Pesticide residues are routinely monitored in food, water, soil and tissue samples for the protection of human health and the environment. Gas chromatography is used to screen for residues from the more than 700 registered pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, acaricides, and fumigants) used for the protection of crops against pests and diseases. Other types of agrochemicals of concern are those in animal-derived foods, like veterinary drugs (antibiotics, growth hormones, or vermicides) and any synthetic chemicals which may act as pseudo hormones and disrupt the normal function of the endocrine system.
Known advantages of VUV Spectroscopy
- Unambiguous identification and quantitation of analytes in complex matrices, including structural isomers
- VUV AnalyzeTM provides a new tool for automated environmental analyte compound class characterization
- Complete PCB VUV library to support targeted analysis
- Easy to understand analysis by Beer-Lambert Law (same principle used in UV-Vis spectroscopy)
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Learn more about how GC-VUV can provide rapid screening of pesticides and environmental contaminants. See how VUV spectroscopy delivers more accurate analyte identification and quantitation.
Solving Analytical Challenges in Agrochemical
Key Features of VUV Spectroscopy
- High degree of data analysis automation reduces human error
- Intuitive spectral fingerprint compound identification and Beer’s Law quantitation eliminates guesswork
- Software deconvolution of co-eluting analytes allows chromatography runtimes to be deliberately compressed
- Proprietary algorithms automate compound class characterization
Publication describes how GC-VUV was used to identify and discriminate different environmental bacteria based on their fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) profiles.
An Interview with Dr. Nicholas Snow About Gas Chromatography and VUV SpectroscopyPaul Johnson, VUV Analytics
Paul Johnson, VUV Analytics
VUV Analytics recently announced Dr. Nicholas Snow as the recipient of their summer 2016 academic grant, which provides Dr. Snow’s laboratory with the use of the VGA-100 Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) detector to do novel research on gas chromatography.
Simplifying a Complex Sample Matrix….with Spectral Filters!Alex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Alex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Alex describes the use of spectral filters to analyze compounds in complex matrices such as BHT and benzothiophene in transformer oils.
Multiclass Pesticide Analysis by GCJournal of Chromatography A
“The VUV detector has proven itself with the ability to distinguish olefins and aromatics from aliphatics – that’s a killer application given the complexity and time involved using any other technique. The VUV detector’s ability to perform a more accurate and much more robust PIONA analysis is an important milestone in its ongoing success.”
Bill Winniford, Fellow
Bill Winniford, Fellow, The Dow Chemical Company, Houston, Texas, USA
“VUV spectroscopy adds a dimension that is complementary to mass spectrometry, offering selectivity that is difficult to otherwise obtain.”
Hans-Gerd Janssen, Professor and Science Leader
Hans-Gerd Janssen, Professor, University of Amsterdam, and Science leader, Unilever Research Vlaardingen, the Netherlands
“One of the main advantages of VUV detection for us appeared to be the ability to gain more specific molecular information…co-elutions that we know exist but cannot be identified with FID can be unraveled.”
Pierre Giusti, Molecular Separation & Identification Service Manager, and Gaelle Jousset, Gas Chromatography Laboratory Manager
Pierre Giusti, Molecular Separation & Identification Service Manager, and Gaelle Jousset, Gas Chromatography Laboratory Manager, Research & Development, TOTAL Refining & Chemicals, Normandy, France
“The VUV detector will be used as a universal, calibration-free tool that provides the relative quantitative values of distinct molecules in mixtures in a rapid manner.”
Luigi Mondello, Chair of ISCC and GCxGC Conference in Riva del Garda, and Professor
Luigi Mondello, Chair of ISCC and GCxGC Conference in Riva del Garda, and Professor, University of Messina, Italy
“One thing that I really like about VUV is that it can be considered a universal detector but with the advantage of being familiar to us. We all used UV spectrometers in school.”
Nicholas Snow, Professor
Nicholas Snow, Professor, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA
“Eliminates ionization inefficiencies that are encountered in mass spectrometry analysis."
Mark R. Emmett, Ph.D.
Mark R. Emmett, Ph.D. Professor, The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, UTMB Cancer Research Center
“An amazingly simple concept extended into a powerful spectral region."
Tim Hossain, Ph.D.
Tim Hossain, Ph.D. Chief Scientist, Cerium Laboratories
“The VUV detector is a powerful new tool in the GC toolbox."
Kevin A. Schug, Ph.D.
Kevin A. Schug, Ph.D. Professor & Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, The University of Texas at Arlington