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The 8th International PTR-MS Conference, Innsbruck, Austria – a review

Must-attend science forum attracted over 100 conferees from 18 nations

At the beginning of February 2019, the International PTR-MS Conference was held for the 8th time. Ever since the first International PTR-MS Conference in 2003, organized by the Institute of Ion Physics of the University of Innsbruck and sponsored by IONICON, the event became a fixed point in the scientific agenda of many of our international peers.

Talks at the 8th International PTR-MS Conference took place in a historic venue of the University of Innsbruck

Since then the conference evolved, attracting more and more participants filling larger venues. If at the very beginning technology enthusiasts and early-adopters were gathering to exchange and network on their experiences with the first IONICON Quadrupole-PTR-MS instruments, the meeting soon became the PTR-MS event for all IONICON instrument users. The program comprised a selection of parallel sessions covering the very broad field of applications that modern PTR-TOF instruments are successfully used in. Read the rest of this entry »

PTR-TOF Training at Its Best – “hands-on” PTR-MS 2019 Events Review

Close to 50 users gathered in Innsbruck for the 2019 PTR-TOF training

We reached out to the steadily growing base of IONICON instrument users in fall 2018, announcing the 2019 “hands-on” PTR-MS training course and the 3rd IONICON User-Day.

The response was overwhelming and after receiving close to 50 applications, we had to close the registration process in order to make sure all our international guests could benefit from the strictly limited hands-on workshop availability. In the meantime, IONICON experts spent countless hours preparing for the training workshops to be conducted in small groups at the beginning of February 2019, in Innsbruck – hometown of PTR-MS.

IONICON CEO Lukas Märk introducing Prof. Armin Wisthaler and welcoming all hands-on participants to the 2019 training events

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New PTR-TOF 6000 X2 2019 Edition: More Performance – Reliable Results

Up to 3x increased sensitivity, a better LoD and 10% higher resolution

The IONICON PTR-TOF success story continues also in 2019 and starts with a performance upgrade for our PTR-TOF series. Continuous investments in R&D lead to a series of improvements of our hexapole Ion-Guide technology as well as the implementation of new RF-electronics catering to the high-performance ion-funnel and ion-guide set-up which we use at the PTR-TOF 6000 X2 Read the rest of this entry »

ioni APi-TOF Wins 2018 Innovation Award

APi-TOF Reinvented – IONICON APi-TOF Receives 2018 “TASIA”

After CHARON scored an innovation award from the “The Analytical Scientist” in 2017, we couldn’t believe our eyes when the game-changing IONICON APi-TOF was awarded a “TASIA” in 2018.

Each year The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards (TASIAs) showcase those technologies driving the advancement of measurement science. We’re proud to be part of the top 15 “strokes of genius” that receive the magazine’s prestigious recognition. Read the rest of this entry »

PTR-MS now with Patented Ion-Chemistry Quality and TRU-E/N

The proprietary TRU-E/N™ method for utmost quantification accuracy

Founded by the inventors of Proton-Transfer-Reaction – Mass Spectrometry more than 20 years ago, IONICON has always been renowned for absolutely precise control of the ion chemistry during chemical ionization.

ION-BOOSTER funnel and hexapole ION-GUIDE with TRU-E/N

For IONICON this fact is still true even after the introduction of Radio Frequency (RF) components for focusing and transferring the ions from the reaction region into the mass analyzer.

Several manufacturers of CIMS instruments are trying to boost the sensitivities to the high spheres in which IONICON’s PTR-MS instruments perform. However, this comes at an extremely high cost: control over the ion-chemistry is lost. Undefined fragmentation of analytes renders a comparison of results with values published in the ample PTR-MS literature and, most importantly, accurate quantification impossible. As the reduced electric field strength (E/N) in the reaction region cannot be calculated any more as soon as RF devices are implemented, no E/N values can be stated upon publishing of measurements*, which seriously limits the reproducibility of results. Read the rest of this entry »

hands-on PTR-MS and International PTR-MS Conference 2019

Coming up in less than 3 months – prepare for the PTR-MS events 2019

In early February 2019, Innsbruck, hometown of PTR-MS, will be bustling with IONICON instrument users from all over the world.

The IONICON training course with real PTR-TOF “hands-on”

We are offering a comprehensive PTR-TOF training seminar, the renowned “hands-on” PTR-MS which is followed by the IONICON user-day and the International PTR-MS Conference hosted by the University of Innsbruck.

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Taking CHARON PTR-TOF to the Sky

At the Frontier of Airborne Research aboard NASA’s Flying Laboratory

Using the opportunity provided by NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) we gave wings to our newly developed CHARON aerosol inlet. In cooperation with the University of Oslo our team combined CHARON and a custom built PTR-TOF 4000 instrument.

“Business Class” for our airworthy CHARON PTR-TOF 4000, monitoring VOCs & aerosol in real-time.

Airworthiness requires withstanding of heavy G-forces, coping with pressure changes and most importantly being fail safe. Therefore unique modifications to CHARON have been made and thoroughly tested before getting airborne. Read the rest of this entry »