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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 »

PTR-MS is not PTR-MS?!

IONICON-grade PTR-MS Quality: Important Ion Chemistry Dimensions

You’ve got used to expecting an IONICON-grade instrument when you see the abbreviation “PTR-MS“? After all, more than 350 IONICON PTR-MS instruments yielded hundreds of high-impact papers and allowed gaining insights in various science domains. But, what determines a real IONICON PTR-MS and how does it compare to other CIMS technologies that sometimes are also claimed to be “PTR-MS”?

Watch our webinar and learn more about the 4 quality dimensions that determine genuine PTR-MS, a technology only available from IONICON:

Don’t have time for the full webinar? Read about the 4 quality dimensions on our website.

20 Years the World’s Leading PTR-MS Company

Celebrating the “Gold Standard” for Real-Time Trace Gas Analysis

On July 14, 1998, our company was founded by a group of dedicated scientists and entrepreneurs. The aim was to make commercially available a technology that soon was to become the new benchmark for real-time monitoring of extremely low concentrated VOCs: PTR-MS.

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The new IONICON APi-TOF presented at EGU and ASMS 2018

Atmospheric Pressure Interface for the Modular ioniTOF Platform

The flexible and modular ioniTOF-MS platform for research & OEM

The ioniTOF is our modular and flexible, entry-level to high-resolution Time-of-Flight platform, featuring custom interfaces and high-performance IONICON hexapole ION-GUIDEs. All our renowned PTR-TOFMS series products are exclusively based on the ioniTOF. Now we took this concept one step further and developed an Atmospheric Pressure Interface for the ioniTOF.

The “ioni” APi-TOF presented at our EGU 2018 booth

We presented our new “ioni”APi-TOF, which has already been field-tested during the last CLOUD campaign experiments at CERN, at the EGU assembly in Vienna and just a couple of days ago also at the ASMS annual conference in San Diego.

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Virtual visit to the IONICON headquarters in Innsbruck

A short video taken at the Austrian science open-house night 2018

Did you ever wonder how it looks like in our offices, our instrument assembling center or what we can do for you in our applications lab?

If you never made it to visiting us but always wanted to, then this short video is exactly for you:

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