Investigation on the capability of polysulphone for measuring biologically effective solar UV exposures

Siani, Anna Maria and Casale, Guiseppe R. and Modesti, Sarah and Parisi, Alfio V. and Colosimo, Alfredo (2014) Investigation on the capability of polysulphone for measuring biologically effective solar UV exposures. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 13 (3). pp. 521-530. ISSN 1474-905X


Polysulphone (PS) dosimetry is a well-known technique broadly used to assess the erythemally effective solar UV dose received by anatomical sites (personal exposure). We investigate the capability of PS dosimetry to convert doses absorbed by PS badges into biologically effective solar UV exposures taking as examples two relevant effects for human skin: erythema induction and pre-vitamin D3 production. PS calibration curves for erythemal and pre-vitamin D3 were distinctly determined by using an empirical relationship between the biologically effective UV exposures and the PS absorbance change. This relationship is parameterized by a coefficient, distinct for each of the two considered biological effects, multiplying the same cubic polynomial function. It is shown how the multiplying coefficient is related to the ratio between the biologically effective and the PS weighted irradiances which is the prevailing factor affecting the accuracy of the calibration and, consequently, the capability of PS films for measuring biologically effective solar UV exposures. The points addressed in this paper can be extended to other biological effects of interest whose action spectra have some similarity with the PS film response.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Royal Society of Chemistry and Owner Societies.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 01:58
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 04:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV; polysulphone; dosimeter; vitamin D; erythema
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090303 Biomedical Instrumentation
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1039/c3pp50267h

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