Short Course on Ion Mobility Spectrometry

The short course for the 2017 ISIMS will be held on the Saturday and Sunday before the start of the conference. Advanced registration is required and a brief outline is detailed below. If futher information is required, please contact Dr. Brian Clowers at brian.clowers(a)

The short course is suitable for people at different levels of IMS experience and all efforts will be made to accommodate the interests of the attendees.


Dates and Location

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday July 23, 2017, Hotel Mazurkas. Ozarow, Mazowiecki (Warsaw), Poland, Nikolaos Rej Hall (sala im. M. Reja).



  • History of Ion Mobility Spectrometry
  • Operating Principles of Ion Mobility Spectrometry
  • Applications of Ion Mobility Spectrometry
  • Practical exercises through hands-on demonstrations with stand-alone instrumentation (Bruker, Excellims, Implant Sciences and Morpho Detection, in alphabetical order)
    • Breath Analysis as special topic
  • Master class: Physics based modeling and simulation to aid design and understand ion motion.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the principles and operation of linear gradient ion mobility, differential mobility spectrometry, aspirator and dynamic field instruments
  • Describe and specify the instrument attributes associated with hyphenated mobility systems
  • Through practical exercises, analyze and interpret ion mobility spectra; and evaluate the effect of changes in the operational parameters of an ion mobility spectrometry experiment

Time Saturday Topic
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Registration and Welcome
8:15 History of Ion Mobility Spectrometry
9:00 Overview on Operating Principles of Ion Mobility Spectrometry
9:45 Operating Principles: Ionization Sources
10:30 Break
11:00 Operating Principles: Ion Chemistry
11:45 Fundamental Considerations: Collisional Theory
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Operating Principle: Approaches to Measuring Mobility
14:15 Hybrid Instrumentation
15:00 Break
15:30 Applications of Ion Mobility Spectrometry: Security Applications
17:00 Question and Answer Session
17:30 Adjourn


Time SundayTopic
7:00 Breakfast
7:30 Discussion on Saturday topics
7:45 Applications of Ion Mobility Spectrometry: Biomolecular Challenges
8:30 Applications of Ion Mobility Spectrometry: 'Omics
9:15 IMS Modelling: Introduction and Overview
10:30 Break
11:00 IMS Modelling: Applications
11:45 IMS Modelling: Exercises
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Hands-on Demonstration: Equipment Introduction
14:15 Hands-on Demonstration: Group A
15:00 Break
15:30 Hands-on Demonstration: Group B
16:15 Hands-on Demonstratino: Group C
17:00 Course Evaluation and Adjourn