Vernier’s Gas Chromatograph Provides Affordable Chemical Analysis for Science Educators

Beaverton, OR – December 14, 2009 – Analyzing compounds in general chemistry and organic chemistry is now easier with Vernier Software & Technology’s new Mini Gas Chromatograph—the Mini GC. Students from high school through college can learn to separate and identify compounds using technology that is now thousands of dollars less than traditional gas chromatographs.

 In addition to unprecedented value, the Mini GC provides educators with another one-of-a-kind feature—size. At half the size of a shoe box, Vernier’s Mini GC takes up a small footprint on the lab bench and is light enough to be easily moved from lab to lab.

Using technology patented by Seacoast Science, the Mini GC is specifically designed to separate a mixture, and identify the components of an unknown compound. It allows students to detect Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Carboxylic Acids, Chlorinated Hydrocarbons, Esters, and Nitriles.

This sensor uses an advanced MEMS “chemi-capacitive” GC chip developed by Seacoast Science. The MEMS chip allows students to use room air as a carrier gases. (Helium and Nitrogen can also be used.) This unique feature allows the GC to be both portable and affordable.

 “The Mini GC really represents breakthrough technology for science education,” said Dan Holmquist, Senior Partner at Vernier and a former chemistry instructor.

“In the past, chemistry instructors have only had the option of gas chromatographs that cost many thousands of dollars—often over $10,000. This new technology gives college chemistry instructors the ability to outfit a lab more cost effectively. At the same time, high school science lab teachers who may have considered gas chromatography beyond their reach can now provide state-of-the-art technology for advanced chemistry classes.”

The Mini GC connects by USB to a Windows or Macintosh computer using Vernier’s Logger Pro 3 software for analysis and peak integration. It can also be used with the Vernier LabQuest for a handheld solution. Logger Pro and LabQuest software allow students to set flow rate and temperature of the column (including temperature ramping), collect data, perform peak integration, and determine retention time.

Logger Pro 3 software and LabQuest are sold separately. Built into the Mini GC is a high-quality Restick column. Included with the gas chromatograph are two spare septa, one high-quality Hamilton syringe, power supply, USB cable, carrying case and a GC lab manual with five well-tested chromatography experiments.

Availability and Pricing
The Vernier Mini Gas Chromatograph is currently available for $1,749.00. For more information and detailed specifications, visit

About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 28 years and its products are used in more than 130 countries.  Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, software, and 75 sensors for data collection, and their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. For more information visit

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