AIRMON is the three-yearly International Symposium on Modern Principles of Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring, which was held in Dresden, Germany from June 11th-15th 2017. This year’s event was hosted by the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IFA) of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) department at the DGUV Congress Centre. AIRMON 2017 saw over 150 participants from each continent in the world – I represented Oceania!
I presented a technical poster: “Comprehensive Real-Time Air Monitoring Using Dual-Polarity SIFT-MS”. The dual-polarity ion source makes SIFT-MS a multi-purpose analytical technique for diverse indoor and outdoor air monitoring applications:
- It provides enhanced selectivity for many VOCs and carbonyls.
- Diverse inorganic gases are now detectable with pptv sensitivity. These include the sulfur oxides (SO2 and SO3), ozone, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen fluoride.
OSH applications of Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) were also evident in two other papers:
- A presentation on “non-selective VOC air sampling using canisters” by Prof. Paul Scheepers at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
- A poster by Owen Butler from the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in the United Kingdom.
These applications further highlight the strengths of SIFT-MS as a real-time analytical technique that provides comprehensive analysis compared to traditional techniques like thermal desorption-GC-MS.
The social events with a steam boat cruise on the Elbe through the romantic landscapes of East Saxony provided good networking opportunities as well as getting a taste for the local cuisine, although I’d say the Saxonian white wines at the tasting can’t keep up with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand!
AIRMON 2017 was a very successful and relevant conference in one of the main application areas of SIFT-MS. Syft’s involvement will only grow by the time AIRMON 2020 comes around.
Posted by David Hera, Environmental Applications Specialist & European Sales Director at Syft Technologies.