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Matthews,  NC 
United States

Lucidity is dedicated to bringing powerful analytical techniques like GC and LC to many more people in many more organizations than previously had access to them.  By developing small, low cost, easy-to-use systems that can match the performance of the conventional systems, these systems can be used in many more environments, by many more people, and in many more organizations than ever before.

Our first installation is the miniGC, a $15,000, shoebox footprint GC-FID that matches the performance of conventional systems and features incredibly easy to use yet powerful software as well as column cartridges that allow conventional chromatography columns to be interchanged much like video game cartridges in a gaming console.  Oh yeah, and it looks cool too.

The second product we're just introducing is the miniLC, a $25,000 HPLC that's not much bigger than the miniGC, with incredibly easy-to-use yet powerful software, and capable of matching results from much larger, much more expensive HPLCs.  It's capable of operating at up to 10,000psi and uses standard HPLC columns.

Stop by to take a look at these systems and see what other crazy things we're up to.


Changing a column in the miniGC

 Press Releases

  • Nothing makes you feel better than when you get a good review from a customer. It’s what drives you as a company and as product developers. Hopefully you’ve made something good, something that people want, and something that people need.

    When we get a good review from a customer, we celebrate it, because that’s what we’ve worked so hard for. So, it’s with great pride that I share with you a recent comment from one of our users, Microban (, the maker of cleaning and antimicrobial products:

    “The Lucidity mini-GC offers the functionality of a conventional GCMS in a fraction of the space and price.  The instrument setup was a breeze, and the software was easy to navigate and use.  One of the features we like most about the mini-GC are the interchangeable column cartridges; they allow for quick and efficient column changes which saves time and optimizes productivity.  The mini-GC is truly a great product!”

  • Fatty Acid Analysis by GC FID of Common Cooking Oils

    Daniel Iversen, R&D Chemist, Lucidity


    Cooking oils are used in a variety of foodstuffs, and they are used for frying and baking.  Identification of the specific oils used in a process would be useful for health reasons and for cost savings.  This study uses five different oils used for cooking and/or baking to identify the fingerprint of each of these oils.  The study also shows the saturation level of these oils.  The analysis was carried out by taking the oils and converting them into Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAMEs) and running on a Lucidity miniGC.


    The five oils were purchased from various sources at different times. They are:

    • Coconut Oil
    • Vegetable Oil
    • Olive Oil
    • Peanut & Soybean Oil
    • Avocado Oil

    Each oil was prepared for analysis by derivatization by adding 0.5 g of oil to a 150 mL erlenmeyer flask, adding 5.0 mL of refined xylenes and 10 mL of a 15% solution of  boron trifluoride in methanol.  All reagents used in the study were purchased from Reagents Specialty Chemicals and Solutions. 

    The solution was heated to 120 ℃ on a hot plate with stirring for 10 minutes.  After, 10 mL of deionized water was added to the flask and allowed to cool to room temperature.  Once cooled, the solution was added to a large sample tube and allowed to split into layers overnight.  The top layer of the split was added to a 2 mL GC vial and injected into the miniGC. The program for the miniGC is outlined in Table 1.

    No standard was prepared as this study was to identify the unique fingerprint of the individual oils in question.  Using just the fingerprint one could determine the percentage of each carbon chain within the oil.


    Lucidity miniGC method for running FAMEs of cooking oils


    Each of the five oils tested showed a unique fingerprint on the chromatograms as outlined in Figures 1 through 6.

    Each oil has a unique fingerprint based on the carbon chains within their triglycerides.  Coconut oil has shorter carbon chains than most oils and is almost completely saturated, whereas Olive oil has longer carbon chains and is mostly monounsaturated at the C-18 peaks.  The saturated carbon chains are shown in the chromatogram as a peak directly next to the saturated carbon chain peak.


    Identifying oils through their unique fingerprint is possible with the use of the miniGC and converting the oils to a fatty acid methyl ester using a methylated solution of boron trifluoride.  A secondary benefit is that the level of saturation of each carbon chain can be easily identified within the same chromatogram. 

    This is by no means intended as a comprehensive study on vegetable oils, but rather as a demonstration of the use of the miniGC for analyzing different vegetable oils.

    More results from the miniGC can be found here:

    More information on the miniGC can be found here:

    To see the miniGC in operation go here:

  • (Feb 15, 2021)

    by Dan Iversen, Lucidity R&D Scientist

    While doing inventory in the lab, I came across a vial of pure capsaicin. I wondered why we had capsaicin. Rather than throw it out, I decided to use it to know the level of capsaicin in the hot peppers that I eat. After a quick google search to see if capsaicin could be extracted, I decided to get started on this project.

    I grabbed some jalapeno and pepperoncinis from home to bring into work. Not wanting the moisture content of the peppers to affect the extraction, I decided to dry the peppers in the toaster oven in the breakroom. I set the temperature to about 200 °F and set the timer to 60 minutes. That one hour did not dry the peppers completely, so I decided to keep the oven running for another 3 hours for a total of 4 hours of drying time. The air in the breakroom got quite spicy, and I got a few questions on what I was doing with peppers in the toaster oven.

    For the extraction of the capsaicin I used 100 mL of ethanol per 1 g of dried pepper. Soxhlet extraction would be ideal, but I don’t have one, so I got a 250 mL erlenmeyer flask and added 100 mL of ethanol. I was going to add the pepper slices as is, but decided that smaller pieces would probably be better.

    I broke the dried peppers with my fingers into fine pieces, and added them to the flask with the ethanol. I then added a stir bar and allowed the extraction to run for 4 hours. My goal at this point was to see if this drying and extraction method would work to extract the capsaicin, so I pulled up 1 uL of the solution and injected that into the miniGC and there was a peak at the same retention time as the standard.

    Once the extraction time was finished I then filtered the extract into a 250 mL beaker and
    allowed the ethanol to evaporate, if I had a rotovap I would have used that, but allowing the solution to evaporate in the fume hood overnight worked just fine. Once the alcohol had evaporated, I added 10 mL of ethanol to the beaker and swirled the solution to dissolve the capsaicin. I then added the solution to a sample vial.

    My miniGC method was as follows:

    miniGC Method:

    Lucidity MiniGC Conditions
    Carrier Gas: Hydrogen
    Control: Pressure
    Flow: 1 mL/min
    Split: 10:1
    Column: MXT-5 30 m x 0.25 mm, 0.25 μm
    Injector: 250 °C
    FID: 300 °C

    Rate Temp Time
    150C 0 min
    250C 0 min
    280C 2 min
    miniGC Column Profile

    The capsaicin standard was made up to a 1000 ppm solution in ethanol and injected into the miniGC which gave the following chromatogram.

    Capsaicin Standard

    I then proceeded to inject the pepper solutions and they gave similar chromatograms. The
    jalapeno pepper extract was quite easy to see, but the pepperoncini extract was difficult to see in the 1:10 dilution I performed. I then re-extracted the pepperoncini, but at the end instead of adding 10 mL of ethanol, I added 1 mL of ethanol. This time a small peak was observed at the capsaicin retention time.

    Jalapeno Pepper
    Pepperoncini Pepper

    Using the capsaicin standard and the chromatograms from the peppers I was able to determine that the capsaicin level in the pepperoncini to be 193 ppm and in the jalapeno to be 2,442 ppm.

    So, I was able to see capsaicin in pepperoncini and jalapeno peppers, now it was time to ramp things up. I was out and about with my family and came across dried ghost peppers for sale at a very good price. Well, knowing that they are some of the hottest peppers in the world and that I could extract the capsaicin from them with relative ease, I had to buy them and test the amount of capsaicin in these ghost peppers.

    Thankfully they were already dried because I don’t think my coworkers would have enjoyed being subjected to me drying them in the toaster oven in the break room. Being careful to not actually touch the peppers with any part of my hands I proceeded to follow the procedure outlined earlier.

    Once the extraction was done, the solution evaporated, and reconstituted to 10 mL and then vialed, I injected the ghost pepper solution. I waited to see how large a peak would be observed. The ghost pepper peak was massive compared to the other peppers.

    Ghost Pepper

    Even though the peak area is much, much larger than the standard peak, I decided to go ahead and calculate the amount of capsaicin anyway. The total capsaicin in the ghost pepper is 28,856 ppm. One of my colleagues brought in a package of ghost peppers they had and I ran the same analysis one of these. It turns out that their pepper has 32,766 ppm capsaicin. I think the reason for that is because the pepper I used had some moisture left and was pliable, whereas theirs was quite brittle, this would lead to a bit higher concentration of capsaicin. Although the capsaicin amount in peppers varies between peppers of the same kind.

    This project was a proof of concept that could be done much better. Given more time I would have made a calibration curve for the capsaicin, which would have given more accurate results for the levels in the peppers. I would have also used SPE to clean my samples to remove some of the other peaks and clean up the chromatograms. And finally, I should have diluted the ghost pepper samples to make them closer in size to the standard peak to get a better result. Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable experiment.

  • See how easy it is to install an autosampler on top of your miniGC!

    The autosampler for the miniGC doesn’t require any screws. It is simply held in place by magnets to the top of the miniGC, so it (like the miniGC itself) can be installed in a matter of minutes. Once placed on top of the miniGC and roughly aligned with the injection port, it requires plugging a communication cable and a power cable into the miniGC and then it is recognized by the miniGC software on the accompanying laptop. The software then provides a step-by-step pictorial alignment guide to fine tune the alignment with the injection port, which takes only minutes. Then you’re off and running!

    Our goal at Lucidity is to provide you with products like the miniGC that you can install and use effortlessly while providing you with the results you’re used to seeing from conventional systems.


  • miniGC
    The miniGC is the smallest, lowest cost, easiest to use fully functional GC on the market. It's footprint is that of a shoebox, it sells for $15,000 without an autosampler and $20,000 with an autosampler, and it can be self-installed in 15 minutes....

  • The miniGC was designed to be a robust, powerful GC capable of replicating the results from larger, more expensive traditional GCs so that it can be used by many more people in many more locations, and by many more organizations, allowing them access to a powerful, well-understood technique like GC, but without having to sacrifice performance.  The miniGC gives users a system they can deploy in many more places that can be referenced back to their traditional GCs and GC-MSs.  It's smaller, lower cost, and easier to use, so it expands the audience for GC, but because it uses traditional columns, carrier gasses, and operating parameters, it can use the same methods and produce the same results as the traditional systems.

    The miniGC features:

    • The easiest to use software of any fully functional GC on the market while giving you all the capabilities you are used to having
    • Removable column cartridges that accommodate standard GC columns and make switching columns as easy as interchanging video game cartridges in a gaming console
    • Rapid oven heating and cooling - an oven that can ramp from 50C to 400C in under 6 minutes and can cool from 400C to 50C in under 5 minutes.
    • Small footprint: about the footprint of a shoebox
    • Easy to install: Comes with a laptop with preinstalled software and training and installation videos so that the entire system can be up and running in 15 minutes
    • Split / Splitless injection port: similar to traditional larger, more expensive GCs that allow you to use methods that have been developed on traditional GCs and replicate the results
    • Similar performance to larger, more expensive traditional GCs - the miniGC was designed to tackle real world applications.  It uses standard GC columns, standard GC carrier gasses, has a split / splitless carrier gas flow controller and injection port, an oven that can go all the way up to 400C with ramps of up to 60C/min, and a FID that allow for results comparable to traditional GCs, and the use of methods developed on traditional GCs.

  • miniLC
    The miniLC is the smallest, lowest cost, easiest to use fully functional HPLC on the market. It's capable of pressures up to 10,000psi, flows from 0.01-10mL/min, includes a full wavelength UV detector, uses standard HPLC columns, and sells for $25,000....

  • The miniLC is the smallest, lowest cost, easiest to use fully functional HPLC on the market.  It's capable of pressures up to 10,000psi, flows from 0.01-10mL/min, includes a full wavelength UV detector, uses standard HPLC columns, and sells for $25,000. 
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