About Sercon

Sercon are dedicated to the design, manufacture and support of Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers and their associated sample preparation systems. We manufacture 3 different types of mass spectrometer: the ABCA2 is an IRMS breath analyser, the main application of which is the measurement of carbon isotope ratios in breath samples to detect gastrointestinal diseases; the Integra2 is the world’s only combined EA-IRMS, this cost effective robust analyser is easy to use, semi-portable and is a true workhouse for C and N; the 20-22 is the flexible IRMS needed by most isotope research scientists – available in dual inlet or continuous flow mode, the 20-22 can be connected to an EA, HPLC or GC system. We manufacture EAs – the GSL can be used for CN or S analysis on solids liquids and gases, the CNS allows, as the name implies, simultaneous CNS measurements on similar samples, and the HT-EA is used for high temperature (pyrolysis) measurements of the isotopes of O and H. Our autosamplers can be used for gas, solid and liquid sampling, and headspace equilibration measurements. On the compound specific side we work closely with Agilent to provide GC-IRMS systems which come with the Sercon Orchid interface, which can be configured for the analysis of the isotopes of C, N, H or O. We also manufacture a LC-I interface which can be hyphenated to any commercially available HPLC, and a Cryoprep which is mainly used for the analysis of trace gases and can also be hyphenated to a TOC.

Many applications are covered with this range of instruments. From the medical research applications of the ABCA2, to the traditional EA applications of the Integra2 such as honey adulteration, soil science and environmental monitoring, to the huge range of isotopic questions that the 20-22 can answer, we have an analyser to meet your research needs.

Backed by a wealth of experience in isotope ratio instrumentation, we also provide a full range of services specific to isotope ratio scientists and their applications. We are committed to the continuous development of our instrumentation and support services to ensure that ground breaking research needs are met. Sercon HQ is in the north west of England, the spiritual home of isotope ratio mass spectrometry, and we are proud to carry on the tradition of working closely with researchers to develop novel solutions to research questions.

More information on our research and diagnostic systems can be found using the menu at the top of this page. Applications notes and brochures can be downloaded, and our range of consumables and isotopic standards can be found in our catalogue. If you can’t find the information you need, please use the form below to contact us, and someone will be in touch.

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