“Product quality can vary dramatically in the polymer industry, so it is critically important to screen inbound product before utilizing it in sensitive applications”


Vaughan Langford Syft Technologies Director - Applications & Marketing

Dr. Vaughan Langford

BSc(Hons), PhD


Principal Scientist / Consultant

Vaughan joined Syft in 2002 after completing his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Canterbury (1997) and post-doctoral fellowships at the Universities of Geneva, Western Australia, and Canterbury.

As manager of Syft’s contract laboratory, Vaughan has worked extensively with customers to understand their analysis needs and develop market-tested SIFT-MS solutions.

Vaughan has experience across all SIFT-MS application areas, but has particular expertise in environmental and food industry applications. He is an expert in SIFT-MS application and method development.

In addition to the technical aspects of his role, Vaughan attends and presents on many of Syft’s webinars and attends various conferences on our behalf.

Product quality can vary dramatically in the polymer industry, so it is critically important to screen inbound product before utilizing it in sensitive applications, such as:

  • Food packaging
  • Pharmaceutical packaging
  • Clinical products and devices.

Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) provides rapid, sensitive screening of polymer feedstock, as shown in the example below.  In less than one minute, automated SIFT-MS headspace analysis determined the respective qualities of two batches of polypropylene pellets – one suitable for food-grade packaging and the other not.

The striking contrast in volatile emissions of oxygenated VOCs from food-grade and non-food grade polypropylene pellets determined in less than 30 seconds.

For more information on simple, rapid screening of polymers using automated SIFT-MS view the LCGC webinar on automated SIFT-MS, which features residual monomer analysis of polymers.

If you are looking for a reliable, robust and real-time gas analysis solution, contact us today.

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