• US Patent Awarded for Novel Mass Spectrometer Ion Trap Control Technology

Mass Spectrometry & Spectroscopy

US Patent Awarded for Novel Mass Spectrometer Ion Trap Control Technology

Jan 22 2013

1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation, has announced that the United States Patent Office (‘USPTO’) has allowed the issuance of a key patent for the company's unique method to miniaturise the electrical circuitry for a mass spectrometer ion trap used for chemical analysis and detection.

"We are extremely pleased that the USPTO has allowed this patent. This patent is an important component of our intellectual property portfolio as it allows 1st Detect to miniaturise mass spectrometers without sacrificing performance." said Thomas B Pickens III, Chairman and CEO of 1st Detect. "The patent clearly validates our technology and both demonstrates and protects the progress we have made in the development of the 1st Detect Miniature Mass Spectrometer."

The patent, entitled ‘End Cap Voltage Control of Ion Traps’, published as USPTO No. 8,334,506, represents a key technological advantage for 1st Detect to optimise the operation of an ion trap using compact and efficient circuitry.

"The technology protected by this patent supports our objective to offer the most affordable, high performance miniature mass spectrometer for both laboratory and field applications." added David Rafferty, the inventor of the novel technology and President and CTO of 1st Detect.

1st Detect Corporation has developed an instrument that revolutionises the chemical detection and analysis market by delivering lab performance mass spectrometry in a small, affordable and easily portable package. The 1st Detect mini mass spectrometer's broad capabilities make it an ideal tool for a variety of applications in the research, security, industrial, process flow and healthcare markets; and is capable of detecting a wide variety of chemicals including residues and vapours from explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, food and beverage contaminants and pollution products.


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