Title: Comments on the article by A.J. Lecloux (J Nanopart Res (2015) 17:447) regarding the use of volume-specific surface area (VSSA) to classify nanomaterials
Authors: GIBSON PeterRAUSCHER HubertROEBBEN Gert
Citation: JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH vol. 18 no. 8 p. 250
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC101773
ISSN: 1388-0764
URI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11051-016-3507-x
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC101773
DOI: 10.1007/s11051-016-3507-x
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In November 2015, an article by A. J. Lecloux was published in this journal (J Nanopart Res, 17:447, 2015). The article focused on the use of volume-specific surface area (VSSA) for the implementation of the European Commission’s recommended definition of ‘‘nanomaterial’’. In that paper, VSSA values were calculated for polydisperse particulate materials using a particle number-based averaging method which do not agree with earlier results of VSSA simulations of polydisperse materials reported in 2014 by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC). In this contribution, we explain the difference between traditional view of VSSA which was used by the JRC and the proposed model of Lecloux. Through the use of some simple examples for polydisperse materials, it is demonstrated that the latter produces values which neither correspond to the generally accepted definition of VSSA nor relate to the commonly used experimental methods for determining VSSA using gas adsorption. Lecloux’s model therefore does not constitute a basis for practical implementation of the EC’s definition of nanomaterial using gas adsorption techniques.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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