SIFT-MS is applied to forest fire research for the first time


Vaughan Langford Syft Technologies Director - Applications & Marketing

Dr. Vaughan Langford

BSc(Hons), PhD


Principal Scientist / Consultant

Forest fire research: This new application of Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry – SIFT-MS is described in an article recently submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions by Dr Clare Paton-Walsh (Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Wollongong, Australia) and her collaborators.

Interestingly, the research applies the first-generation commercial instrument produced by Syft Technologies – the Voice100 – dating from 2005-2006. Since the concentrations of incomplete combustion products are typically at reasonably high concentrations, Dr Paton-Walsh’s group does not need the >100-fold sensitivity enhancement achieved on the current Voice200ultra instruments. Nevertheless, it does illustrate the long service life of our quality instruments and emphasizes the benefits of switching of reagent ions.

Full details of the submitted paper, which is currently open for discussion, are:

Guérette, E.-A., Paton-Walsh, C., Desservettaz, M., Smith, T. E. L., Volkova, L., Weston, C. J., and Meyer, C. P.: Emissions of trace gases from Australian temperate forest fires: emission factors and dependence on modified combustion efficiency, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-883, in review, 2017.

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