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Posts Tagged ‘VOCs’

New Analytical Chemistry Paper on CHARON PTR-TOFMS Performance

Bulk Organic Aerosol Analysis by PTR-MS with High Precision & Accuracy

IONICON All-in-One Analyzer: the CHARON PTR-TOF 6000 X2

Very recently, we have published a technical note in Analytical Chemistry introducing an improved methodology for the determination of organic aerosol properties with CHARON PTR-TOFMS. By analysis of a large set of pure compounds we were able to derive an algorithm to correct for ionic fragmentation. Therefore CHARON is now able to measure the bulk aerosol mass concentration, bulk average elemental ratios (e.g. H:C, O:C) and even bulk average molecular formulas in unprecedented precision and accuracy.

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New IONICON Extended Volatility Range (EVR) PTR-MS

Ultra-Fast Time Response Even for IVOCs & SVOCs

Real-Time Ultra-Sensitive trace VOC analyzers from IONICON are known for their response times in fractions of a second and hence are often used to follow rapidly changing processes and VOC signals. However, some substances are known to show a slower instrumental response because of unwanted surface interactions. These substances are either highly polar or have a reduced volatility and are typically classified as „sticky“ compounds.

IONICON’s new EVR PTR-MS: ultra-fast response times for IVOCs & SVOCs

With IONICON’s new Extended Volatility Range (EVR) setup we minimize unwanted surface interactions and still preserve all the advantages of our fully pressure controlled inlet system. This extends our sub-second response from VOCs to a wide range of compounds in the intermediate-volatility range (IVOCs, e.g. 2-tridecanone and vanillin) and even reduces the response of semi-volatile species (SVOC) like cis-pinonic acid to single-digit seconds. (more…)

Taking CHARON PTR-TOF to the Sky

At the Frontier of Airborne Research aboard NASA’s Flying Laboratory

Using the opportunity provided by NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) we gave wings to our newly developed CHARON aerosol inlet. In cooperation with the University of Oslo our team combined CHARON and a custom built PTR-TOF 4000 instrument.

“Business Class” for our airworthy CHARON PTR-TOF 4000, monitoring VOCs & aerosol in real-time.

Airworthiness requires withstanding of heavy G-forces, coping with pressure changes and most importantly being fail safe. Therefore unique modifications to CHARON have been made and thoroughly tested before getting airborne. (more…)

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…)

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.

Launching the revolutionary PTR-TOF 6000 X2 trace VOC analyzer

Our next generation high-end PTR-TOFMS for real-time VOC monitoring

We proudly present our new premium PTR-TOF trace VOC analyzer. The PTR-TOF 6000 X2 outperforms all preceding systems and true to our mission as market leaders, it features utmost resolution, sensitivity and lowest real-time detection limit, in a robust, transportable platform that is smaller, lighter and even more affordable than our former flagship product. This results in an impressing mass resolution of over 6000 m/Δm and a sensitivity more than 1000 cps/ppbv with a low detection limit of below 1 pptv.

New PTR-TOF 6000 X2: incl. hexapole ION-GUIDE & ION-BOOSTER funnel

The PTR-TOF 6000 X2 is the first instrument in IONICON’s portfolio based on the new high-resolution release of the “ioniTOF” platform and our PTR technology in combination with the new “X2” features. X2 comprises the latest generation of performance tools incl. the ION-BOOSTER funnel as well as the hexapole ION-GUIDE for the ultimate PTR-TOFMS experience.

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