Document Type : Original Research Article


Department of chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya



This work gives mastery over the asbestos fibers that found their way to talc material in baby powder. There are two kinds of baby powder made up of (i) Baby powder is based on talc material with components and (ii) Baby powder based on corn starch with talcum. The new research points to the connection between asbestos molecules and several types of cancers. Asbestos is a natural appearance and it was used as thermal insulating material in factories and has been elicited for its risks on the workingman. The widest method to detect asbestos fibers is microscopes and the SEM was used in this study to detect asbestos fibers in different products from local markets further more iodine test to discover if the product has starch. In this work, sex of twelve samples of baby powder may contain asbestos fibers and two contain starch.

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Discovering of Asbestos Fibers and Corn Starch in Talc Material of Baby Powder Samples from Different Markets in Benghazi City


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