Spectrometry for Security Applications – one-day workshop

17 December 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) are key technologies for security applications. IMS provides high sensitivity operational trace explosives and narcotics detection, whilst the higher resolution of MS enables lab-based characterisation of threat materials including forensic analysis. MS is also increasingly being deployed in the field as technological and engineering solutions emerge to meet MS system requirements, such as robust, low power vacuum pumps. Ionisation is key to both detection and analysis methods, and advances in the use of non-radioactive sources for IMS and in ambient ionisation for MS have reduced the logistic and regulatory burden and increased applications in the security arena.

This one-day workshop will bring together scientists and technologists from academia, industry and government in an informal setting to network and share recent advances in IMS and MS for security applications. The aim is to facilitate closer collaboration in this field and improve the exploitation of novel concepts. Abstracts are invited for presentations (20 minutes) and posters across the full breadth of national security and crime reduction applications for IMS and MS. Numbers are limited so please send abstracts (up to 400 words) as soon as possible to the organisers. There is no registration fee, and bursaries may be available to support travel for PhD students; please indicate if you wish to apply for travel expenses.

  • Alex McNeish Smiths Detection, United Kingdom
  • Prof Paul Thomas Loughborough University, United Kingdom

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Royal Society of Chemistry Institute of Physics
University of Birmingham

Small Lecture Theatre, University of Birmingham, Physics Poynting, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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