Project Description

Torion® T-9

Torion® T-9 is the world’s smallest and most portable Capillary Gas Chromatograph-Mass-Spectrometer for on the Site Analysis

The Torion® T-9 is the world’s smallest person portable GC/MS, which is fast, reliable, and easy to use. The integrated system features a low thermal mass capillary gas chromatograph with high-speed temperature programming and a miniaturized toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer (TMS) with a mass range from 43 to 500 Daltons. Samples are injected using a novel Custodion™ solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber syringe or a needle trap (Custodion™-NT).

The entire Torion® T-9 GC/MS system is totally self-contained, weighs 32 lbs (14.5 kg) and is rechargeable battery operated. It is easy to operate with a color touch screen user interface or a simple three button navigation.

The Torion® T-9 GC/MS is ideal for rapid screening of chemicals including environmental volatiles and semivolatiles (VOCs/SVOCs), explosives, chemical warfare agents, hazardous substances and for use in food safety and industrial applications.

The User interface can covered by a rugged case for transport or storage

Back of the device. The included Helium Quick Connector allows to use a gas bottle in stationary laboratory mode.

The injector port of the T-9. The correct injection of the sample is managed by electrical contacts between pins of the injector and a sheet of the sample holder.

Portable & Reliable

As a fully self-contained field instrument, the Torion® T-9 GC/MS operates on battery power for up to 2.5 hours and has an on-board disposable helium carrier gas cartridge capable of up to 150 sample runs.

Ruggedized GC-TMS design allows the Torion® T-9 GC/MS to operate under harsh conditions (MIL-STD-810G). An automated performance validation routine calibrates the instrument to provide reproducible, reliable performance.


The system is ready for sample analysis in under 5 min from a “cold start”. Using a high speed GC temperature ramp rate of 2°C/sec, run-to-run cycle times are typically ca. 5 min, allowing for analysis of ca. 12 samples per hour.


With an on-board color touch screen, the user interface directs the operator through sample introduction and analysis. The on-board library automates target compound deconvolutions and identification. Results are displayed on-screen for quick and easy data interpretation.

The Torion® T-9 Low Thermal Mass (LTM) Capillary GC is fast and operates reliably.

The GC is so small and it can fit in your hand, don’t let the size fool you.

Although it was built for portability and speed, the low thermal mass (LTM) capillary GC provides equivalent chromatographic resolution and performance to a benchtop system. The miniature size is achieved by replacing a conventional convectively-heated column oven with a low thermal mass (LTM) column with direct-contact electrical resistive heating. LTM GC uses a metal capillary GC column a small diameter, which is bundled with resistive heating and temperature-sensing wires are braided together with insulator strands. This design provides for greater heating and cooling speeds and very lower power consumption.

Since column heating requires considerably less operating power than a conventional GC, the Torion® T-9 GC/MS extends battery-powered operating time. With its powerful combination of direct resistive heating and rapid temperature ramp rates, the GC can handle the most challenging analytical tasks quickly, while separating analytes in just seconds, for fast, reliable results.

The Torion® T-9 MS system is miniaturized for portability and reliability.

The innovative MS configuration is ideally suited for miniaturization compared to other types of mass spectrometers. Every component of the instrument has been designed to maximize signal and minimize noise. The novel configuration allows for large trapping volumes despite its miniaturized size. The result is high ion counts and increased sensitivity, low noise levels and excellent spectral quality. Every parameter leads to a highly sensitive and selective detection in the range of ppm to ppb.

The so called “toroidal ion trap” is the component of the MS technology, which allows for miniaturization. The geometrical compactness of the ion trap is associated with:

The Torion® T-9 toroidal ion trap compare to a coin (quarter dollar, ~1 in).

  • Operate at high pressure (~10-3 Torr):
    vaccum requirements are less stringent, allowing for smaller pumps which reduces both size and weight
  • Operate on battery power:
    Less stringent vacuum require less power supply, allowing to use for longer than any other field portable MS

Speed matters when making time critical decisions. Now rapid and reliable identification can be performed in the field. The Torion® T-9 GC/MS on-board library identifies target compounds in an easy-to understand table that is displayed on the instrument´s touch screen:

  • Names identified compounds
  • GC retention times
  • List alerts level for each compound (customizable)
  • Calculates match quality in percent
  • Shows unidentified compounds

The easy-to-use Chromion® PC software allows customer users to custom build target compound libraries. Unique deconvolution algorithms ensure reliable identification of even co-eluting compounds in complex mixtures through their target ions in the mass spectrum and the peak shape.

Combination of on-board and PC-based software enable:

  • Full instrument control
  • Instrument monitoring
  • Library customization
  • Target compound identification
  • Unknown peak identification
  • Quantitation with external or internal standards
  • Data review

Torion´s Calion™ PV Mix (calibration and performance validation standard) are easy-to-use and reliable for field applications. Calion™ mix contains standard compounds that are carried in solidified liquid particles, where the compounds maintain equilibrium between the solid particles and the vial´s headspace. Custodion™ SPME sampling of the headspace results in collection of analytes on the SPME fiber from the vapor phase. The collected standard are then injected into the Torion® T-9 GC/MS for analysis. CalionTM PV Mix is used for instrument calibration, including both mass and retention time calibrations. The combination of Custodion™ SPME sampling with Calion™ standard provides robust and rapid capability for in-field calibration of the Torion® T-9 GC/MS. No need to worry about spilling liquid standards in the field or laboratory.

ILMAC 2016, Switzerland, Booth of Perkin Elmer. The Torion® T-9 (38 cm x 39 cm x 22 cm, 14.5 kg is placed next to the Clarus680 GC/SQ 8MS (83 x 98 x 82 cm, 71 kg).

According to all these advantages, you get a GC/MS system with laboratory equivalent chromatographic resolution with included features:

  • portable & lightweight, 14.5 kg
  • fast, short startup & cycles times, under 5 min
  • easy to handle cause of the simple guideline during the sample introduction
  • easy data interpretation cause of the easy-to understand table on the display
  • control of the system by providing routine calibration and automated performance validation
  • highly sensitive and selective detection of a wide variety of compounds in the range of ppm to ppb. And a mass range of 43 to 500 Daltons.

38 cm x 39 cm x 23 cm

14.5 kg

Operation Temperature:
5°C to 40 °C continuous operation with vent ports closed

Sample Introduction:
Solid phase microextraction (SPME), Needle trap and SPS-3 Sample prep station for air sample processing and internal standard addition

Carrier Gas:
Helium (99.5 % or 99.995 %)

LTM GC Column:
MXT-5, 5 m x 0.1 mm x 0.4 μm df

Mass Analyzer:
Toroidal In trap

Mass Range:
41-500 m/z

Detection Limit:
PPM to PPB for most analytes


Custodion™ SPME Syringe (cat. no. NTSC19SNB171)

19 gauge blunt needle, with DVB/PDMS fiber

Custodion™ SPME Syringe (cat. no. NTSC19SN3B171)

19 gauge blunt needle, with DVB/PDMS fiber and three replacement fibers

Custodion™ SPME (cat. no. NTS25710033)

19 gauge DVB/PDMS replacement fiber

Custodion™ Needle Trap (NT) Syringe (cat. no. NTSC19NTB200)

STD Calion PV Mix, Miniert (cat. no. NTSSMIX011019)

13 compound calibration and performance validation standard mix

GC Deactivated Injector Liner (cat. no. NTSS2000021)

Replacement Merlin Seal   (cat. no. NTS257000122)

Carrier Gas Cylinder (cat. no. NTSSG070037)

98 mL disposable helium gas cylinder, 99.5 or 99.995 %

T-9 Rechargeable Battery, Li-Ion (cat. no. NTS02750005)

Here are only the most common consumables listed If you are interested in other consumables please send a mail to


Flyer T9, german 1.10 MB 39 downloads


Flyer T9, english 1.09 MB 28 downloads


Flyer T9, russian 1.10 MB 31 downloads


Chromion Software 762.70 KB 28 downloads


Clairion Portable Pump 722.48 KB 27 downloads


Custodion SPME Syringe 1.07 MB 22 downloads


Sample Preparation Station (SPS-3) 799.62 KB 22 downloads


Torion T-9, Overview 1.88 MB 31 downloads


T9, german (SPECs) 752.73 KB 35 downloads


T9, english (SPECs) 536.80 KB 38 downloads


T9, russian (SPECs) 544.56 KB 44 downloads


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