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Unbound Engineered Nanoscale Particles (UNP)

Those nanoscale particles that are not contained within a matrix under normal temperature and pressure conditions that would reasonably be expected to prevent the particles from being separately mobile and a potential source of exposure. An engineered primary nanoscale particle dispersed and fixed within a polymer matrix, incapable as a practical matter of becoming airborne, would be bound,” while such a particle suspended as an aerosol would be “unbound.” For example, relevant nanoscale particle types include intentionally produced fullerenes, nanotubes, nanowires, nanoropes, nanoribbons, quantum dots, nanoscale metal oxides, nanoplates, nanolayers, and other engineered nanoscale particles.

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