Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 395, Issue 2, pp 411–419

Performance evaluation of a miniature ion mobility spectrometer drift cell for application in hand-held explosives detection ion mobility spectrometers


  • J. S. Babis
    • University of Arizona
  • R. P. Sperline
    • University of Arizona
  • A. K. Knight
    • University of Arizona
  • D. A. Jones
    • Sandia National Laboratories
  • C. A. Gresham
    • Sandia National Laboratories
    • University of Arizona
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00216-009-2818-5

Cite this article as:
Babis, J.S., Sperline, R.P., Knight, A.K. et al. Anal Bioanal Chem (2009) 395: 411. doi:10.1007/s00216-009-2818-5


The implementation of hand-held ion mobility spectrometers (IMS) requires the development and evaluation of miniature drift cells providing high sensitivity while maintaining reasonable resolution. This manuscript describes the construction of a miniature IMS designed for such an application and its characterization by evaluation of the detection limits and resolution of the system with seven explosive compounds including trinitrotoluene (TNT), cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), 2,4,6-trinitrophenyl-N-methylnitramine (Tetryl), nitroglycerin (NG), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4 DNT), and 2,6-dinitrotoluene (2,6 DNT).

Miniature IMS Assembly


Miniature IMSExplosivesCapacitive-transimpedance amplifierCTIA

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