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

Complex decision making to support urban search and rescue operations

Springer, , P. 109–107
Book series: Integration of Practice-Oriented Knowledge Technology: Trends and Prospectives
Type: Book contribution
ISBN: 978-3-642-34470-1

Peak Detection Algorithm Based on Second Derivative Properties for two Dimensional Ion Mobility Spectrometry Signals

Springer, , P. 341–354
Book series: Integrated Systems, Design and Technology
Type: Book contribution
ISBN: 978-3-642-34470-1