Miniaturisation

The Miniaturisation work group specialises in developing and characterising miniaturised plasmas for analytical chemistry; one of the objectives of its work is to optimise the work steps involved in mass spectrometry. Reducing the plasmas to a miniature scale lowers the volume of samples required and thus cuts costs and saves resources. In addition, the group works on combining different ionisation processes to enable even mixtures of molecules to be investigated in the simplest way possible.

The group specialises in two ionisation processes: dielectric barrier electrospray ionisation (DB-ESI) and the plasma jet. The aim of the research is to precisely characterise these discharges and to optimise them to the extent that they can be deployed synchronously in mass spectrometry. Both methods enable a soft ionisation which does not fragment the analytes. They can thus also be deployed to analyse very large molecules.

Current Publications

Hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry with a dielectric barrier discharge atomizer: Method optimization and evaluation of analytical performance for tin

Spectrochimica Acta Part B-Atomic Spectroscopy, Vol. 2019, Nr. 158,
Type: Journal article

Enhancement of emission from indium in flowing liquid anode atmospheric pressure glow discharge using organic media

Talanta, Vol. 2019, Nr. 204, , P. 304–309
Type: Journal article

Analyte-Tailored Controlled Atmosphere Improves Dielectric Barrier Discharge Ionization Mass Spectrometry Performance

Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 91, Nr. 5, , P. 3733–3739
Type: Journal article

Atomization of arsenic hydride in a planar dielectric barrier discharge

Spectrochimica Acta Part B-Atomic Spectroscopy, Vol. 2019, Nr. 152, , P. 68–73
Type: Journal article

Hyphenation of a MEMS based pre-concentrator and GC-IMS

Talanta, Vol. 191, , P. 141–148
Type: Journal article

Detecting Early Markers of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia by Analysis of Exhaled Gas

Critical Care Medicine,
Type: Journal article