Summary of Findings - Studies of the Chemical Composition and Toxicity of Airborne Fine Particles in Cork’s Mid-Harbour

Authors: Ian P. O’Connor, David A. Healy, Arnaud Allanic, Stig Hellebust, Jennifer M. Bell, Siobhan Cashman and John R. Sodeau. Lead Organisation: University College Cork

Summary: Summary of Findings - STRIVE Report 85

Published: 2011

Pages: 2

Filesize: 254 KB

Format: pdf


Particulate matter (PM) was collected over a period of one year (April 2007 to April 2008) in Cork Harbour, Ireland. A high-volume cascade impactor and polyurethane foam collection substrates were used in the collection process. The inorganic constituents found in the fine fraction of PM obtained at the mid-harbour site (Haulbowline Naval Base) were characterised by inductively coupled plasma- optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and ion chromatography. The ability of the fine PM collected to induce toxic effects on biological systems was experimentally investigated. Oxidative stress, cytotoxicity and inflammatory responses were measured in an in vitro system using A549 human lung epithelial cells.

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