[Singer2011] "Applications of PTR-MS in medicine and biotechnology",
, vol. 43, no. 7: AMER LABORATORY-LABCOMPARE 30 CONTROLS DRIVE, SHELTON, CT 06484 USA, pp. 34–37, 2011.
Proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) is a well-established analytical tool for the measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and offers real-time detection and quantification of VOCs at trace concentrations. This paper focuses on the measurement of VOCs in biological systems. Both microorganisms and cells, e.g., in the human body, constantly produce a large variety of volatile organic metabolites. Analyzing VOCs in exhaled human breath reveals information about the status of the body. In a similar manner, monitoring the off-gas of fermentations in the biopharmaceutical industry allows microbial activity to be gauged. Undesired compounds (those that are harmful to the human body or impurities in biotechnical processes) can also be tracked in real time using the technique.