, to date, only a limited amount of research has been conducted in this area and more studies are needed to 1) address kind and sources of nanoparticles within automobiles and to 2) analyse whether there are health effects caused by these nanoparticles.