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CP429  Evaluation of Ion Mobility Spectroscopy Instrumentation
Project Appreciation and Objectives

Ion Mobility spectroscopy (IMS) is an analytical measurement technique widely employed for military and security purposes to detect drugs, explosives and chemical weapons. This technique offers great potential for on-line quality monitoring of both waters and wastewaters.

Recent evaluation work, undertaken by WRc for UKWIR, using IMS for the specific detection of metaldehyde has further highlighted the potential of this technique as a rapid, multi-parameter monitoring system for wider contamination monitoring beyond pesticides. There is a need to build on the very specific UKWIR work to establish the analytical performance of this technology for other contaminants. In addition, practical considerations regarding the installation, operation and associated costs need to be established.

This project will assess the suitability of the IMS measurement technology to water industry applications, through the laboratory testing of a single instrument, considered most applicable to the water industry. This study will provide companies with the information required to make an informed decision on the use of this technology.

Benefits to Clients

  • More effective instrumentation for intake protection and process monitoring at water and wastewater works.
  • Investment decisions based on independent assessment of the capability of IMS technology, backed up by detailed information on costs, risks and practical considerations in implementing this new technology approach.

Work Programme

  1. Perform a technology review incorporating discussions with suppliers and produce a technology briefing note.
  2. Hold a liaison group meeting to agree the applications and contaminants for evaluation.
  3. Carry out performance testing within the laboratory using a representative range of waters and assess instrument sensitivity, accuracy, repeatability and the effect of the sample matrix on the measurement.
  4. Assess the practical issues associated with the use of this technology for water industry applications, to include costs and risks.
  5. Produce final report and host a final dissemination meeting.

Project Output

A final report detailing the work undertaken to enable informed decision making, including:

  • A technology review.
  • Performance testing results and conclusions.
  • A suitability assessment including costs and risks.

Related WRc Work

  • DW14 - Treatment for new and emerging pesticides, UKWIR, 2010 ongoing.
  • An integrated approach to contamination risk, CP358. 2009.
  • Oil in Water Instrumentation for intake protection, CP304, 2006 & further work 2009.
  • WR26 - Risk Studies and intake protection, 2008
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