Dr Marvin Shaw will be partnering with Syft Technologies for the next three years working on fine-tuning and calibrating the selected ion flow tube mass spectrometer (SIFT-MS), Voice200 ultra instruments for air quality applications.

Shaw completed a Ph.D at York University and has since worked in government labs before returning to university in 2015. He is an expert in direct determination of VOC emission using chemical ionization techniques coupled with meteorological measurements through eddy covariance.

During November Dr Shaw visited Syft Technologies headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand to learn more about the technology as well as to share some of his application expertise.


“Our research goals align with both Dr Marvin Shaw… particularly our views toward the advancement of detection technologies for a wide range of applications applicable to the 21 Century”.

 


With SIFT-MS’s real time capability and the option to van mount the Voice200 ultra instrument there is a good fit and huge potential within the air quality field. One example of the potential of SIFT-MS in this industry is pollution source determination. A van mounted instrument has the ability to cover large areas and scan for hot spots of chemical emissions.

Real-time Analysis

Dynamic analysis of hazardous environments is another area where SIFT-MS will provide massive benefits to air quality scientists. Traditional techniques such as Gas Chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) lack the time resolution to get a full picture of what is happening in a dynamic environmental space. This new volume of data will be a big step towards dealing with pollution hazards in urban environments.


Doug Hastie, CEO at Syft Technologies, first met Dr Shaw at a conference on mass spectrometry where he was presenting. He immediately recognised the potential to partner with Dr Shaw. Doug commented that “our research goals align with both Dr Marvin Shaw and the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry laboratories at York, particularly our views toward the advancement of detection technologies for a wide range of applications applicable to the 21 Century”.

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