Fuels Refining

Gas chromatography is one of the most prevalent techniques used in the evaluation of hydrocarbon assets during exploration, production and distribution through characterization of the linear and branched alkanes, cycloalkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons, and asphaltenes. The measurement of bulk composition of hydrocarbon groups and individual compounds in gasoline is important for quality control as well as ensuring compliance with various governmental regulations.  ASTM Method D8071 for gasoline analysis by GC-VUV significantly reduces GC complexity and run times compared to legacy ASTM methods for fuel analysis.  The GC-VUV method results in a per-measurement information set that would typically require implementation of multiple ASTM methods (e.g. D5769, D5580, D1319, D6550, D3606, D4815, D5599, D5845) while being inherently more robust and production-worthy than the alternatives.

VUV PIONA+ and ASTM D8071 provide complete and fully automated PIONA analysis

  • Reports PIONA compound class mass % AND speciation of oxygenates and BTEX
  • More complete and efficient than individual ASTM referee methods
  • Lower maintenance, less consumables and 2X faster than the Reformulyzer™
  • Significantly faster, less labor intensive and error prone than DHA

GC-VUV can be propagated beyond the R&D setting into Production

  • Applicable to finished gasolines and gasoline range feeds such as FCC, reformates, light and heavy naphthas, etc.
  • Easy to understand analysis using VUV Analyze Software™
Verified Hydrocarbon Analysis


Learn more about the VUV PIONA+ product solution for fuel analysis by GC-VUV.  It is suitable for use with finished gasoline, reformate, reformer feed, FCC, light naphtha, and heavy naphtha samples.  VUV PIONA+ utilizes a software engine called VUV Analyze that provides automated compositional analysis. Bulk concentrations of the hydrocarbon classes of paraffins, isoparaffins, olefins, naphthenes, and aromatics (PIONA) are analyzed using the VUV Analyze automated data analysis software package.


Determining Olefin & Conjugated Diolefin Content in Gasoline is Fast, Accurate and Repeatable with GC-VUV & ASTM D8071.

Key features of the of ASTM D8071:

  • Single injection
  • Single 30m Rxi-1ms column
  • ~30 minute run time
  • No traps, pre-column tuning, or calibration requirements
  • No special setup


This Gulf Coast Conference presentation from Dan Wispinski, previously of InnoTech Alberta, describes a comparison of GC-VUV (ASTM Method D8071) with detailed hydrocarbon analysis (DHA) and Reformulyzer for the analysis of Paraffin, iso-Paraffin, Olefin, Naphthene, and Aromatic (PIONA) group types and individual compounds in gasoline samples.  Mr. Wispinski concludes that the performance of the Reformulyzer was not as good as GC-VUV in this investigation, especially for olefins.

VUV vs. DHA vs. Reformulyzer
  • “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