Photonion GmbH was founded in 2009 as a spin-off from Helmholtz Zentrum München. The goal of Photonion is to develop new analytical devices based on mass spectrometric methods in order to be able to directly analyze complex organic gases, liquids or solid materials. Potential applications include process control at a coffee roasting plant or in plastics production, the analysis of cigarette smoke or crude oil, and the detection and determination of fine dust contamination.

Photonion is partner in various joint research projects collaborating with the chair of analytical chemistry at the University of Rostock as well as the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich. Most employees of Photonion are active guest scientist at the University of Rostock or the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich including several tasks in research and teaching as well as supervising bachelor, master and PhD students.