Comment on “Which fraction of stone wool fibre surface remains uncoated by binder? A detailed analysis by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy” by Hirth et al., 2021, RSC Adv., 11, 39545, DOI: 10.1039/d1ra06251d

Denis V. Okhrimenko, Marcel Ceccato, Sven Tougaard, Morten Foss, Eric Pezennec, Mette Solvang

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Abstract

The article mentioned in the title of this comment paper reports on an investigation of the organic binder presence and distribution on stone wool fibres with surface sensitive techniques (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), QUASES XPS modelling, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) mapping) and attempts to correlate the results with fibre performance in in vitro acellular biosolubility tests. However, the study has assumptions, hypothesis and results that do not take into account the recognised science and regulations on biopersistence of stone wool fibres, limitations of the utilized surface sensitive techniques and modelling approach and it contains a contradiction with biosolubility experiments. In this comment article, we discuss these points, propose improved QUASES XPS modelling and present recent ToF-SIMS mapping results that reflect biosolubility behaviour of the stone wool fibres.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRSC Advances
Volume13
Issue number24
Pages (from-to)16688-16692
ISSN2046-2069
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2. Jun 2023

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