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)
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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
Better Living Through (Flavor) Chemistry Part 1 – We Don’t Need No Separation, We Don’t Need No Flow ControlAlex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Better Living Through (Flavor) Chemistry Part 1 – We Don’t Need No Separation, We Don’t Need No Flow Control
Alex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Alex describes how GC-VUV is able to differentiate terpene isomers, and why it's possible to speed up GC run times and increase sample throughput.
Better Living Through (Flavor) Chemistry Part 3 – Terpenes in Essential OilsAlex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Alex Hodgson, VUV Analytics
Alex Hodgson describes the analysis of terpenes in essential oils using headspace-GC-VUV. GC-VUV accurately identifies terpene isomers and is a useful tool for flavor compound authentication.
Alex Hodgson's official publication with the Journal of AOAC International on analyzing terpenes in Flavors & Fragrances using GC-VUV spectroscopy.
LCGC webinar discusses the unique capabilities of GC-VUV for terpene analysis including fast GC run times, clear isomer identification, and spectral 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