Short Description: 

If silicone can be used as a passive sampler in aqueous deployments, could it be used to sample the atmosphere?


If silicone can be used as a passive sampler in aqueous deployments, could it be used to sample the atmosphere?  If so, could we take an existing commercial product, and modify it for use as a personal passive sampler?  These were the questions we wanted to address in our work with silicone wristbands.  We began work in 2010 with laboratory studies that tested whether wristband samplers could be modified for passive sampling.  After initial studies showed promise, we tried field exposures to see if samplers would be spatially or temporally sensitive in a real world environment. Not only were wristbands sensitive between working professionals, but data indicated that the samplers represented unique individual exposures.

What is a passive wristband sampler?

Behind the Scenes: Analyzing the passive wristband sampler in the Anderson Laboratory


If you would like to know more, please see the full publication. You can also contact us for more information or to suggest a collaboration.

Additionally, we are developing a program to make wristbands available to the public. For more information, please visit Citizen Science and signup for updates.


Student Travel Award, 2015, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting

TeamTox Travel Award, 2015, SETAC North America

Journal Articles

Kile, ML, Scott, RP, O'Connell, SG, Lipscomb, S, MacDonald, M, McClelland, M, Anderson, KA,Using silicone wristbands to evaluate preschool children's exposure to flame retardants., Environ. Res. 2016, 147(), 365-72

Rohlman, D, Syron, L, Hobbie, KA, Anderson, KA, Scaffidi, C, Sudakin, D, Peterson, ES, Waters, KM, Haynes, EN, Arkin, L, Feezel, P, Kincl, LD,A Community-Based Approach to Developing a Mobile Device for Measuring Ambient Air Exposure, Location, and Respiratory Health, 2015, 8(4), 126-134

O'Connell, SG, Carozza, SE, Kerkvliet, NI, Anderson, KA,Response to comment on "Silicone wristbands as personal passive samplers"., Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48(15), 8927

O'Connell, SG, Kincl, LD, Anderson, KA,Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers., 2014, Environ Sci Technol


Donald, CE, Scott, RP, Blaustein, KL, Halbleib, ML, Sarr, M, Jepson, PC, Anderson, KA,Silicone wristbands detect individuals' pesticide exposures in West Africa, 2016, International Society for Exposure Science Annual Meeting, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Anderson, KA,Before and After Chemical Threats, Emerging Chemicals and Passive Sampling Technology, 2015, AAAS Citizen Science Conference (inaugural). San Jose, CA

Miller, A, Anderson, KA, Haynes, EN, Lefthand-Begay, C, OFallon, L, Kwok, R,Disasters and Emerging Environmental Threats, 2015, 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Exposure Science. Henderson, Nevada

Anderson, KA, Kincl, LD, Rohlman, D, Hobbie, KA, Willmarth, JA, Barton, ML,Environmental Preparedness and Resilience Empowering People: Personal Wristband Sampling Nexus, 2015, 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Exposure Science. Henderson, Nevada

Anderson, KA, Dixon, H, Rohlman, D, Hobbie, KA, Scaffidi, C, Waters, KM, Herbstman, J, Kincl, LD,Mobile Device for Measuring Ambient Chemical Exposure, Location and Respiratory Health Robustness and Comparisons with Conventional Technologies, 2015, 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Exposure Science. Henderson, Nevada

Bergmann, AJ, Vasquez, L, North, P, Anderson, KA,Passive sampling in ambient and individuals' environments in rural Peru, 2015, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Anderson, KA,Sampler technology assessing chemical exposures examples prior during and after environmental disasters, 2015, Living on the Edge Conference 2015 - Managing Change through Innovation. Galveston, Texas

Anderson, KA,Silicone wristbands to monitor personal occupational exposure to chemicals, 2015, NIEHS sponsored Worker Training Program Awardee Meeting and Workshop, by invitation. Portland, OR

Dixon, H, Kincl, LD, Camann, D, Herbstman, J, Anderson, KA,Transforming Epidemiological Studies: Using Passive Wristband Samplers to Measure Environmental Contaminant Exposure, 2015, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Rohlman, D, Anderson, KA, Arkin, L, Kincl, LD,A Community-Based Approach to Environmental Health: Developing Novel Technologies to Evaluate Air Quality and Respiratory Health, 2014, Oregon Public Health Association Conference. Corvallis, OR

Rohlman, D, Kincl, LD, Kile, M, Anderson, KA,Community-based EHSC Pilot Projects: Utilizing interdisciplinary approaches and community involvement to address environmental health concerns, 2014, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Day. Corvallis, OR

Anderson, KA,Detecting, Assessing, and Improving Understanding of Environmental Health Risks though Citizen Scientists and Passive Sampling Technologies, 2014, National Academy of Sciences sponsored, Community Resilience and Health Opportunity Analysis Workshop. New Orleans, LA

Rohlman, D, Kincl, LD, Anderson, KA,Exposure Assessment Monitoring Tools Panel: Passive Wristband Samplers, 2014, EHS Center Meeting. Los Angeles, CA

O'Connell, SG, Anderson, KA,Using silicone wristbands as personal monitoring devices., 2014, Northwest Occupational Health Conference Annual Conference, Richland, WA

Hobbie, KA, Peterson, ES, Barton, ML, Willmarth, JA, Waters, KM, Anderson, KA,Passive Sampling and Online Systems Offer Citizen Scientists the Ability to Monitor Their Exposure in the Event of a Disaster, 2013, SETAC North America 34th Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, USA


O'Connell, SG, Points, GL, Wilson, M, Anderson, KA,Assessing Recovery, Transport, and Stability for Over 160 Compounds in Silicone Personal Passive Samplers, 2015, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Rohlman, D, Hobbie, KA, Barton, ML, Willmarth, JA, Kincl, LD, Anderson, KA,EPREP: Environmental Preparedness and Resilience Empowering People, 2015, 2015 Citizen Science Meeting. San Jose, CA

Scott, RP, Donald, CE, Bergmann, AJ, Anderson, KA,Rapid GC-ECD method for quantitative analysis of 63 pesticides optimized for use with silicone wristbands and low density polyethylene., 2015, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Donald, CE, Scott, RP, Blaustein, K, Halbleib, M, Sarr, M, Jepson, PC, Anderson, KA,Silicone wristbands detect an individual's pesticide exposures in Africa, 2015, SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah

Rohlman, D, Anderson, KA, Hobbie, KA, Willmarth, JA, Barton, ML, Kincl, LD,The nexus of citizen science: Integrating community needs and interests, 2015, EHS Center Meeting. Tucson, AZ

Anderson, KA, O'Connell, SG, Kincl, LD,Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers, 2014, Society of Toxicology 53rd Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

Hobbie, KA, Scott, RP, Rohlman, D, Kincl, LD, Scaffidi, C, Peterson, ES, Waters, KM, Anderson, KA,The Mobile Exposure Device: a Personal Sampling Nexus for Exposure Monitoring, 2014, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America 34th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada

News Stories: 

October 2017

OSU Study: Wristbands help show possible chemical exposures to Hurricane Harvey victims (KVAL)

September 2017

OSU uses wristbands to study toxins from Harvey (KOIN)

April 2016

ACS Chemical & Engineering News: A simple way to track your everyday exposure to chemicals (more)

July 2015

US Senator Jeff Merkley urges Senate vote on chemical safety bill to keep Oregonians safe from toxic chemicals in everyday products (more)

KGW Portland: Chemical bracelet detects toxic, banned substances (more)

TreeHugger: 21st century 'mood ring': a bracelet that senses your toxic exposure (more)

Corvallis Gazette Times: Corvallis company to produce chemical-detecting wristbands based on OSU technology (more)

Willamette Week: My Airborne Toxic Event (more)

June 2015

KLCC - NPR for Oregonians: Senator Jeff Merkley Addresses Dangers Of Daily Chemical Exposure (more)

May 2015

KGW Portland: Bracelet tests toxins we're exposed to every day (more)

June 2014

Oregon Business: Detox fashion (more)

April 2014

LiveScience: Wristband Could Measure Your Exposure to Pollutants (more)

NIEHS Science Spotlight: New Wristbands Provide More than Just Slogans (more)

March 2014

Scientific American: Bracelets Can Detect Chemical Exposures (more)

Environmental Health News: Armed with arm candy, bracelets can detect people's chemical exposures (more)

LCGC Chromatography Online: Study Demonstrates Novel Passive Sampling Using Silicone Wristbands (more)

National Safety Council: Personal passive samplers (more)

Medical Daily: Rubber Wristbands Soak Up Compounds To Reveal Wearer's Chemical Exposure (more)

NY Daily News: Rubber wristbands may reveal environmental chemical exposure (more)

Huffington Post: Rubber Wristbands Could Give Clues To Chemical Exposure (more)

Press Trust of India: Now, wristband that reveals your toxin exposure (more)

American Chemical Society: A wristband for a different kind of cause -- environmental health (more)

ACS Chemical & Engineering News: Silicone Bracelets Find A New Purpose (more)

KEX Portland: OSU creates pollution detecting wristbands (more)

KGW Portland: Wristband developed at OSU detects daily toxins (more)

Corvallis Gazette Times: OSU develops wristbands that track pollution (more)

KLCC - NPR for Oregonians: OSU Develops Wristband That Detects Pollutants (more)

KEZI interviews Dr. Anderson and Steven O'Connell: OSU Wristbands Track Pollution Exposure (more)