Detection of vapours and nanoparticles

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The Security area of CARTIF develop technologies based on the differential analysis of mobility for the detection of chemistry compounds and ultrafine particles in gas phase. This technology has been applied in the Security and Defence area (explosies detection, weapons, drugs, etc.) Environmental Security (ultrafine particles issued by vehicles, dioxines, pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), Health (detection of viral particles and early diagnosis of diseases through breath analysis), Food (organoleptic characterisation of food such as olive oil) and Mining (prospecting for mineral deposits through volatile analysis).


  • Development of tailor-made analytical instrumentation based on the combination of:
    • Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS).
    • Triple quadrupole mass spectometry (MS/MS) and fligh time (TOF).
    • Multi-capillary gas chromatography.
    • Electrospray secondary ionisation (ESI) and photoionisation at atmospheric pressure.
  • Development of field sampling campaigns in multiple settings (international airports, military camps, hospitals, vehicles).

Activity Fields

  • Security and Defence
  • Environmental Science (aerosols)
  • Health
  • Mining

Networks and Platforms

  • PESI.
  • CERIS – Security Research Community of Users


  1. Perez-Lorenzo,L.; O´Mahony,R.; Amo-Gonzalez,M.; Fernandez De La Mora,J. Instant Acquisition of High Resolution Mobility Spectra in a Differential Mobility Analyzer with 100 Independent Ion Collectors: Instrument calibration. Aerosol Sci Tech. 2020, 54:10,1144-1156.
  2. Piñero,M; Amo-Gonzalez,M; Delgado Ballesteros,M; Ruóz Pérez,L; Fernandez De La Mora, G; Arce,L. Chemical Fingerprinting of Olive Oils by Electrospray Ionization-Differential MObility Analysis-Mass Spectometry: A New Alternative to Food Authenticity Testing.J.AM.Soc.Mass Spectrom. 2020,31,3,527-537.
  3. McCulloch R. and Amo-González M. Rapid Detection of Explosive Vapors by Thermal Desorption-Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization-Differential Mobility Analysis- Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2019,33 (18),1455-1463.
  4. Amo-Gonzalez,M; Perez,S; Delgaod,R; Arranz,G; Carnicero,I. Tandem Ion Mobility Spectrometry for the Detection of Traces of Explosives in Cargo at Concentrations os Parts per Quadrillion. Anal.Chem. 2019,91 (21), 14009-14018.
  5. Amo-González,M; Pérez,S. Planar Differential Mobility Analyzer with a Resolving Power of 110. Anal.Chem. 2018 90 (11),6735-6741.
  6. Amo-Gomzáñez,M; Carnicerto, I; Pérez,S; Delgado,R; Eiceman, G.A; Fernández de la Mora, G; Fernández de la Mora, J. Ion Mobility Spectrometer-Fragmenter-Ion Mobility Spectrometer Analogue of a Triple Quadrupole for High-Resolution Ion Analysis at Atmospheric Pressure. Anal.Chem.2018 90 (11),  6885-6892.
  7. Zamora,D; Amo-González,M; Lanza,M; Fernández de la Mora, G; Fernández de la Mora,J. Reaching a Vapor Sensitivity of 0.01 Parts Per Quadrillion in the Screening of Large Volume Freight. Anal.Chem.2018,90 (4),2468-2474.
  8. McCulloch,R; Alvaro,A; Astudillo,A.M; del Castillo, J.C; Gómez,M; Martín,J.M,Amo-González,M. A novel atmospheric pressure photoionization-Mass spectrometry (APPI-MS) method for the detection of polychlorinated dibenzo P-dioxins and dibenzofuran homologues in real environment samples collected within the vicinity of industrial incinerators.Int.J.Mass Spectrom.2017,421,135-143.
  9. Amo-González,M. and Fernández de la Mora,J; Mobility Peak Tailing Reduction in a Differential Mobility Analyzer (DMA) Coupled with a Mass Spectrometer and Several Ionization Sources.J.Am.Soc.Mass Spectrom. 2017,28,1506-1517.
  10. Fernández de la Mora, J, Perez Lorenzo,L.J; Arran, G; Amo-Gonzales,M; Burtscher,H. Fast high-resolution nanoDMA measurement with a 25 ms response time electrometer.Aerosol Sci.Technol.2017, 51 (6), 724-734,


Fernando Gayubo Rojo

Fernando Gayubo Rojo

Head of Industrial and Digital Systems Division

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