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Real-Time, Comprehensive Air Quality Monitoring Using SIFT-MS



  January 14, 2020

  8:00 a.m. PST, 11:00 a.m. EST, 16:00 GMT, 17:00 CET




Air pollution has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the largest single environmental health risk and attributes eight million deaths annually as a result of exposure to air pollution. Air is a dynamic matrix and is complex at trace levels. Conventional analytical technologies (such as GC-MS and HPLC) lack the time resolution, responsiveness required to provide timely answers so that the root cause of air quality perturbations can be rapidly identified and addressed. Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is a direct mass spectrometric technology for continuous, sensitive, selective, and robust analysis of air. Diverse VOCs (such as benzene and formaldehyde) and inorganic gases (such as sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide) are detected in a single, simple analysis.

Vietnam is thought to be one of the most polluted countries in the world, it has areas of high population density and lower levels of economic development leading to acute air quality issues in its major cities. A recent UK funded project (A Tale of Two Cities) has undertaken observations of a wide range of trace gases in Hanoi using SIFT-MS. This was to provide some of the first ambient organic and inorganic gas phase speciation data in this region.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of the selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) technique, including its ability to selectively and comprehensively analyze samples in one simple procedure.
  • Discover how SIFT-MS is well suited to air quality monitoring applications.
  • Understand how SIFT-MS analysis can support development of air quality inventories.

Who Should Attend

  • Atmospheric researchers
  • Environmental scientists and engineers
  • Analytical chemists
  • Laboratory Managers / Directors / Supervisors


Vaughan Langford, PhD
Principal Scientist
Syft Technologies
Marvin Shaw, PhD
NCAS Research Scientist
National Centre for Atmospheric Science
University of York, UK


Ann Thayer
Contributing Editor
C&EN Media Group