Environmental Science

Gas chromatography is used to test for persistent organic contaminants in water, soils, sediments, and air (including the well-known greenhouse gases). These may include volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, and halogenated compounds. Additional common uses are to study the decomposition of hydrocarbon materials originating from oil under natural conditions and the evaluation of the bioremediation efforts of polluted environments.

Known advantages of VUV Spectroscopy

  • Unambiguous identification and quantitation of analytes in complex matrices, including structural isomers
  • Rapid, single detector analysis of TO-15 air quality standard samples
  • 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)

SEE THE LATEST ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS BY GC-VUV

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 Environmental Science

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

Featured Spectra

Shining a new light in gas chromatography and streaming gas applications.

Everything absorbs strongly in the VUV spectrum. Compounds can be unambiguously identified and quantitated in a variety of applications including oil & gas, forensics, fragrances & flavors, petrochemical, environmental, and life science. VUV detectors provide unmatched selectivity of isomers and co-eluting analytes without the need for chromatographic baseline resolution.  Unlike legacy detection methods, VUV spectroscopy allows for more automated analysis with lower risk of errors, shorter chromatography run times, and higher analytical throughput.

  • Universal, yet selective detector with very sensitive spectral response
  • Easy deconvolution and quantitation of co‑eluting analytes
  • Robust technology with no reliance on vacuum pumps
  • No calibration required – 1st principle detection technique provides a predictable linear response
  • A non-destructive technique that compliments mass spectrometry
Publication
A review of methods for the chemical characterization of cannabis natural products
Leghissa, Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Kevin A. Schug - Journal of Separation Science
  • “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