This study explored morphological, mineralogical, and physicochemical features of suspected toxic mordenite fibers from Northern Italy. All the mordenite samples (FAS1, GC1, SP1) show similar structural and chemical character, are Na-rich (Na > Ca > K), and the Al content decrease reflects the unit cell volumes in the series: FAS1 > SP1 > GC1. The aerodynamic diameter (Dae) values of the mordenite fibers are 1.19 m for the GC1 sample, 2.69 m for FAS1, and 3.91 m for SP1. All the studied mordenite samples are characterized by “respirable” fibers despite the size differences, which could reach the deeper parts of the lungs. For this reason, fibrous mordenite could represent a potential health hazard and then need to be handled with attention, but further toxicity studies are needed.

Another Potentially Hazardous Zeolite from Northern Italy: Fibrous Mordenite

Giordani, Matteo
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Meli, Maria Assunta;Roselli, Carla;Mattioli, Michele
2022

Abstract

This study explored morphological, mineralogical, and physicochemical features of suspected toxic mordenite fibers from Northern Italy. All the mordenite samples (FAS1, GC1, SP1) show similar structural and chemical character, are Na-rich (Na > Ca > K), and the Al content decrease reflects the unit cell volumes in the series: FAS1 > SP1 > GC1. The aerodynamic diameter (Dae) values of the mordenite fibers are 1.19 m for the GC1 sample, 2.69 m for FAS1, and 3.91 m for SP1. All the studied mordenite samples are characterized by “respirable” fibers despite the size differences, which could reach the deeper parts of the lungs. For this reason, fibrous mordenite could represent a potential health hazard and then need to be handled with attention, but further toxicity studies are needed.
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