Pharmaceutical and food products are susceptible to contamination from packaging, whether from polymeric materials, printing inks, or paperboard. Traditional analytical techniques applied to trace volatiles analysis typically require significant sample preparation and have low throughput. The resulting high cost of analysis means that only limited sample screening is conducted. This is especially problematic in the drive toward sustainable packaging because both paper-based and recycled polymer packaging systems have a higher risk of introducing volatile contaminants that are harmful and/or cause taints.
Adoption of SIFT-MS, a high-sensitivity direct-injection mass spectrometry technique, enables risks associated with sustainable packaging alternatives to be mitigated through economical, high-throughput automated analysis (typically a 4- to 15-fold increase over GC-MS). After introducing the SIFT-MS technique, detailed case studies will describe its applications in polymeric and paperboard emissions analysis. These include:
- Simplified analysis of benzene and volatile MOSH and MOAH in packaging
- Derivatization-free analysis of formaldehyde from polyoxymethylene polymer
- Untargeted screening of polypropylene recyclate
- Instrument-based sensory screening of paper-based packaging materials.
Key Learning Objectives:
- The fundamental features of SIFT-MS (selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry) compared to conventional GC-MS, including its ability to analyze samples selectively and comprehensively in a simple and rapid procedure.
- Combining SIFT-MS with automation provides very high throughput screening of VOCs in packaging materials.
- Understand how SIFT-MS can enhance and improve new product development, complement sensory panels, and provide fast QA/QC screening, saving time and money and reducing product losses.
Who Should Attend:
- Polymer R&D engineers and scientists
- Polymer processors and raw materials suppliers
- Recyclers of packaging and polymers
- Pharma E&L scientists
- Food processors
- Sensory scientists and technologists
- QA/QC managers and scientists