IONICON blog

News and updates from the PTR-MS community

IONICON_banner

Posts Tagged ‘PTR-MS’

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.

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…)

300 PTR-MS instruments sold – a historic milestone

We at IONICON are proudly celebrating this achievement

ionicon-no300-logo-website-418x278pxDuring the last days of September 2016 we finished the construction of PTR-MS instrument No. 300. It’s a PTR-TOF 1000 that we built for an overseas customer who will use it for analyzing chemical pollutants in industrial areas. Our team took some pride and special care when loading it into its flightcase packaging. Then it was ready for being shipped to one of the many spots all over the world where 299 IONICON instruments got to before and are by now the industry’s benchmark for ultra-sensitive real-time trace VOC analysis. (more…)

PTR-MS aboard the icebreaker Polarstern for the TRANSSIZ campaign

From the air to the sea – One IONICON PTR-MS masters both challenges

Polarstern ramming. Photo: Hauke Flores (c) Polarstern blog.

(c) Hauke Flores, Polarstern blog.

Originally constructed for and installed on a French SAFIRE research aircraft, a ruggedized and specially modified IONICON High-Sensitivity PTR-MS is now on a mission in the Atlantic Ocean. A team of French & German scientists* took the PTR-MS to the sea for the TRANSSIZ campaign aboard the icebreaker R/V Polarstern.

Valerie and Roland in Lab. Photo: Kristin Werner (c) Polarstern blog.

(c) Kirstin Werner, Polarstern blog.

The scientists’ job is to detect trace gases dissolved in water with the help of the PTR-MS and a custom built “On Line Water Extractor Device” (OLWIED).

(more…)

Fracking yields high wintertime ozone pollution

New study published in nature – ozone precursor in Utah oil and gas fields measured by PTR-MS

Gas flares from a stack in Utah’s Uintah Basin. Credit: Scott Sandberg, NOAA.

Chemicals released into the air by oil and gas exploration, extraction and related activities (i.e. horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing “fracking”) can spark reactions that lead to high levels of ozone in wintertime, high enough to exceed the US federal health standards, according to new NOAA-led research, published in Nature.

Winter ozone pollution is surprising because normally, the more intense sunlight of the summer season can spark the chemical reactions that create ozone pollution, said lead author Peter Edwards, a CIRES scientist working at CSD at the time of the study, now with University of York in England. However, Edwards and his colleagues showed that in winter in northeastern Utah, levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) build high enough that they can trigger pollution-forming reactions themselves.

(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.

(more…)

IONICON PTR-MS system monitors GMP biotech processes

fermenter_copyright_boehringer_ingelheimIONICON is a partner in the Austrian Center for Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB) for the development of novel tools for real-time process monitoring of biotechnological fermentations. After the successful implementation in a laboratory environment, the IONICON PTR-technology could now make another important step and has been utilized for real-time process monitoring in an industrial, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) controlled fermentation process. The ability to monitor volatile microbial metabolites in the off-gas, without an adaptation to the existing process, has enabled the introduction of PTR-MS to this highly regulated area.

(more…)