Carbon Black (CB) has the ability to excellently bind many organic substances; therefore it is used in many industrial applications as a filter material (activated carbon). While the removal of pollutants in industrial processes is targeted, this process happens randomly in the environment.

 

A wide variety of pollutants (such as pesticides, drugs or exhaust gases) is capable to bind to the soot particles and influence their toxic effects [e.g. 1,2]. Soot particles having a primary size of 14 or 260 nm form very large agglomerates of 800-1300 nm size in saline seawater [3].

Embryo of the toothed wrack with nanoscale carbon black agglomerates (left), A toothed wrack plant (right). © Nielsen et al., 2008.Embryo of the toothed wrack with nanoscale carbon black agglomerates (left), A toothed wrack plant (right). © Nielsen et al., 2008.

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  1. Moermond, CT et al. (2005), Environ Sci Technol, 39(9): 3101-3109.
  2. Knauer, K et al. (2007), Aquat Toxicol, 83(2): 143-148.
  3. Nielsen, HD et al. (2008), Nanotoxicology, 2(2): 88-97.

 

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