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Visitors were curious to test their breath in real-time and get some insight on the air they inhale at the show floor
Pittcon 2013 took place in Philadelphia for the very first time and attracted more than 18,000 attendees, 1,011 exhibiting companies from 28 countries and of course also us. We at IONICON showcased our most recent products such as the Liquid Calibration Unit (LCU), the IONIMED BET-med breath sampling inlet, and a full range of Trace Gas Analyzers based on PTR-MS and SRI-MS technology.
We feel that a live demonstration of our PTR-MS instruments is the best way to show their outstanding capabilities. Many visitors were attracted by the chance of doing real-time breath analysis and experienced the benefits of a quantitative and fast response, having a PTR-QMS 300 instrument connected to a special BET-med breath sampling inlet.
In connection to the 6th International PTR-MS Conference the very first PTR-MS user day took place…
At the beginning of February we invited interested PTR-MS users to a very special community day before the 6th International PTR-MS Conference at the University Centre, Obergurgl, Austria. The IONICON team and 5 selected PTR-MS experts covering various fields of expertise and experiences held the very first IONICON PTR-MS User Day attracting more than 30 attendees.
Researchers on a mission for NASA use newly developed real-time trace gas analyzer from IONICON to measure air pollution in the atmosphere.
What is the quality of the air we breathe? NASA is trying to answer this question using satellite-based Earth observations. By the end of the century, satellite data shall be used for monitoring and predicting air quality, much the same as now for weather forecasting. To understand how air pollutants are distributed within the Earth’s atmosphere, NASA makes use of a new compact proton transfer reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS) which we specially developed for NASA deployment.
The innovative lightweight PTR-TOF-MS delivered data with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution measuring smallest concentrations of volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere. The instrument was deployed for the first time onboard the NASA P-3B research aircraft during the DISCOVER-AQ mission in January and February 2013 to study air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley in California.
The 6th IONICON hands-on PTR-MS training seminar attracted more participants than ever to Innsbruck. An extraordinary program awaited PTR-MS users from all over the world.
With these impressions we would like to thank you for joining us and making hands-on PTR-MS 2013 a very pleasant and successful event!
As a partner in the research framework ONCOTYROL (Center for personalized cancer medicine), Ionimed Analytik has conducted clinical breath gas analysis to investigate new ways for breast cancer screening. This work has now been picked by the Austrian journal GYN-AKTIV as their cover story for issue 6/2012 (in german). In this project Ionimed has employed an Ionicon PTR-TOF 8000 for the analysis of breath samples from more than 200 patients and controls.
Find the story in GYN-AKTIV 6/2012 (in German): pdf
The prestigious Global Medical Discovery website has selected to feature a cutting edge PTR-MS application in biotechnology.
Ionimed is conducting research to develop novel solutions for the monitoring of fermentation processes in biotechnology based on PTR-MS. This is done under the auspices of the Austrian center of industrial biotechnology (ACIB), with academic partners (BOKU, Vienna) as well as large biopharmaceutical companies, such as Sandoz and Böhringer Ingelheim.
A break-through in biotech research has been published recently – as we have earlier reported on this blog. Several national Austrian and German media have reported on this story (in German): not only in the scientific media, such as the blog Medizin-Aspekte, but also the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard.
Now this publication has attracted more international attention and has been selected by Global Medical Discovery; a website which selects and features breaking news about the latest scientific discoveries in this field.
RJ Lee Group equips mobile lab with IONICON PTR-MS and provides rapid, mobile monitoring of organic contamination and leaks caused by hurricane “Sandy”
RJ Lee Group, Inc.‘s mobile laboratory is now available to aid in assessing and monitoring organic contaminants that may have occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Using an IONICON High-Sensitivity PTR-MS instrument, RJ Lee Group can support investigations associated with suspect odors, volatile toxic compounds and organic chemical releases to the environment. The mobile laboratory can be deployed directly to sensitive areas where contamination, odors, and suspected damage exist and deliver real-time VOC monitoring data, including investigations into:
- Flooding into confined building spaces, tunnels, and storage locations
- Damaged chemical storage, transportation, and chemical use facilities or other areas of chemical and hazardous material release
- Hospitals, transportation hubs, stadiums, and other high-traffic areas where large-scale public exposure to VOCs is possible
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