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Mass Spectrometer mobile devices through Ceramic Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Keywords: Additive manufacturing , Cylindrical Ion Trap, Miniaturized mass spectrometer system
The demand for real time information and data is driving the IoT, new sensor development, and applications. A miniaturized mass spectrometer mobile device promises pervasive and accelerated chemical analysis for sample determination and process monitoring in a small low power instrument package. However, realization has been hindered by mass spectrometer system complexity, miniaturization methods, and numerous specialized technological issues. A mass spectrometer incorporates a broad range of diverse components to operate, thus increasing the challenge of miniaturization. This work focuses on the potential for ceramic additive manufacturing and package integration technologies to enable miniaturized cylindrical ion trap mass spectrometers for in situ chemical analysis. Additive manufacturing materials and methods offer a common and versatile material substrate for the development and integration of individual miniaturized mass spectrometer components to the instrument system level. Current chip based component design developments focus on performance, materials, miniaturization, power consumption, and connectivity. At the system level application; instrument power, component integration, heat removal, control, and data communication are significant challenges. Finally, existing mobile device platforms present many integration, power budget, and operational obstacles, as well as opportunities. Additive materials and manufacturing methods offer a flexible solution environment well suited for miniaturized mass spectrometer instrument development. Current miniaturized ceramic additive manufactured mass spectrometer components under development will be presented, as well as instrument system designs.
Patrick A Roman, Researcher
Florida International University
Miami, Florida
United States

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