Matthias Hufnagel 1, Nadine May 2, Johanna Wall 1, Nadja Wingert 3, Manuel Garcia-Käufer 3, Ali Arif 3, Christof Hübner 4, Markus Berger 5, Sonja Mülhopt 2, Werner Baumann 2, Frederik Weis 6, Tobias Krebs 5, Wolfgang Becker 4, Richard Gminski 3, Dieter Stapf 2, and Andrea Hartwig 1,
1 Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Institute of Applied Biosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany;
2 Institute for Technical Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany;
3 Institute for Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical Center—University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, 79110 Freiburg, Germany;
4 Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology, 76327 Pfinztal, Germany;
5 Vitrocell® Systems GmbH, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany;
6 Palas GmbH, 76229 Karlsruhe, Germany;
This study was the first to investigate the toxicological effects of well characterized aerosols released during combustion of thermoplastic nanocomposites using an air–liquid interface exposure system. Even though studies on the toxicological potential of combustion-generated particulate matter as well as VOCs have been published, none of them was designed to investigate the effect of the native aerosol using appropriate realistic lung cell culture models. In the current study we investigated the combustion behavior of PE-based nanocomposites on a lab-scale burner. As nanoscaled fillers TiO2 NP, CuO NP, as well as CNT were chosen for this study, with TiO2 NP representing a commonly used insoluble and inert nanomaterial, CuO NP as a known in vitro cyto- as well as genotoxic nanomaterial, and CNT as a fiber-shaped nanomaterial.