Thermo Fisher Scientific debuts world’s first net zero mass spectrometer

In addition to improved specifications, the carbon footprint of the system – which is the first product to be released as part of the biotechnology firm’s IsoFootprint campaign – will be neutralised

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Biotechnology product development company Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced the launch of the world’s first net zero mass spectrometer (MS).

The Thermo Scientific Delta Q Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (IRMS) is a next-generation gas IRMS designed to enable detailed analysis with greater precision and accuracy.

In addition to improved specifications, the carbon footprint of the system – which is the first product to be released as part of the IsoFootprint campaign – will be neutralised.

A mass spectrometer is an analytical tool useful for measuring the mass-to-charge ratio of one or more molecules present in a sample.

The Inorganic MS (IOMS) team at Thermo Fisher has committed to removing all embodied carbon in its new instrumentation, using technologies like direct air capture and bio-oil sequestration that lock away carbon from the atmosphere permanently.

Chris Cascella, General Manager, inorganic mass spectrometry, chromatography and mass spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific said: “The Delta Q IRMS and our IsoFootprint initiative is a major step forward in our commitment to supporting sustainable science.

“With the world in climate crisis, we want to be sure we play our part in limiting the damaging environmental impacts of climate change. By 2026, our IOMS instruments will become carbon neutral, removing 4500 tCO₂e from the atmosphere each year. This is a bold but necessary step – world-class science should not be at a cost to the Earth.”