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NOAA scientist and PTR-MS research featured in SCIENCE

Joost de Gouw, a senior scientist at NOAA and his colleagues report from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its effects on the atmosphere

The dramatic events from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still very present in our memories and now effects on the atmosphere have been investigated by a NOAA airborne campaign. On board the NOAA research aircraft was a modified IONICON PTR-MS instrument. A new article in SCIENCE by Joost de Gouw et al. presents the study and implications of the the oil spill to our atmosphere.

Joost de Gouw et al.: Organic Aerosol Formation Downwind from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Science 331, 1295 (2011).
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Joost de Gouw is a senior scientist from the  Atmospheric VOC Research Group of NOAA ESRL & CIRES and an expert in PTR-MS. He got his PhD from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1994 and before submitting the article at SCIENCE he also published a well known review on PTR-MS.

Joost de Gouw et al.: Measurement of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Earth’s Atmosphere using Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 26 (2007), 223-257.
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NCAR scientist and PTR-MS user in SCIENCE

NCAR scientist Thomas Karl, Ph.D., and fellow researchers have an article accepted in renowned magazine SCIENCE

Thomas Karl who got his Ph.D. at the University of Innsbruck in 2000 and then moved to the USA to work for National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), uses PTR-MS for his research in atmospheric chemistry and related fields.

He and his colleagues were now able to have an article featured in the SCIENCE magazine and we are glad to congratulate Thomas for this achievement!

The scientists performed ecosystem-scale flux measurements and were able to show that the removal of oxygenated VOC via dry deposition is substantially larger than currently assumed for deciduous ecosystems.

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Interview: “Elektronische Nase mit unvorstellbarer Empfindlichkeit”

Interview (in German) with the IONICON CEO, broadcasted at an Austrian radio station

Stream a recent interview (in German) of our CEO, Dr. Tilmann Märk that was broadcasted on June 11, 2010 at an Austrian radio station. The topics addressed were the detection and identification of explosives and other illicit substances, assessment of origin of food, monitoring of the atmosphere and other interesting applications of PTR-MS…

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ORF Interview mit dem IONICON Geschäftsführer