On March 21 and 22, 2017, the 19th Odour and Emissions of Plastic Materials conference was held in Kassel, Germany. This annual event is seeing increasing interest each year, particularly with the growing awareness of the health risks associated with widespread exposure to emissions from plastic materials in our everyday lives.
This year, Syft Technologies had a significant presence at the conference. In the first instance, we had a booth side-by-side with those of our commercial partners, imat·uve and Gerstel. Demonstrations on our Voice200ultra drew great interest, and we even had a delegate whipping out “Sniffin’Sticks” from her handbag for testing! A SIM method was quickly generated with the chemicals of interest, and the Voice200ultra showed rapid concentration response when the sticks were held close to the inlet. We also had a poster on formaldehyde analysis, depicting the ease with which Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) can directly analyze this chemical which is so problematic for traditional chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.
Posted by Dr Diandree Padayachee, Applications Specialist (Environment, Food, Material Emissions) at Syft Technologies
The conference presentations covered a variety of topics and application areas, with most of the topics concentrating on two main areas – solutions for reducing emissions from plastics, and improving measurement techniques for VOC emissions. Focusing on the latter topic, David Hera represented Syft in a joint presentation with Dr Michael Holzwarth from imat·uve. The presentation covered comparative work done with SIFT-MS vs FID, GC-MS, and HPLC for analysis of compounds relevant to the current hot topic of Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ). Good trends were demonstrated in the initial feasibility study carried out by imat·uve, and there is much promise of much more to come!
All-in-all, it was a highly successful conference, which served to highlight yet again the advantages and versatility of this direct analysis technology in comparison to chromatographic techniques.