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COVID-19: IONICONs are Teleworking and Continuing to Support You

We are monitoring Innsbruck’s air for changes due to Austria’s “shutdown”

IONICON reacted quickly to help containing the Corona virus spread. From day one after the Austrian government has ordered a de facto shutdown including restrictions on the movement of people, most IONICONs work from home to keep our renowned customer support available to you on a real-time basis. Please use email as the preferred way to contact us and allow remote access to your instrument.

Production continues during COVID-19 outbreak – behind closed doors

We are currently taking all required and recommended precautions and continue our production processes with limited and specially briefed staff.

CHARON PTR-TOF 6000 X2 analyzes Innsbruck’s air during the shutdown

Witnessing the shutdown and aiming to document its impact on the environment, we have started analyzing Innsbruck’s air with a CHARON PTR-TOF 6000 X2.

So does the University of Innsbruck, deploying the same type of analyzer at their site. Our goal is to quantify the effects of the shutdown on traffic emissions and the urban air quality.

Stay healthy and take care!

 

Ruggedized and Airworthy PTR-TOF 4000

Custom-built by IONICON engineers for the University of Montana

One of the special skills we are known for is to custom-build PTR-TOFMS and ioniTOF systems for research and industrial applications. Our engineering team is eager to work out special solutions and by now we have a solid track record for more than two dozen tailor-made analytical instruments that are fully customized.

IONICON engineers with “their” instrument before we shipped it to the University of Montana

Each one is unique and purpose-built to withstand G-forces, shocks, varying pressure levels and temperatures that you and I wouldn’t like to experience. Often also size and weight matters and our team has to make the instrument fit into spaces where a normal analyzer is too large or heavy. (more…)

CHARON Real-Time Aerosol Inlet System for PTR-TOFMS

Direct Sampling and Analysis of Atmospheric Particulate Organic Matter

An international team of researchers from the University of Innsbruck (Austria), the IRCELYON in Lyon (France) and the University of Oslo (Norway) recently studied the application of the new CHARON Particle Inlet to directly sample and analyze the chemical composition of atmospheric sub-µm particulate organic matter (POM) by PTR-TOFMS.

CHARON PTR-TOF 6000 X2 with two inlets in parallel for real-time VOC and particle analysis

By conducting laboratory based measurements of pure aerosolized substances the team could demonstrate the quantitative response of CHARON PTR-TOFMS to a range of typical POM substances down to single-digit ng m-3 mass concentrations. This quantitative response combined with the low selectivity of PTR-MS led to a good agreement in the detection of total urban POM in comparison with other state-of-the-art aerosol instrumentation.  (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…)

NASA campaign KORUS-AQ: monitoring the smog above Korea

IONICON PTR-TOFMS instruments aboard the NASA research airplane

The IONICON PTR-TOFMS installed aboard the NASA research aircraft. (Picture: NASA)

The IONICON PTR-TOFMS installed aboard the NASA research aircraft. (Picture: NASA)

An international team coordinated by NASA has recently investigated air pollution over the Korean peninsula. Two of IONICON’s PTR-TOFMS instruments were used to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in real-time aboard NASA’s DC-8 Flying Laboratory. The data gathered by scientists from the University of Innsbruck and Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) will be used to improve satellite-based air quality monitoring over Korea. (more…)

Indian PTR-MS collects first VOC data from Indo-Gangetic Plain

Prof. Sinha and his team have compiled a comprehensive dataset from their new high quality atmospheric chemistry observation station at IISER Mohali.

IISER_Mohali_Sinha_team_out_copyright_Vinayak_SinhaProf. Vinayak Sinha lives and does his research in a region called the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP). Home of one seventh of the world’s population and as a fertile region, it sustains agricultural food crop production for much of South Asia, yet it remains one of the most under-studied regions of the world in terms of atmospheric composition and chemistry. One of Prof. Sinha’s goals is to change that and being our first Indian PTR-MS customer, he has a powerful tool at hand that he operates on a 24/7 basis together with his team in the new atmospheric chemistry facility “the blue eye in the sky” at IISER, Mohali.

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IONICON PTR-TOF-MS helps providing new insights and a SCIENCE paper

Extremely large range of VOCs are a challenge to current emission, air quality, and global climate models.

J.-H. Park et al. were relying on an IONICON PTR-TOF 8000 instrument to study fluxes of an unprecedented number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) simultaneously. Their results, “Active Atmosphere-Ecosystem Exchange of the Vast Majority of Detected Volatile Organic Compounds“, have recently been published in the prestigious SCIENCE Magazine. Using traditional measurement techniques, monitoring of VOCs was limited to a few selected compounds, the authors explain, whereas PTR-TOFMS technology reveals 186 organic ions with a net deposition, and 494 that have bidirectional flux.

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