This webinar provides an overview of the SIFT-MS technique and selected automation applications across diverse matrices of environmental and industrial relevance.


Vaughan Langford Syft Technologies Director - Applications & Marketing

Dr. Vaughan Langford

BSc(Hons), PhD


Principal Scientist / Consultant

Vaughan joined Syft in 2002 after completing his PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Canterbury (1997) and post-doctoral fellowships at the Universities of Geneva, Western Australia, and Canterbury.

As manager of Syft’s contract laboratory, Vaughan has worked extensively with customers to understand their analysis needs and develop market-tested SIFT-MS solutions.

Vaughan has experience across all SIFT-MS application areas, but has particular expertise in environmental and food industry applications. He is an expert in SIFT-MS application and method development.

In addition to the technical aspects of his role, Vaughan attends and presents on many of Syft’s webinars and attends various conferences on our behalf.

In this webinar, we demonstrate the advantages of applying automated SIFT-MS to analysis of volatiles in diverse matrices, from air to the headspace of polymers, soil, and water. Formaldehyde and the BTEX compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and the xylenes) will be utilized in various case studies. For the first time with direct MS, we present a calibration approach that enables speciation of ethylbenzene from the xylenes in real time.

Sample throughput is often a critical bottleneck for analysis of volatiles in the contract testing or research laboratory. Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is a form of direct mass spectrometry that provides real-time detection of volatile organic compounds and many inorganic gases to sub-part-per-billion concentrations (by volume; ppbv) without preconcentration, derivatization or drying. Automation of SIFT-MS creates a high-throughput analytical tool that addresses these throughput challenges.

SIFT-MS provides highly sensitive, selective, and non-discriminatory analysis. When SIFT-MS is coupled with autosampler technology, SIFT-MS delivers sample throughputs that are unparalleled by traditional technologies.

Automated SIFT-MS provides economic benefits through reduced cost per sample, greatly reduces sample turnaround time, and revolutionizes the entire laboratory workflow for analysis of volatile organic and inorganic compounds. And it is applicable to a wide range of matrices!

Whether you are looking to address issues that traditional techniques cannot resolve, accelerate your R&D, improve processes and reduce costs, or mitigate risk through analysis of more samples, automated SIFT-MS delivers.

To learn more about SIFT-MS and automated SIFT-MS, please browse syft.com or contact us.