VUV Spectroscopy: Science in a New Light

VUV Analytics’ vision is to enable new science and better processes by harnessing the unique capabilities of VUV technology.  VUV Analytics manufactures universal vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopic detectors that provide a new dimension of chemical analysis accuracy. VUV light creates unique spectral signatures in the gas phase that result in unambiguous compound identification and quantitative analysis across a wide spectrum of complex applications.  Unlike legacy GC detectors, VUV detection delivers scalable data analysis automation with reduced analytical error and higher analytical throughput.

Introducing Gas Chromatography – Vacuum
Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (GC-VUV)

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What Makes VUV Detection Different?

Virtually everything absorbs in the vacuum ultraviolet spectrum (120 – 240 nm) measured by VUV detectors.  The high energy, short wavelength VUV light induces electronic transitions in most chemical bonds in the gas phase including ground state to excited state σ→ σ* and π→ π*.  VUV spectra are specific to chemical structure and reflect the inherent absorbance cross section of individual compounds.  VUV detectors provide unmatched selectivity of isomers and co-eluting analytes without the need for chromatographic baseline resolution.  VUV detectors are designed for gas chromatography and streaming gas applications.

The Unique Capabilities of Gas Chromatography – Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy


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Superior analyte identification and quantitative analysis accuracy

  • VUV spectral fingerprints are unique and specific to chemical compound structure
  • Closely related isomers can be spectrally differentiated
  • Spectral deconvolution ensures accurate quantitation of co-eluting analytes.

Multiple Co-Elution

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Universal detection that solves common GC separation problems

  • GC runtimes can be significantly reduced through flow rate enhanced chromatographic compression and by resolving co-elution with VUV spectral deconvolution.
  • Complements mass spectrometry by fully characterizing isomers and compounds with low mass quantitation ions
  • Compound class analysis provides new tool for characterizing samples in complex matrices

GC-VUV Gasoline Analysis

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R&D level chemical analysis that is scalable to production for routine analysis

  • The ease of use of an FID detector with the data quality of a mass spectrometer
  • Easy to understand linear relationship between concentration and absorbance (Beer’s Law) eliminates analytical complexity
  • Faster time to actionable results through automated compound class data analysis

Your GC Here:

VUV detectors are compatible with GCs from most major manufacturers including Agilent, Thermo Fisher, Perkin Elmer, Shimadzu, and Scion


Universal detector with unmatched selectivity

  • Unique spectral signatures for most compounds

Accurate qualitative and quantitative analysis

  • Straightforward compound identification and isomer analysis

Shorter GC run times

  • Shorten GC runs by 2-5X or more

Deconvolve co-eluting peaks

  • No burden of baseline resolved peaks

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