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AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER CHEMICAL SPACE SURVEYOR

The entire ocean chemical space becomes available for characterization and understanding.


AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER CHEMICAL SPACE SURVEYOR The entire ocean chemical space becomes available for characterization and understanding. A system capable of real time and extensive detection of the aquatic chemical space- an area currently limited in information. The importance of understanding the chemical space in ocean ecosystems has rapidly increased due to recent spill events in the environment and increased natural resource exploration and production activities.


Our system is a high throughput underwater mass spec based on membrane inlet mass spectrometry in conjunction with an Autonomous Sampler system to yield a linked adaptive sensing and sampling system.

The in situ mass spec allows for real time measurement of membrane compatible chemistries such as VOC’s and hydrocarbons, while the sampler purifies, enriches and accurately isolates other targeted molecular compounds in the field for subsequent lab-based mass spec analysis. Cooperative operations of these two systems leverages the insitu mass spec for faster characterization in the field while the sampler function permits greater chemical space information by using lab mass specs.


Many environmental analyses do not need real time reporting but only need real time sample capture. Other chemicals in the water such as oil spill hydrocarbons and dispersants are of more interest for real time detection. Our system joins our underwater membrane inlet MS as a front end to our adaptive automation sampling platform. Spyglass sensors and software compress the time required for delivering water quality results from days or weeks to hours. For less accessible aquatic environments, such as those employed in oil and gas operations, Spyglass offerings can reduce operational costs by nearly five times.

Autonomous Underwater Chemical Space Surveyor  

Autonomous Underwater Chemical Space Surveyor renders the entire ocean chemical space available for characterization and understanding.

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