“Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. Its history goes back a millennium. And the beer? The best in Europe!”. Similar complimentary reviews of this capital city of the Czech Republic can be found in many popular travel and tourism websites. Not only is Prague famed for its extraordinary historic and cultural sights, but it is also home to the renowned Czech Academy of Sciences at which Prof. Patrik Španěl, a co-founder of the SIFT-MS technique, is currently employed.
Earlier last year, Syft Technologies had the great honor of being invited by Prof. Španěl to exhibit and present at the Second International Conference on Soft Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry and its Applications to Trace Gas Analysis (SCIMS 2019), which was held in Prague from June 10th-13th.
Out of all the outstanding talks that were presented at the conference, I was particularly interested in that given by Professor Claire Turner from the Dental Institute of King’s College in the UK. Professor Turner and her team utilized SIFT-MS to study the production of potentially toxic VOCs during routine root canal procedures, and their quantitative results led to important and yet surprising conclusions. In addition, a few young PhD students from the EU-funded Early-Stage Researchers’ group shared their research work that focused heavily on environmental monitoring and breath analysis. After learning about their interesting findings and future experimental plans, I was very proud of the SIFT-MS contribution to so many cutting-edge academic research projects.
On the last day of the SCIMS 2019 conference, I presented the results of a recent and ground-breaking project that utilized the successful application of negative ions. My talk, “Real-time differentiation of ethylbenzene and the xylenes using SIFT-MS”, was well-received by the mostly academic community, and subsequent discussions about my talk were quite animated. Many attendees were pleasantly surprised to learn that using direct mass spectrometry to differentiate isomers in real-time could be so easy.
It was personally very exciting for me to represent Syft at the conference, and I really enjoyed both listening to- and talking with- all the outstanding presenters. To me, the conference was quite educational, especially in getting to know that direct mass spectrometry can be used in more industries and academic research applications than I was previously aware of. I believe the potential of SIFT-MS is huge!
See the presentation below
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