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hands-on PTR-MS 2011 – a huge success

The 5th hands-on PTR-MS, the IONICON PTR-MS training course, took place this week in Innsbruck, Austria

The anniversary edition of hands-on PTR-MS attracted 36 participants from all over the world and an exciting program awaited the PTR-MS users from 23 to 26 January.

Since the first IONICON PTR-MS training seminar was held in 2003 we were able to attract more and more attendees and provide a very attractive program adapted to the needs of our customers. This year every single participant had the opportunity to pick among a selection of proposed workshops and by this was able to design an individual training schedule.

On Monday everybody was invited to refresh their background knowledge on the principles of PTR-MS in a  lecture covering vacuum technology, ion chemistry and analytical characterization of PTR-QMS and PTR-TOFMS, given by Armin Wisthaler from the university of Innsbruck. At the evening of the same day we invited to a social evening event at a very special location in order to celebrate the 5th edition of hands-on PTR-MS. This was an excellent opportunity for exchanging experiences, connect and to network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Then workshops were organized in small groups where the IONICON team gave practical advise covering many important topics such as maintenance, calibration, vacuum and inlet system, instrument optimization, Switchable Reagent Ions (SRI) or advanced programming.

Participants had the chance to learn from experienced engineers and scientists and could challenge the team with questions and real-life examples. On the last day a visit of the IONICON headquarter was one of the highlights of hands-on PTR-MS 2011. For the first time many of our customers were able to see how a PTR-MS is built and that many steps are necessary to ensure market-leading performance and quality.

We look back to some extraordinary days of practicing together with colleagues and would like to say thank you to everybody who helped making this event such a pleasant experience!

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