Overview

The need for quantitative and rapid detection of chemical compounds in complex environments and at ultralow concentrations provides significant challenges to analytical chemistry for applications in many areas. Soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric techniques can be used to address some of these challenges, and hence are key technologies for many analytical applications, ranging from atmospheric chemistry through to homeland security.

The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for discussions on research, instrumentation and applications of soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric (SCIMS) techniques, with a particular focus on the technologies of PTR-MS, IMS, IMS/MS and SIFT-MS, covering many of areas of applications, but with an emphasis on fundamental research and development, atmospheric chemistry, homeland security, and the environmental, food and health sciences.

A key purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists and technologists from academia, industry and government who use SCIMS technologies in an informal setting to network and share details on recent advances and applications. An objective of this meeting is to facilitate closer collaboration and to improve the exploitation of novel concepts between disciplines and technologies.

Young scientists (e.g. Early Stage Researchers and PhD students) at the beginning of their research careers are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting, either with a poster or with an oral presentation.

Dornbirn

Dornbirn is situated in the beautiful Vorarlberg region of Western Austria near Lake Constance, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border, offering scenic tours of the Alps. There are excellent and fast train connections from many nearby major cities, including Zurich, Munich and Innsbruck.

Programme

The conference will begin Monday morning (8:45 am) and finish Wednesday late afternoon (5 pm). The program includes invited talks by distinguished leaders using SCIMS covering various research fields; including environmental science, atmospheric chemistry, food science, health science and homeland security. The conference will also include invited short talks and a poster session. (Please state in any abstract submission if you wish to be considered for a talk, a poster or both.) For young researchers, there will be an interactive session on careers within academia, industry and the government.

Abstracts

Abstract submissions should be sent to Professor Karl Unterkofler, karl.unterkofler@fhv.at (deadline 15th August 2017). Abstracts should be no more than one side of A4 using font size 12 including graphs and figures. Most abstracts will be accepted for posters, a number will be selected for oral presentation.

Registration

The registration fee is only €60 to include a conference dinner and coffee breaks.
To register please go to veranstaltungen.fhv.at/CSCIMS by the 31st August 2017. We are grateful for support from HORIZON 2020 EU ITN “IMPACT” (Ion Molecule Processes for Analytical Chemical Technologies Network, GA 674911), the University of Innsbruck, the Molecular Physics Group of the Institute of Physics (UK), and the FHV, which has enabled us to keep the registration fee low.

Accommodation

As a guest of the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg you will be able to get specials rates at Hotel Krone en.kronehotel.at. When booking with the Hotel Krone, please state “Gast der Fachhochschule Vorarlberg”. There are also many other hotels in Dornbirn and the surrounding area. Please e-mail Prof. Unterkofler if you need any assistance. It is advisable to book an hotel from Sunday the17th September.

Confirmed Invited International Speakers

  • Franco Biasioli (Fondazione Edmund Mach-Istituto Agrario di S. Michele, Italy)
    Food volatilomics by direct injection mass spectrometry
  • Simona M. Cristescu (Radboud University, Holland) 
    Sniffing the chemical language of plants and microorganisms
  • John M. Dyke (Southampton University)
    Calculation of rate coefficients of radical -molecule reactions of importance in atmospheric chemistry and their measurement with photoionization
  • Julian King (ZFF) 
    Mathematical Modelling for Breath Gas Analysis
  • Pawel Mochalski (Institut Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, AT)
    Monitoring of selected volatile organic compounds released by hidden humans using gas chromatography ion mobility spectrometry
  • Jochen Schubert (Universitätmedizin Rostock, Germany) 
    Applications of Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry for Clinical Breath Analysis
  • Patrick Sears & Peter Hickey (Dstl, UK)
    Ambient ionisation techniques and homeland security, & spectrometry for security applications
  • Patrik Spanel (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Research Institute) 
    Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry, SIFT-MS: from plasma physics via analytical chemistry to medicine
  • Jonathan Williams (Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften E.V.)
    Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry and Atmospheric Chemistry

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Detailed Programme

 
Monday 18th September
8:15 – 8:45 Registration
8:50 – 9:40Introduction & Opening Address (Organisers)
Applications: Health and Life Sciences
Chair: Karl Unterkofler


Jochen Schubert (University Medical Centre Rostock, Germany) Applications of Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry for Clinical Breath Analysis
9:40 – 10:10Jan Rozman (Helmholtz Institute, München, Germany) A systemic view on exhaled volatile organic compounds in mice: a promising new level in the world of pan-omics
10:10 - 10:40 Pawel Mochalski (Institut for Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, Austria) Monitoring of selected volatile organic compounds released by hidden humans using gas chromatography ion mobility spectrometry (GC-IMS)
10:40 - 11:00 Giovanni Pugliese (University Medical Centre Rostock, Germany) Real time calibration of aliphatic amines
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:50Official Welcome
Rektor Tilmann Märk, Universität Innsbruck
Landesrätin Dr. Bernadette Mennel
FH-Rektorin Dr. Tanja Eiselen
11:50 – 12:30Simona M. Cristescu (Radboud University, Netherlands) Sniffing the chemical language of plants and microorganisms
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 14:00Julian King (ZF Friedrichshafen, D) Mathematical Modelling for Breath Gas Analysis
14:00 - 14:30Kseniya Dryahina (J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic) Inflammatory bowel disease: SIFT-MS quantification of volatile metabolites in breath
14:30 – 15:15Homeland Security

Patrick Sears and Peter Hickey
(Dstl, UK) Ambient ionisation techniques and homeland security
15:15 - 15:45Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:30Fundamental Science
Chair John Dyke


Paul Scheier (Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte Physik, University of Innsbruck, Austria) Electron driven reactions in doped He nanodroplets
16:30 - 18:15Poster Session
19:30–21:30 Conference Dinner
 
 
Tuesday 19th September
8:30 – 9:15 An interactive Session for Young Scientists: Careers – academic, industrial and governmental perspectives
Commercial Companies: IONICON (Rene Gutmann), KORE (Fraser Reich), MassSpecpecD BV (Maurice Janssen); Governmental: DSTL (Pete Hickey & Peter Sears); Academia (John Dyke, Paul Scheier)
9:15 - 9:45Fundamental Science
Chair John Dyke

Maurice H M Janssen
(MassSpecpecD BV, Nijmegen, Netherlands) Direct enantiomer selective Mass Spectrometry of chiral mixtures by MS-PECD
9:45 - 10:15Tom Field (Queen’s University, Belfast, UK) How Soft is Electron Attachment?
10:15 - 10:45 Instrumental Developments
Chair Maurice Janssen


Rene Gutmann (IONICON Analytik GmbH, Austria) PTR-TOF-MS: Latest Improvements in Selectivity and Sensitivity
10:45 - 11:15 Robert Blake (University of Leicester, UK) CF3+ and CF2H+ as reagents for chemical ionization reaction mass spectrometry
11:15 - 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 - 12:15Štefan Matejčík (Comenius University in Bratislava) IMS and IMS-oaTOFMS detection of VOCs
12:15 - 12:35Michal Lacko (J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic) Presence of water clusters in SCIMS
12:40 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 13:50 Food Science
Chair: Simona Cristescu


Iuliia Khomenko (Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), Italy) High-throughput on-line monitoring of microorganism of relevance in food technology by PTR-ToF-MS
13:50 - 14:10Shazia Zafar (University of Birmingham, UK) A PTR-MS Study of Manuka Honeys
14:30 - 15:15 Environmental Science & Atmospheric Chemistry
Chair Tom Field

John Dyke (University of Southampton, UK) Calculation of rate coefficients of radical-molecule reactions of importance in atmospheric chemistry and their measurement with photoionization
Free time to visit to Dornbirn, Bregenz, Lake Constance
 
 
Wednesday 20th September
9:00 - 9:50Food Science
Chair: Simona Cristescu


Franco Biasioli (Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), Italy) Food volatilomics by direct injection mass spectrometry
9:50 – 10:10Michele Pedrotti (FEM, Italy) The good, the bad and the aged: quality control of anhydrous milk fat through Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry
10:10 - 10:35Environmental Science & Atmospheric Chemistry
Chair Jonathan Williams


Dusan Materic (Utrecht University, Netherlands) Characterisation of the semi-volatile component of Dissolved Organic Matter by Thermal Desorption – PTR-ToF-MS
10:35 - 11:00Luca Cappellin (FEM, Italy & Harvard, USA) Modern ultra-high sensitive SCIMS allows unprecedented studies in atmospherebiosphere interactions
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:50Charel Wohl (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) Are the polar seas a net source or sink of Oxygenated Volatile Organic compounds (OVOCs)?
11:50 – 12:10Illia Zymak (J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic) Study of gas-phase ion molecular reactions relevant to the atmosphere of Mars
12:10 - 12:55Health Science

Patrik Spanel
(J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic) Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry, SIFTMS: from plasma physics via analytical chemistry to medicine
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:20 Environmental Science & Atmospheric Chemistry
Chair Chris Mayhew


Felix Piel (IONICON Analytik GmbH, Austria) Analysis of gasoline & diesel exhaust using SRI-PTR-TOFMS
14:20 - 14:40 Daniel Blenkhorn (University of Birmingham, UK) Detection and Sensitivity of Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons measured by PTR-MS
14:40 - 15:30 Jonathan Williams (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Air Chemistry, Germany) Exploring air chemistry with a PTR-MS
15:30 - 15:40 Closing Remarks
 

Organisation

The conference is co-organized and co-hosted by the Institute for Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, and the FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences.

Local Organisers:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christopher A. Mayhew
Universität Innsbruck
Institut für Atemgasanalytik
Rathausplatz 4, 6850 Dornbirn
+43 5572 204674 / +43 512 504 27783
christopher.mayhew@uibk.ac.at

Prof. Univ.-Doz. Dr. DI Karl Unterkofler
FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences
CAMUS V, Hochschulstraße 1
6850 Dornbirn
+43 5572 792 7116
karl.unterkofler@fhv.at