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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.

We hope you enjoyed the webinar. We had fun creating it for you. Feel free to share.

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

AMC-Monitor T-1000: all-in-one analyzer for the semiconductor industry

Real-time VOC monitoring in FOUP, fab and the clean-room environment

Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) is more and more taking center stage in today’s semiconductor manufacturing processes. In the past the focus was on filtering particles from the ambient air in the clean-room to reduce their negative impact on production yield. Using  expensive air filtration equipment and transport containers for wafers, FOUPs – short for Front Opening Unified Pod, this problem is largely under control. While particles are still important, the contamination concern has shifted towards low-concentrated volatile molecules. These trace gases can be undesirable for semiconductor manufacturing processes and are therefore defined as airborne molecular contamination (AMC).

IONICON AMC-Monitor T-1000

To monitor AMC directly at the photolithography tool-level and in the transport and storage environment, real-time analyzers with low online detection limits and versatile usage scenarios are needed.

 

To address current and future challenges within and around fabrication plants, we have developed the modular and flexible monitoring platform AMC-Monitor T-1000.

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Apply now: PhD program funded by IONICON and FEM

INTRANEF – More analytical performance for agroindustrial applications

Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) and IONICON are funding a PhD program in Physics at the University of Milan on the improvement of the analytical performance of PTR-MS in agroindustrial applications. The project is called “INTRANEF” for INcreasing ThRoughput and ANalytical Efficency of direct injection mass spectrometry for agroindustrial applications.

The call is now open and interested candidates can apply until 01:00 pm of September 4th, 2017 (more…)

Food-grade CO2 analysis: new PTR-TOF 1000 ultra application

Real-time Quantification of Impurities in Food-Grade CO2 with PTR-MS

The modern food and beverage industry is not imaginable without food-grade carbon (CO2) dioxide. Its many uses include carbonation of beverages, and as packaging and cooling gas.

Pittcon 2017 poster: Real-time Quantification of Impurities in Food-Grade CO2 with PTR-MS.

In this study we investigate volatile organic impurities emerging from a food-grade certified (European standard E 290) carbon dioxide cylinder using a PTR-TOF 1000 ultra.

The PTR-TOF 1000 ultra is a compact PTR-TOFMS equipped with the ION-BOOSTER funnel technology. Its high sensitivity make the PTR-TOF 1000 ultra a perfect tool for applications where complex matrices have to be rapidly analyzed. One such example application is quality assurance in the food and flavor industry.

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Pittcon week 2017: Real-Time Air Analysis with PTR-MS

An exciting program around IONICON’s PTR-TOFMS technology

Lukas Märk and Todd Rogers explaining the unique benefits of PTR-MS

Pittcon 2017 attracted thousands of scientists and industry decision makers who discovered the latest trends in laboratory instruments, one of which being the new PTR-TOF 4000.

We showcased our new real-time trace VOC analyzer at our booth and attracted the crowds. Our team was supported by our US distributor Trace VOC.

“The Air We Breathe In & Out at Pittcon”, presented by Jens Herbig

We also hosted a Pittcon expo live demo that was filled to the very last seat available. At “The Air We Breathe In & Out at Pittcon” attendees could get their breath analyzed in real-time or have a look at the VOC composition in the expo hall. They also learned about air composition and VOCs in general as well as how to analyze them. (more…)

Download the Book of PTR-MS Conference Contributions 2016 for free!

All abstracts from the 7th International PTR-MS Conference are now online

In early 2016 over 100 IONICON PTR-MS users, scientists, engineers and interested peers gathered in Obergurgl, Austria for the 7th International PTR-MS Conference.

Participants in the 7th International PTR-MS Conference 2016

Participants in the 7th International PTR-MS Conference 2016

This very successful event organized by the University of Innsbruck every couple of years, attracted the community from all over the world for one week full of science and networking. Latest developments were showcased, results discussed and a bright outlook given for IONICON’s real-time trace gas analyzers. (more…)