Welcome to Particle Vision, the particle specialists
We are a passionate, versatile team with solid experience in the analysis of fine particles (abrasion particles from tires, brakes, mineral particles, nanoparticles,...) to support you and help you find a solution to your questions.
Whether it is airborne dust, or particles on surfaces or in water bodies emitted by road and rail traffic, or by construction, quarries, gravel pits, industrial activities, or natural processes (sand events, volcanic eruptions, etc.)... we can help you find a quick solution to your environmental and material question.
Let our analysis services inspire you. We are looking forward to your inquiry by phone
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Our scientific publications (peer-reviewed)
Review article on techniques to quantify tire wear particles (TWP/TRWP). This study was performed in collaboration with a team of scientists form Norway, Germany, Sweden and Australia (2023): "Analytical challenges and possibilities for the quantification of tire-road wear particles" https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trac.2023.117121
Scientific article on the quantification of non-exhaust particles along roads. The study was performed in collaboration with scientists of the university of Mississippi (2022): "On airborne tire wear particles along roads with different traffic characteristics using passive sampling and optical microscopy, single particle SEM/EDX, and µ-ATR-FTIR analyses" https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2022.1022697
Scientific article in collaboration with the VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute) and scientists of the university of Chalmers (Sweden) on the characterization and quantification of non-exhaust particles in a road environment in Sweden (2022): "Concentrations of tire wear microplastics and other traffic-derived non-exhaust particles in the road environment" https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2022.107618
Scientific article on the characterization of non-exhaust particles (including road marking and bitumen wear particles) in road environments. This study was performed in collaboration with the VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute), scientists of the university of Chalmers (Sweden) and Gradiom Sàrl (2022): "Differentiating and Quantifying Carbonaceous (Tire, Bitumen, and Road Marking Wear) and Non-carbonaceous (Metals, Minerals, and Glass Beads) Non-exhaust Particles in Road Dust Samples from a Traffic Environment" https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-022-05847-8
Scientific article where the automated SEM/EDX methodology for the quantification of non-exhaust and other primary particles in airborne samples is presented for the first time (2021): “Automated identification and quantification of tire wear particles (TWP) in airborne dust: SEM/EDX single particle analysis coupled to a machine learning classifier” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149832
Scientific article on the morpho-chemical characterization of volcanic ash particles by automated SEM/EDX single particle analysis. This study was performed in collaboration with scientists of the University Los Andes (Colombia) (2020): Decrypting silicic magma/plug fragmentation at Azufral crater lake, Northern Andes: insights from fine to extremely fine ash morpho-chemistry https://rdcu.be/ca6el
Our report commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN, OFEV, BAFU) on the characterization of airborne dust (PM10-2.5, PM2.5-1 and >PM10) was published at the end of 2020. A summary in English can be found on pages 24-31. Download here: Details as PDF
Thats what our customers say:
"We greatly appreciated the ability of the Particle Vision team to develop analytical and statistical methods that allowed us to better characterize fine dusts, their components and their origins. These methods will also be very useful in the future for analysing dust resulting from the abrasion of various metallic or mineral materials."
«The Office for Nature and Environment (ANU) Graubünden has been working successfully with Particle Vision on several projects since 2014. In addition to the chemical and morphological composition of coarse and fine dust, as well as microparticles, the source contributions of dust particles could also be quantitatively determined thanks to the knowledge and technical equipment of Particle Vision. This has made it possible for the ANU Graubünden to verify the implementation of various measures in wood-burning and industrial activities. But also, in the case of dust disturbances the ANU Graubünden has been supported by Particle Vision, and it was possible to determine the sources of the dust pollution and their contributions to the dust. We can unreservedly recommend the cooperation with Particle Vision.»
«Pleasant and very professional collaboration. State-of-the-art expertise, precious advice and passionate scientific discussions.»
«The Department of Air, Noise and Non-Ionizing Radiation (SABRA) / State of Geneva has called upon Particle Vision's expertise on several occasions to perform analyses on fine particles measured in the canton. These collaborations, which have highlighted Particle Vision's flexibility and professionalism, have enabled SABRA to obtain detailed information on fine particle emission sources and their composition.»
«The Volcanology research team lead by Natalia Pardo, Associate Professor of the Department of Geosciences at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, has been working delightfully with Particle Vision since 2017. In Particle Vision, we have found state-of-the-art technology, outstanding professionals with robust and innovating analytical approaches, committed and patient co-supervision and training of undergrad and MSc students, as well as profound and enriching scientific discussions allowing us to keep on the frontiers research of volcanic ash morphochemistry. Our collaborative results have been successfully presented in international meetings (Cities on Volcanoes 2018, AGU2020), and published in Q1 peer-reviewed international journals.»