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Visit us at “IABR” and “IGAC” in September 2016

A breath summit and an atmospheric chemistry conference – both communities benefit from PTR-TOFMS and are supported by IONICON

logo_IABR_2016Visit us at the IABR breath summit 2016, at the ETH Zurich in two weeks and experience ultra-sensitive, high-resolution breath gas analysis by PTR-TOFMS! This in combination with the IONICON BET-med sampling interface that is ISO 60601 certified and ready for use in a clinical setting, make our instrument the preferred solution for real-time breath gas analysis.

We’re a proud sponsor for the IABR series of events and will offer live demos during the conference.

logo_igac2016The next major event will be the IGAC Atmospheric Chemistry conference 2016, taking place in Breckenridge, CO, 26. – 30. September 2016.

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There’s suspense in the air – detected with IONICON PTR-TOFMS

Scientists analysed the air in cinemas and discovered that every movie leaves a characteristic pattern of VOCs

Tapped Cinema air: Thomas Klüpfel installs a tube into the ventilation system of a movie theatre. © MPI for Chemistry

Thomas Klüpfel installs a tube into the ventilation system of a cinema for PTR-TOFMS monitoring.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany investigated how the composition of the air changed when an audience watched movies from different genres such as comedies like “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Buddy”, or fantasy movies like “The Hobbit” and the science-fiction thriller “The Hunger Games”. The scientists determined how the audience reacted to individual movies on a scene-by-scene basis. Using their analyses incl. PTR-TOFMS data, they were also able to reconstruct which scenes were playing at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

NASA campaign KORUS-AQ: monitoring the smog above Korea

IONICON PTR-TOFMS instruments aboard the NASA research airplane

The IONICON PTR-TOFMS installed aboard the NASA research aircraft. (Picture: NASA)

The IONICON PTR-TOFMS installed aboard the NASA research aircraft. (Picture: NASA)

An international team coordinated by NASA has recently investigated air pollution over the Korean peninsula. Two of IONICON’s PTR-TOFMS instruments were used to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in real-time aboard NASA’s DC-8 Flying Laboratory. The data gathered by scientists from the University of Innsbruck and Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) will be used to improve satellite-based air quality monitoring over Korea. Read the rest of this entry »

VOC release from WPC: a new PTR-TOFMS application

Wood-plastic composites – replacing plastics with wood

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Wood-plastic composites

In the quest for new alternatives for crude oil based materials such as plastics, WPCs (Wood-plastic composites) seem to be suitable materials, used in buildings and in the automobiles production. WPC are natural fiber composites with properties of both plastic and wood. It is estimated that the production of WPCs will experience an annual growth of 14% between 2014 and 2019 according to a study by the University of Eastern Finland.

In the study a new sort of additives to the WPC were investigated and the VOC release monitored with IONICON PTR-TOFMS Read the rest of this entry »

Real-time PTR-MS meets autosampler – high throughput VOC analysis

IONICON autosampler for automated head-space analysis with PTR-MS

The real-time capability of a PTR-MS gas analyzer is typically utilized to continuously monitor trace VOC concentrations – but not only. Some users appreciate the enormous speed of a PTR-MS to rapidly analyze discrete samples in seconds, where a manual sample provision can be the bottleneck.

IONICON Autosampler for PTR-MS

This has become greatly facilitated with the new IONICON autosampler for PTR-MS. Analyzing hundreds of sample vials in an automated manner not only provides high data quality but also enables an ultra-high throughput, drastically reducing processing cost for larger batches of samples.

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Modular, lightweight and small customized PTR-TOF 1000

Reduction of volume & weight by nearly 50%.

The IONICON engineering team builds our bestselling PTR-MS instruments all year round in small serial production, but also works out concepts for and realizes customized instrument projects.

IONICON engineers with a challenging project.

An ambitious project for our engineers: weight & size cut objective nearly 50%.

More than a dozen of PTR-MS instruments have already been fitted into special racks, designed for the use in aircraft, aboard ships, helicopters or cars and trucks. Each unique and one of a kind, constructed with the skill of our engineers according to our customers’ needs.

We are proud to share this recent story with you where we accepted a particularly challenging assignment. Read the rest of this entry »

New PTR-TOF 1000 ultra launched at Pittcon 2016

Up to 10x increased sensitivity with the new ION-BOOSTER technology.

Our real-time VOC analyzers are known for their exceptional sensitivity. A higher sensitivity not only improves the limit of detection but also allows for a higher measurement frequency at a given signal-to-noise ratio. For real-time VOC analyzers this can have a beneficial implication when investigating highly dynamic processes such as e.g. flux measurements.

New PTR-TOF 1000 ultra with ION-BOOSTER technology.

New PTR-TOF 1000 ultra with ION-BOOSTER technology.

Once again we’re raising the bar: the popular PTR-TOF 1000 instrument, our smallest and most affordable PTR-TOF trace gas analyzer, is now ultra-sensitive.

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