Vernier Mini Gas Chromatograph
Recommended for College and High School. Data-collection software sold separately.
There is a newer model of this sensor
The Mini GC Plus replaced the original Mini GC and can detect more compounds than the original Mini GC.
Mini GC Plus Gas Chromatograph »
The Mini Gas Chromatograph (Mini GC) is a portable instrument for separating, analyzing, and identifying substances contained in a volatile liquid or gaseous sample.
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
- Aromatic hydrocarbons
- Carboxylic acids
See graphs for various compounds and mixtures »
Sample Graphs from Mini GC Lab Manual
Families of compounds that can be used in the Vernier Mini GC
|Compound Family||Typical Compounds||Acceptable Boiling Points|
|Alcohols||C1 – C8||65 – 195°C|
|Aldehydes||C2 – C8||20 – 170°C|
|Aromatic hydrocarbons||C6 – C10||80 – 165°C|
|Carboxylic Acids||C1 – C4||100 – 165°C|
|Esters||C2 – C10||30 – 120°C|
|Ethers||C4 – C8||35 – 145°C|
|Ketones||C3 – C8||55 – 175°C|
|Nitriles||C2 – C5||80 – 140°C|
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).
Use room air as the carrier gas.
High-quality Restek MXT-1 Stainless (11 meter) capillary column.
Software-controlled pressure regulation from 1–21 kPa above ambient.
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
- 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
- Injection volume: 0.01 to 1.0 µL
Two-year warranty. Syringe, column, and MEMS GC chip are excluded.
Download the user manual for full specifications
- 1.3 kg
- 10.8 cm x 13.3 cm x 19.1 cm
- Vernier Mini GC
- One needle/syringe
- Two spare septa
- Power supply
- USB cable
- 50+ page lab manual
- User manual
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 »
The Mini GC has been replaced by the Mini GC Plus.
Educational use only: Vernier products are designed for educational use. They are not appropriate for industrial, medical, or commercial applications. Product usage disclaimer »