Rapid Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) Analysis Using Direct Mass Spectrometry

Available On Demand until October 18, 2018

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Regulators and consumers demand increasingly lower levels of harmful volatile emissions in motor vehicle passenger cabins, pushing manufacturers toward more comprehensive testing – from raw materials to components to finished vehicles – to ensure conformance and avoid costly tear-out. However, conventional analytical technologies are expensive, complex, and slow, since they are based on chromatographic methods.

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is an innovative, industry-proven analytical technique that directly and instantly analyzes air down to part-per-trillion (ppt) concentrations, providing rapid component screening and immediate process feedback. SIFT-MS selectively and quantitatively analyzes the complete range of emitted volatile organic compounds (e.g., formaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, styrene, and dichlorobenzene) and inorganic gases (e.g., ammonia).

This Webinar introduces SIFT-MS and outlines the benefits that make it the ideal tool for product emission testing applications from raw materials through to complete vehicle testing on the production line. Case studies will be used to illustrate how SIFT-MS has been applied to a range of emissions testing applications, from materials to assemblies to entire cabins. In particular, it will examine comparative studies undertaken in the imat-uve laboratory that follow the ISO 16000-series standards.



Michael Holzwarth, Ph.D., Senior Manager VIAQ VOC Odor, imat-uve

Michael Holzwarth completed his undergraduate education in chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) and then earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. Michael joined imat-uve’s Department of Test Coordination in 2005, where he quickly became the leading expert for emissions testing. In 2008, he advanced to laboratory management with responsibility for the chamber emissions laboratory in Stuttgart. Subsequent management roles have included the imat-uve branches in Stuttgart and Heimsheim (since 2012) and laboratory director of the Stuttgart branch and deputy laboratory director of branches in Heimsheim and China (from 2015). Since 2016, Michael also has global technical responsibility for the emission testing and engineering services of the imat-uve group as Senior Manager VIAQ VOC Odor.

Yan Li, ME, Applications Team Leader and Automotive Specialist, Syft Technologies

Yan Li holds BSc (biochemistry) and ME (chemical and process engineering) degrees from the University of Canterbury. After completing her studies, Yan worked in various roles in the medical and chemical process engineering fields. Yan joined Syft Technologies in early 2014 as an application specialist, providing technical support for the development of new SIFT-MS applications with a focus on the vehicle emission and process control industries.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International


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