Flavors & Fragrances
Gas chromatography is commonly used in the analysis of a broad range of volatile compounds across a variety of functional groups to ensure product quality, provide competitive analysis, determine regulatory and environmental compliance, assess product adulteration, screen for possible toxic contaminants, and identify and quantify target allergens.
Known advantages of VUV Spectroscopy
- VUV AnalyzeTM provides a new tool for automating flavor and fragrance analysis
- Rich 3D data set: absorption vs. wavelength vs. retention time
- Spectroscopic deconvolution simplifies chromatographic separation challenges
- Enables chromatographic compression for higher analytical productivity
- Flavors & Fragrance isomers have distinct spectra and can be unambiguously differentiated
- Easy to understand analysis by Beer-Lambert Law (same principle used in UV-Vis spectroscopy)
SEE THE LATEST ABOUT FLAVOR & FRAGRANCE ANALYSIS BY GC-VUV
Learn more about how GC-VUV can provide rapid screening for product adulteration, toxic contaminants, and allergens. See how VUV spectroscopy delivers more accurate analyte identification and quantitation.
Solving Analytical Challenges in Flavors & Fragrances
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
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
- Complements mass spectrometry by fully characterizing isomers and compounds with low mass quant ions
Perfume Compound Detection via Tandem Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Mass SpectrometryAdam R. Floyd, et al., Baylor University
Adam R. Floyd, et al., Baylor University
ASMS 2017 poster demonstrates how GC/MS combined w/ GC-VUV solves common perfume analysis gas chromatography problems such as isomer identification and co-eluting peaks, resulting in accurate qualitative analysis.
The Other Side of Cannabis: TerpenesCannabis Industry Journal
Cannabis Industry Journal
This article describes the capabilities of GC-VUV in cannabis terpene analysis including clear isomer differentiation and the deconvolution of co-eluting peaks. GC-VUV complements mass spectrometry by fully characterizing isomers and isobars.
Better Living Through (Flavor) Chemistry, Part 5: Rollin’ with My EntourageAlex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Alex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
In his latest blog, Alex describes the importance of terpenes to cannabis and how GC-VUV simplifies cannabis terpene analysis. Fast GC run times of 12 minutes result from the method described.
The VGA-101 is a next generation universal detector for GC with extended wavelength and higher allowable operating temperatures. It is intended to simplify complex applications with advanced capabilities including complete isomer identification, shorter GC run times, and resolution of co-eluting peaks.
“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