Miniaturized high-performance drift tube ion mobility spectrometer


Developing powerful hand-held drift tube ion mobility spectrometers (IMS) requires small, lightweight drift tubes with high analytical performance. In this work, we present an easy-to-manufacture, miniaturized drift tube ion mobility spectrometer, which is manufactured from polyether ether ketone, stainless steel foils and printed circuit boards.

Breathhomics 2019 (Manchester, UK)


This one day meeting sponsored by the Royal Society of Chesmistry Analytical Division aims to bring together academics, scientists, engineers, and industry specialists to present and discuss the research, innovative developments, and standardisation efforts in breath research.

Paul Thomas, professor of Analitical Science at Loughborough University and TOXI-triage coordinator, talked about how CBRN mass casualty triage concepts have revelaed an approach to personalised radiotherapy.

1st International workshop on Spectrometry for Security Applications (Dornbirn, Austria)


This first International Workshop, organized by the Chemical Sciences Security Group (CSSG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the Institut für Atemgasanalytik at the University of Innsbruck, brought 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 was to facilitate closer collaboration in this field and improve the exploitation of novel concepts.

IABR Breath Summit 2019 (Leicestershire, UK)


The International Association of Breath Research (IABR), organizes a biennial series of international conferences on breath research. 2019 conference will take place in Leicester on 8-11 September. Attendees gather expertise in different domains ranging from breath chemical analysis and sensor instrumentation to biomarker detection and identification strategies, and belong to academia, industry and research organisations.

Convolutional neural networks for automated targeted analysis of raw gas chromatography–mass spectrometry data

Through their breath, humans exhale hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can reveal pathologies, including many types of cancer at early stages. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is an analytical method used to separate and detect compounds in the mixture contained in breath samples. The identification of VOCs is based on the recognition of their specific ion patterns in GC-MS data, which requires labour-intensive and time-consuming preprocessing and analysis by domain experts.

Ergonomics Systems Mapping for Professional Responder Inter-operability in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Events


A European consensus was developed as a concept of operations (CONOPS) for cross-border, multi-professional chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) responses. AcciMaps were co-designed with professional responders from military, fire, ambulance, and police services in UK, Finland and Greece. Data were collected using document analysis from both open and restricted sources to extract task and operator information, and through interviews with senior staff representatives (Gold or Silver Command level).