Spectrometry for Security Applications - First International Workshop

10 February 2019 18:00 - 13 February 2019 12:00, Dornbirn, Austria

Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) are key technologies for a wide range of security applications.  They provide analytical tools for the high sensitivity operational trace detection of explosives, chemical warfare agents and narcotics, whilst higher resolution mass spectrometers enable lab-based characterization 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 production of reagent ions and in ambient ionisation for MS have reduced the logistic and regulatory burden and increased applications in the security arena. 

Following two very successful one-day workshops at the University of Birmingham in 2015 and 2016, this first International Workshop,  organized by the Chemical Sciences Security Group (CSSG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), will bring together scientists and technologists from academia, industry and government in an informal setting to network and share recent advances in areas such as PTR-MS, ESI-MS, IMS and MS for security applications. The aim is to facilitate closer collaboration in this field and improve the exploitation of novel concepts. 

The Workshop is being co-hosted by the Institute for Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, and the FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences.  Dornbirn is situated in the beautiful Vorarlberg region of Western Austria near Lake Constance, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border.  Dornbirn is 9km (5 miles) from the ski resort of Bödele which offers direct access to 16 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts.  There are excellent and fast train connections from many nearby major cities, including Zurich, Munich, Innsbruck and the famous ski resort of St Anton.
FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences

FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences, FH Vorarlberg, CAMPUS V, Hochschulstraße 1, Dornbirn, 6850 , Austria

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