If silicone can be used as a passive sampler in aqueous deployments, could it be used to sample the atmosphere?  If so, could we take an existing commercial product, and modify it for use as a personal passive sampler?  These were the questions we wanted to address in our work with silicone wristbands.  We began work in 2010 with laboratory studies that tested whether wristband samplers could be modified for passive sampling.  After initial studies showed promise, we tried field exposures to see if samplers would be spatially or temporally sensitive in a real world environment. Not only were wristbands sensitive between working professionals, but data indicated that the samplers represented unique individual exposures.

What is a passive wristband sampler?

 

 Wristband News Stories

OSU Develops Wristband That Detects Pollutants (KLCC radio interview with Kim Anderson)