News and updates from the PTR-MS community


Watch now: CHARON PTR-TOFMS on-demand webinar Part 1

The award-winning technology for real-time aerosol analysis

We just finished the first on-demand webinar on the CHARON PTR-TOFMS technology and are glad to share it with you.

Learn more about the method and performance of CHARON PTR-TOFMS which detects the most abundant range of atmospheric organic carbon compared to other analyzers or inlet systems on the market.

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Ruggedized and Airworthy PTR-TOF 4000

Custom-built by IONICON engineers for the University of Montana

One of the special skills we are known for is to custom-build PTR-TOFMS and ioniTOF systems for research and industrial applications. Our engineering team is eager to work out special solutions and by now we have a solid track record for more than two dozen tailor-made analytical instruments that are fully customized.

IONICON engineers with “their” instrument before we shipped it to the University of Montana

Each one is unique and purpose-built to withstand G-forces, shocks, varying pressure levels and temperatures that you and I wouldn’t like to experience. Often also size and weight matters and our team has to make the instrument fit into spaces where a normal analyzer is too large or heavy. Read the rest of this entry »

Join us as Early Stage Researcher for the CLOUD-MOTION project

Do your PhD in Environmental Physics (CLOUD Experiment)

Happy New Year! We start into 2018 with a new interesting job offer: join us as Early Stage Researcher (ESR)!

You will be employed for 36 months at IONICON and enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Innsbruck as part of the CLOUD-MOTION MSCA-ITNETN project with the aim to investigate the formation of aerosol particles and ice under precisely controlled conditions that closely simulate atmospheric conditions.

For all details and the application: click here!

CHARON particle inlet for PTR-TOFMS wins 2017 innovation award

Recognized as an outstanding innovation by “The Analytical Scientist”

Our team is honored by “The Analytical Scientist” magazine’s expert jury for the new CHARON-PTR-TOFMS only a few weeks after the product launch.

CHARON, the revolutionary new inlet for IONICON PTR-TOFMS series instruments enables measuring aerosols directly with the most versatile, reliable and proven technology for real-time VOC analysis available on the market: PTR-MS.

Read the article on The Analytical Scientist and learn why the jury chose CHARON-PTR-TOFMS for awarding a “TASIA”.

Visit the CHARON product website for more details.

CHARON Real-Time Aerosol Inlet System for PTR-TOFMS

Direct Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheric Particulate Organic Matter

An international team of researchers from the University of Innsbruck (Austria), the IRCELYON in Lyon (France) and the University of Oslo (Norway) recently studied the application of the new CHARON Particle Inlet to directly sample and analyze the chemical composition of atmospheric sub-µm particulate organic matter (POM) by PTR-TOFMS.

CHARON PTR-TOF 6000 X2 with two inlets in parallel for real-time VOC and particle analysis

By conducting laboratory based measurements of pure aerosolized substances the team could demonstrate the quantitative response of CHARON PTR-TOFMS to a range of typical POM substances down to single-digit ng m-3 mass concentrations. This quantitative response combined with the low selectivity of PTR-MS led to a good agreement in the detection of total urban POM in comparison with other state-of-the-art aerosol instrumentation.  Read the rest of this entry »

Benefits for High-Resolution IONICON PTR-TOF for Food & Flavor Science

Analysis of Complex Flavors in Real-Time with Ultra-Low Detection Limits

For many years PTR-MS instruments are considered a gold-standard in many applications when it gets to the quantitative online analysis of very low concentrated VOCs without sample preparation. Among the early adopters of this unique technology that was commercialized by our company back in 1998, were researchers interested in aroma release monitoring and the direct analysis of flavors in real-time while consumers were enjoying the products. This lead to an early breakthrough of PTR-MS in food & flavor science.

Application note: Analysis of Complex Flavors with PTR-TOF 6000 X2

Now more and more PTR-MS instruments based on time-of-flight mass spectrometers are used by our customers who benefit from the high-resolution and sensitivity as well as a real sub-pptv detection limit that e.g. our current flagship model PTR-TOF 6000 X2 offers.
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What you ever wanted to know about PTR-MS: new on-demand webinar

Watch: Introduction to PTR-MS – VOC Analyzers – Applications – Demo

A good 15 minutes of your valuable time make this a worthwhile and entertaining experience, moderated by our applied science team. Philipp and Simone will introduce you to PTR-MS, present the advantages of time-of-flight mass spectrometry, show our products and some applications. They will also take you to our lab where we demonstrate the benefits of highly sensitive real-time VOC analysis at two real application showcases.

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Want to know more? Review our comprehensive PTR-MS documentation.