BioChromato attended the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) in San Diego, CA, where we had analytical equipment on display, as well as our Smart Evaporator. In addition, we also had a number of poster presentations outlying applications of two innovative devices for DART-MS systems called ionRocket and Volatimeship.
Applications included analysis of polymers, plastics, lubricating oil and drug detection. More information including PDF printouts can be downloaded for free on our website under applications and posters for ionRocket and Volatimeship.
BioChromato continues its global influence by attending the Analytica conference in Munich. We met with researchers in academia and industry leaders in Europe, along with distribution partners throughout the region. We had our analytical instruments on display ionRocket and Volatimeship, as well as our Smart Evaporator and plate seals.
The ionRocket is a novel analytical device that directly heats samples in a controlled rate of heating. This allows volatilization and pyrolysis of compounds in order to be ionized by a DART source and introduced directly into a mass spectrometer.
Volatimeship is a sampling device that measures the headspace of a given sample in order to analyze volatile compounds typically associated with aroma. The samples are then introduced in real time into a DART gas stream where they are ionized and fed into the mass spectrometer. This allows real-time monitoring of volatile compounds.
The Smart Evaporator is an alternative solvent evaporator device. Unlike a traditional rotary evaporator, there is no risk of the solvent boiling over, or “bumping.” Due to the unique spiral plug technology, the Smart Evaporator allows the user to evaporate directly in any sample vial without the need to transfer to a round bottom flask.
BioChromato was at the Pittcon Conference and Expo, where we had analytical equipment on display, as well as our Smart Evaporator C10. In addition, we also had a poster presentation explaining our development of two innovative devices for DART-MS systems called ionRocket and Volatimeship.
DART-MS is a powerful method for analysis of sample mixtures. However, this method is not suitable for polymer analysis because many polymers are difficult to volatilize. Thus, we developed the “ionRocket ” which induces thermal desorption and pyrolysis of samples. The vapor phase of polymer samples was generated by applying a temperature-controlled heating gradient, then ionized and introduced into the mass spectrometer.
Although DART®-MS also detects volatile compounds, diffusion can make them undetectable in the open environment. In order to overcome this issue, we developed a closed-chamber interface device called “ Volatimeship ” combined with DART®-MS is an effective method to monitor volatile compounds with short analysis times and high sensitivity.
BioChromato had a poster session at the American Academy of Forensic Scientists in Seattle, Washington, where we presented the use of our ionRocket device in the forensic laboratory setting.
The ionRocket is a thermal desorption and pyrolysis device for use with DART Mass Spectrometry. It’s a unique instrument that eliminates sample prep allowing direct analysis of samples by heating up to 600°C at a specific rate of heating. Data can be obtained using the ionRocket in minutes that is similar or complementary to pyrolysis with GC-MS, but in a fraction of the time. Thus, the ionRocket shows gaining strong support in the forensic science field, especially among those already familiar with DART-MS.
BioChromato was at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) in San diego. There, we met with various manufacturers working with autosamplers, liquid handling systems, and other laboratory automation devices. These key industry leaders were impressed with each our plate seals: Easy Piercing Seal (EPS), and Slit Seal.
The Easy Piercing Seal (EPS) is a pierceable plate seal for multiwell plates. Due to its embossed surface, sampler needles are easily penetrated with minimal pressure. The Slit Seal is a pre-cut self-closing plate seal for use with 96 well plates.
BioChromato visited the Mass Spectrometry Applications to the Clinical Lab (MSACL) meeting in Palm Springs. There, we met with researchers and manufacturers working in the field of mass spectrometry in the clinical setting. Researchers and companies in the field of toxicology were impressed with our self-closing plate seals called Slit Seal, for use with 96 well plates. They found our plate seal worked well with automated liquid handlers for LC-MS in drug screening and other applications.
BioChromato attended the Gulf Coast Conference in Houston, TX. In addition to our booth, we were honored to be awarded Best New Analytical Instrument for our innovative pyrolysis device called ionRocket, where we had it on display at the New Product Showcase.
The ionRocket is a thermal desorption and pyrolysis device for use with DART Mass Spectrometry. It’s a unique instrument that eliminates sample prep allowing direct analysis of samples by heating up to 600°C at a specific rate of heating. This separates compounds based on volatility thus providing resolved mass spectra similar to a chromatogram.
BioChromato met with top leaders in the oil and gas industry like General Motors and Exxon Mobile. Customers in the oil and gas industry were impressed by the ability to analyze oil and other automotive fluids. They expressed particular interest in the ability to quickly analyze antioxidants and other additives in automotive oil and other fluids for quality control purposes.
We also presented a poster on using our analytical device on lubricating oils. This analysis method enables detection additives and base oil in the lubricating oils respectively by gradient heating, without any pre-treatment.
BioChromato attended the international Elastomer Conference where the ionRocket and other analytical devices were on display in the exhibit hall. In addition, we presented an oral presentation at the technical meeting section and received a lot of questions about the ionRocket from the audience.
We met with many different people in the rubber and polymer industry from chemists to corporate management. Attendees were impressed with the ionRocket’s applications, especially offering quick way of directly analyzing polymers for QC/QA purposes.
BioChromato attended the 2017 ASP meeting in Portland. Researchers in the field of natural product chemistry were very excited about the Smart Evaporator’s ability to evaporate multiple vials at once, especially when working with extractions.
BioChromato was delighted to attend the 2017 biennial National Organic Chemistry Symposium held on the beautiful UC Davis campus in sunny California. The 4 day conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet with speakers, poster presenters, and other attendees in the exhibit hall where the Smart Evaporator was on display. Researchers were very excited about the Smart Evaporator and the ability to evaporate small volumes bump free directly in any sample vial.
While at UC Davis, we were privileged to take a tour of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science including the campus vineyard, the LEED Platinum winery for teaching and research, the UC Davis Brewery, and learned about the chemistry of beer making at the sensory theater from an interactive presentation by Prof. Charlie Bamforth.
BioChromato was at ASMS 2017 in Indianapolis, with scientists presenting four posters on polymer and drug analysis via ionRocket (TDP/DART®-MS). Thank you to all who stopped by our booth and posters to learn more about ionRocket: Thermal Desorption/Pyrolysis for DART®-MS and Volatimeship: volatile analysis in real time for DART®-MS.