News and updates from the PTR-MS community


PTR-TOF in the spotlight at IABR Breath Summit 2016

IONICON’s PTR-TOFMS technology has become the leading method for real-time breath gas analysis.

The International Association for Breath Research (IABR) held its annual summit conference at the renowned ETH Zürich in Switzerland. Between September 14 – 16, 2016, the latest scientific results in breath research were presented. In 12 talks researchers featured PTR-MS as their tool of choice for real-time breath gas analysis.

IONICON life PTR-TOF demonstration at the Breath Summit 2016 in Zuerich.

IONICON life PTR-TOF demonstration at the IABR Breath Summit 2016 in Zurich.

The popularity of PTR-MS, and especially PTR-TOF, reflects the various advantages these instruments offer for breath gas research. The Time-of-Flight (TOF) system analyses the complete ionized spectrum in a fraction of a second with a resolution sufficient to resolve isobaric compounds. The high sensitivity allows the detection of ppt-concentrations from a single exhalation. Read the rest of this entry »

300 PTR-MS instruments sold – a historic milestone

We at IONICON are proudly celebrating this achievement

ionicon-no300-logo-website-418x278pxDuring the last days of September 2016 we finished the construction of PTR-MS instrument No. 300. It’s a PTR-TOF 1000 that we built for an overseas customer who will use it for analyzing chemical pollutants in industrial areas. Our team took some pride and special care when loading it into its flightcase packaging. Then it was ready for being shipped to one of the many spots all over the world where 299 IONICON instruments got to before and are by now the industry’s benchmark for ultra-sensitive real-time trace VOC analysis. Read the rest of this entry »

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


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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