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PTR-TOF 1000 ULTRA – 2020 Performance Boost and new X2 Option

The “ULTRA” and “X2” effects push instrument sensitivity beyond 20,000

2020 starts with a considerable performance upgrade of the PTR-TOF 1000 ultra. New and improved hardware components increase the instrument’s sensitivity dramatically. Moreover, the PTR-TOF 1000 series now also features a higher mass resolution of > 2,000.

The PTR-TOF 1000 ultra was initially launched in 2016 and with its ION-BOOSTER funnel a considerably more performing instrument than the entry-level PTR-TOF 1000. Now our engineers have revised the ION-BOOSTER and new PTR-TOF 1000 ultra instruments come with 3x higher sensitivity of around 1,500-3,000 cps/ppbv as the new standard configuration. But that’s not the end of the story… Read the rest of this entry »

ioniAPi-TOF Application Articles Out Now

Two new papers on research conducted with the ioni APi-TOF 1000&6000

The last year ended with the publication of two relevant articles where the ioni APi-TOF platform has been used for:

Two ioni APi-TOFs for parallel negative & positive ion detection

We’re glad to share this impressive work and to start into 2020 with our powerful range of IONICON TOF-MS instruments for industry, research and OEM.

Prepare for 2020 with Pittcon, Analytica, EGU and ASMS coming up

Showcasing PTR-TOF innovations and ioniTOF products at major events

We’re getting closer to the end of 2019, which so far has been a great year for us. Growing business, many new colleagues in our team and an expansion of our headquarter’s office space in the pursuit of further increasing our outreach with analytical instrumentation for research and industry, TOF-MS systems and analytical services.

Before we will go into a short holiday break over XMAS, we would like to point out a few major events in 2020 which you should consider visiting:

Pittcon 2020: booth #1718 at Pittcon 2020, 1. – 5. March 2020, Chicago, USA

Analytica 2020booth #530B in hall A2, 31. March – 3. April 2020, Munich, Germany
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Breath Summit 2019 Review and Crowd Breath Analysis Experiment

IONICON PTR-TOFMS illustrates indoor air chemistry and crowd breath

In September the International Association for Breath Research (IABR)’s Breath Summit 2019 took place in Leicestershire, UK. IONICON participated as an exhibitor and with scientific contributions, also conducting a crowd breath experiment. Numerous excellent talks covered the whole spectrum of breath analysis could be enjoyed by the attendees.

PTR-TOF 6000 X2 with dedicated BET breath sampling inlet system

Several presented PTR-TOF as their main tool for research, such as VOC analysis – a trailblazer in translational research, by Wolfram Miekisch, Beyond PTR – Additional ionization modes in PTR-TOFMS and their use in breath gas analysis, by Jens Herbig and Real‐time breath analysis during exhaustive exercise on a cycle ergometer, by Giovanni Pugliese.

IONICON PTR-TOF were not only presented on slides but also live at the IONICON booth. On a PTR-TOF 6000X2 with a BET breath sampling inlet participants could test their breath and experience the vast amount of data real-time breath analysis can reveal from a single exhalation with high resolution and sensitivity.

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New Analytical Chemistry Paper on CHARON PTR-TOFMS Performance

Bulk Organic Aerosol Analysis by PTR-MS with High Precision & Accuracy

IONICON All-in-One Analyzer: the CHARON PTR-TOF 6000 X2

Very recently, we have published a technical note in Analytical Chemistry introducing an improved methodology for the determination of organic aerosol properties with CHARON PTR-TOFMS. By analysis of a large set of pure compounds we were able to derive an algorithm to correct for ionic fragmentation. Therefore CHARON is now able to measure the bulk aerosol mass concentration, bulk average elemental ratios (e.g. H:C, O:C) and even bulk average molecular formulas in unprecedented precision and accuracy.

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The Evolution from SIFT-MS to PTR-MS

From SIFT to ultimate performance PTR-TOF trace gas analyzers

The success story of PTR-TOFMS has its roots in the so-called “Flowing Afterglow Technique”, introduced in the 1960s. From this starting point continuous research and innovations by various experts, who wanted to eliminate instrumental drawbacks and shortcomings, have led to different technological milestones, among them SIFT-MS.

But innovation didn’t stop there and technological breakthroughs resulted in the development of PTR-MS, ultimately PTR-TOFMS as the current established “gold standard” for direct and extremely sensitive trace gas analysis.

Read our new whitepaper on the evolution from SIFT to PTR-TOF and all the benefits that are now available to you, beyond SIFT-MS.

New Brochure: The All-in-One Trace Organic Online Analyzer

Includes IONICON CHARON PTR-TOFMS, EVR and NH4+ ionization

Continuous evolution and many important updates of our technologies are illustrated and explained in our new “Direct Particle & Gas-Phase Monitoring With CHARON PTR-TOFMS” brochure.

Click to download the new “All-in-One Trace Organic Online Analyzer” flyer

Fresh from print, we now make this new IONICON technologies flyer available for you. Click the picture to download.

Interested in our All-in-One Trace Organic Online Analyzers? Contact us!

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