June 2014.

Fasmatech’s CEO, Dr. Emmanuel Raptakis and CSO Dr. Dimitris Papanastasiou took part at the ASMS annual conference, which was held from the 15th to the 19th of June 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference was attended by 6,500 scientists covering the broadest possible spectrum of ion analysis instrumentation and applications. Amongst the highlights of the conference was an excellent tutorial lecture on imaging mass spectrometry delivered by Prof. Ron Heeren. The MS imaging focus continued with an Award lecture by the distinguished Prof. Richard Caprioli. As ever the ASMS week was exciting, stimulating and an excellent opportunity to meet old friends and open up new business opportunities.

Fasmatech presented a poster on the latest advances on the Aerolens™ technology, a device employed to accept the supersonic jet formed behind a capillary or a skimmer in the first vacuum region of a mass spectrometer (patent pending). The Aerolens™ transforms the jet into a subsonic fully-developed laminarized gas flow, increasing the ion transmission of downstream ion optics, e.g. ion funnels. A pdf copy of the poster can be found here.

Dr. Thomas Bierkandt from the group of Prof. Tina Kasper, Duisburg-Essen University, presented a poster entitled “Detection and quantification of naturally occurring flame ions in ethylene flames and the effect of ethanol addition on polyaromatic hydrocarbon formation”. For this work the Duisburg -Essen group has used a custom-engineered atmospheric pressure – vacuum interface designed and manufactured by Fasmatech to sample ions from live flames and transfer them to high vacuum for TOF detection. A copy of the poster can be found here.

ASMS also featured an excellent exhibition of “extraterrestrial” mass spectrometers, instruments that were designed for use in orbit or for lunar and planetary probes (see photos).