Abstract: Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) has evolved in the last decade as a fast and high sensitivity sensor for the real-time monitoring of volatile compounds. Its applications range from environmental sciences to medical sciences, from food technology to bioprocess monitoring. Italian scientists and institutions participated from the very beginning in fundamental and applied research aiming at exploiting the potentialities of this technique and providing relevant methodological advances and new fundamental indications. In this review we describe this activity on the basis of the available literature. The Italian scientific community has been active mostly in food science and technology, plant physiology and environmental studies and also pioneered the applications of the recently released PTR-ToF-MS (Proton Transfer Reaction-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometry) in food science and in plant physiology. In the very last years new results related to bioprocess monitoring and health science have been published as well. PTR-MS data analysis, particularly in the case of the ToF based version, and the application of advanced chemometrics and data mining are also aspects characterising the activity of the Italian community.
Keywords: PTR-MS; Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometry; PTR-ToF-MS; time of flight; Italy
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Cappellin, L.; Loreto, F.; Aprea, E.; Romano, A.; del Pulgar, J.S.; Gasperi, F.; Biasioli, F. PTR-MS in Italy: A Multipurpose Sensor with Applications in Environmental, Agri-Food and Health Science. Sensors 2013, 13, 11923-11955.
Cappellin L, Loreto F, Aprea E, Romano A, del Pulgar JS, Gasperi F, Biasioli F. PTR-MS in Italy: A Multipurpose Sensor with Applications in Environmental, Agri-Food and Health Science. Sensors. 2013; 13(9):11923-11955.
Cappellin, Luca; Loreto, Francesco; Aprea, Eugenio; Romano, Andrea; del Pulgar, José S.; Gasperi, Flavia; Biasioli, Franco. 2013. "PTR-MS in Italy: A Multipurpose Sensor with Applications in Environmental, Agri-Food and Health Science." Sensors 13, no. 9: 11923-11955.