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Handheld FT-IR and SERS analyser measures of low concentrations of illegal substances

13 August 2020 | Product
by Ian Michael

The Thermo Scientific Gemini analyser now comes with LowDoseID, specifically to addresses the rising trend of low concentrations of illicit substances. The Gemini combines Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) into one device to facilitate comprehensive and confirmatory chemical identification for substances with a concentration between 1 % and 10 %. The ability to detect small amounts of substances significantly enhances accuracy and efficiency for first responders, particularly when identifying the presence of Fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

In addition to new functionality through the introduction of LowDoseID, the Gemini has also undergone a software update. The version 1.8 software enhances ease of use with on-screen colour-coded alerts based on analysis results and an expanded factory chemical library, as well as smoother operation.