Vernier Mini GC Plus Gas Chromatograph

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

Description

New features of the Mini GC Plus

The Mini GC Plus can detect more compounds than the original Mini GC. The new features that make this possible include:

  • The maximum temperature of the column is 160°C, offering more flexibility in designing temperature profiles.
  • The MEMS chip sensor can be set at either of two levels of sensitivity.
    • Standard sensitivity mode works well for polar compounds such as: ketones, alcohols, and esters.
    • High sensitivity mode works well for compounds such as halogenated alkanes and substituted aromatics, as well as mixtures with one or more compound of low concentration.

Use room air as the carrier gas

Developed by Seacoast Science, the Mini GC Plus uses an efficient, software-controlled internal pump system. This design allows our Mini GC Plus 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.

Classes of compounds that can be used in Vernier Mini GC Plus

Families of compounds that can be used in the Vernier Mini GC
Compound Type Typical Compounds Range of Acceptable Boiling Points
Alcohols C1 – C6 50 – 175°C
Aldehydes C1 – C8 50 – 175°C
Amides C3 – C4 150 – 250°C
Aromatic hydrocarbons C6 – C12 100 – 150°C
Carboxylic Acids C1 – C4 100 – 150°C
Esters C2 – C10 30 – 200°C
Ethers C2 – C8 30 – 110°C
Heterocycles C5 – C8 100 – 150°C
Halogenated hydrocarbons C1 – C8 30 – 120°C
Ketones C3 – C8 50 – 175°C
Nitriles C2 – C5 50 – 120°C
Nitroalkane/aromatic C1 – C6 100 – 210°C
Phosphonates C3 – C9 180 – 210°C
Sulfides C4 – C8 90 – 150°C

See graphs for various compounds and mixtures »

Videos

Sample Graphs from Mini GC Lab Manual

Product Specifications

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 (patents pending).

The MEMS chip sensor can be set at either of two levels of sensitivity.

  • Standard sensitivity mode works well for polar compounds such as: ketones, alcohols, and esters.
  • High sensitivity mode works well for compounds such as halogenated alkanes and substituted aromatics, as well as mixtures with one or more compound of low concentration.

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 30–160°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

Experiments and Lab Ideas

Gas Chromatography Inquiry Experiments from Included Lab Manual

The Vernier Mini GC Plus includes a lab manual, Gas Chromatography Investigations with the Mini GC, 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 Plus unit
  • AC power adapter
  • Hamilton Syringe (1.0 µL volume)
  • Two extra septa (a third septum is already installed)
  • USB cable
  • Lab manual: Gas Chromatography Investigations with the Mini GC
  • Carrying case
  • User manual

Sensor Requirements

You will also need software for Mini GC Plus setup, data collection, and analysis. You can use Logger Pro, LabQuest, or LabQuest 2.

Ordering Information

All prices are for U.S. educators.

    NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
    Vernier Mini GC PlusGC2-MINI$1,989
    Optional Accessories
    GC 1μL Hamilton SyringeGC-SYR-MIC$84

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

    Order Code GC2-MINI
    U.S. Educator Price $1,989

    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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