Paul Haubenwallner

HazarDust - Real-time detection of Hazardous Dust particles to identify security-relevant content from shipments and baggage

The fast and reliable detection of hazardous dusts such as drugs or explosives in real time is still difficult, but increasingly desirable because of the illegal trade of these substances. A method that is capable to detect very small amounts of airborne dusts is Single-Particle Mass Spectrometry (SPMS). Due to recent developments, the detection covers not only inorganic particle components but also small organic molecules with a high degree of accuracy.
Limitations caused by the ionization method arise for the quantification of the results, which, however, should be compensated by accompanying technologies. Since a large amount of data is generated during the measurements, a development of real-time data analysis is inevitable in addition to the optimization of the experimental setup.

University of Rostock
Institute of Chemistry
Division of Analytical and Technical Chemistry
Department Life Light & Matter
Paul Haubenwallner
Albert-Einstein-Straße 25
18059 Rostock (Germany)

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 - 8953