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VUV detector to be used in gas chromatography research

The VGA-100 gas chromatography detector. Picture: VUV Analytics

VUV Analytics will provide its VGA-100 Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) detector to help a researcher determine organic contaminants in fish as they transfer through the food chain.

The VGA-100 gas chromatography detector brings the VUV range of the electromagnetic spectrum to the bench-top. It acquires full spectroscopic absorption data from ~120nm to 240nm.

Dr Nicholas Snow, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall University, was the recipient of the 2016 summer academic grant and will use the equipment to do research on gas chromatography.

“Vacuum UV detection has the potential to solve several critical problems that still exist in detection for GC and with GC-MS," he said.

He has been developing new chemical analysis techniques employing gas chromatography and related technologies for more than 25 years. 

His lab has tackled problems across chemical analysis, especially in pharmaceuticals, forensics, foods, flavors and the environment.  

Sean Jameson, VP of business development at VUV Analytics, said the work will result in new insights into how organic contaminants are processed and spread through the food chain.

"We received a number of high quality proposals, and Dr Snow's research plan overlaps well with the analytical capabilities of the VGA-100 detector. We feel that the data generated from this effort will have broad impacts and lasting implications in a number of industries."

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