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Detecting and Quantifying Toxic Industrial Compounds (TICs) with Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS)

  • Thomas Kassebacher
  • Philipp Sulzer
  • Simone Jürschik
  • Bishu Agarwal
  • Fredrik Petersson
  • Eugen Hartungen
  • Hans Seehauser
  • Tilmann D. Märk
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 318)

Abstract

In the course of the FP7-SEC project "SPIRIT" (Safety and Protection of built Infrastructure to Resist Integral Threats) we focused our research with Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) on C-agents, specifically Toxic Industrial Compounds (TICs). Most TICs are readily available and represent a considerable threat when used in terroristic attacks. We show the principal procedure of PTR-MS detection measurements on two chemicals, namely phosgene and chloroacetone. With studies of the former we want to point out principle differences between measurements on a quadrupole mass filter based and a Time-of-Flight-based PTR-MS instrument and point out the respective benefits and drawbacks. For the latter we present the results of a diluted headspace measurement and illustrate the connection with security standards in buildings.

Keywords

Toxic Industrial Compounds TICs Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry PTR-MS PTR-TOFMS threat detection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Kassebacher
    • 1
    • 2
  • Philipp Sulzer
    • 1
  • Simone Jürschik
    • 1
  • Bishu Agarwal
    • 2
  • Fredrik Petersson
    • 1
  • Eugen Hartungen
    • 1
  • Hans Seehauser
    • 1
  • Tilmann D. Märk
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.IONICON Analytik GmbH.InnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Institut für Ionenphysik und Angewandte PhysikLeopold-Franzens Universität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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