Vernier Mini Gas Chromatograph

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The Mini GC Plus replaced the original Mini GC and can detect more compounds than the original Mini GC.

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The Mini Gas Chromatograph (Mini GC) is a portable instrument for separating, analyzing, and identifying substances contained in a volatile liquid or gaseous sample.

Description

Use room air as the carrier gas

Developed by Seacoast Science, the Mini GC uses an efficient, software-controlled internal pump system. This design allows our Mini GC to use room air as the carrier gas.

Use Vernier’s award-winning software for column control, collection, and peak integration

With either Logger Pro or the LabQuest App, peak integration analysis and retention-time determination are built right into the software.

Measure several compounds

  • Alcohols
  • Aldehydes
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Carboxylic acids
  • Ketones
  • Esters
  • Ethers
  • Nitriles

See graphs for various compounds and mixtures »

Videos

Sample Graphs from Mini GC Lab Manual

Product Specifications

Compound Families

Families of compounds that can be used in the Vernier Mini GC
Compound FamilyTypical CompoundsAcceptable Boiling Points
AlcoholsC1 – C865 – 195°C
AldehydesC2 – C820 – 170°C
Aromatic hydrocarbonsC6 – C1080 – 165°C
Carboxylic AcidsC1 – C4100 – 165°C
EstersC2 – C1030 – 120°C
EthersC4 – C835 – 145°C
KetonesC3 – C855 – 175°C
NitrilesC2 – C580 – 140°C

MCCD Detector

The unique Seacoast Science MEMS Chemi-Capacitive Detector is state-of-the-art technology that allows air to be used as a carrier gas (3 existing patents and 1 patent pending).

Carrier Gas

Use room air as the carrier gas.

Column

High-quality Restek MXT-1 Stainless (11 meter) capillary column.

Pressure Regulation

Software-controlled pressure regulation from 1–21 kPa above ambient.

Temperature Regulation

Software-controlled temperature regulation from 30–120°C

Column Temperature Ramp

  • Maximum of 10°C/minute.
  • Short Warm-up time: Fast for most labs, <10 minute max

Injection

  • Comes with one high-quality 1µL glass syringe, 2-7/8 inch stainless needle with non-coring beveled tip and needle guard, 1.5 inch injectable length.
  • Injection is direct from syringe to column
  • 2 septa included with purchase
    (~150 injections/septum)
  • Injection volume: 0.01 to 1.0 µL

Warranty

Two-year warranty. Syringe, column, and MEMS GC chip are excluded.

Size

  • 1.3 kg
  • 10.8 cm x 13.3 cm x 19.1 cm
Download the user manual for full specifications
Gas Chromatograph Mini GC™ Measurements

Gas Chromatography Labs

The Vernier Mini GC includes a lab manual with 5 gas chromatography inquiry experiments. Preview and/or edit the experiments for your curriculum by downloading all 5 labs below or individually.

  1. Using a Gas Chromatograph: Identifying Unknown Compounds
  2. Synthesizing Ethyl Acetate by Fischer Esterification
  3. Investigating Free Energy Relationships Using Gas Chromatography
  4. Fractional Distillation of Esters
  5. Investigating Gas Chromatography

Download all 5 Gas Chromatography Labs

What’s Included

  • Vernier Mini GC
  • One needle/syringe
  • Two spare septa
  • Power supply
  • USB cable
  • 50+ page lab manual
  • User manual

Sensor Requirements

You will also need software for Mini GC setup, data collection, and analysis. You can use Logger Pro for computers or the LabQuest.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of column does the Mini GC use?

    The column is a Restek MXT-1. It is a stainless steel capillary column, 11 meters long. The column is nonpolar.

  • What is the carrier gas used by the Mini GC?

    The Mini GC uses air as the carrier gas.

  • Do you have lab experiments written for the Mini GC?

    Yes. A lab manual, which contains five experiments, is shipped with each Mini GC. The labs are also available as a free download.

  • Will the Mini GC work with a LabQuest?

    Yes. LabQuest App will need to be version 1.4 or newer. Download the latest update »

  • Which version of Logger Pro 3 runs the Mini GC?

    Version 3.8.3. If your school owns any version of Logger Pro 3, the upgrade to version 3.8.3 is free of charge. Download the latest update »

Ordering Information

The Mini GC has been replaced by the Mini GC Plus.

Related Products

Educational use only: Vernier products are designed for educational use. They are not appropriate for industrial, medical, or commercial applications. Product usage disclaimer »

The Mini GC has been replaced by the Mini GC Plus.

Sample Data

LabQuest: Use the peak integration feature
to determine areas and retention times
LabQuest: Use the peak integration feature to determine areas and retention times
Logger <em>Pro</em> displays peak retention times and areas as a graph and as a table
Logger Pro displays peak retention times and areas as a graph and as a table
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