BrightSpec Ships to Argonne National Laboratory

November 25, 2015 – Charlottesville, VA

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BrightSpec, Inc., the FT-MRR spectroscopy company, announced the delivery of its latest scientific instrumentation product to Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research center.  The BrightSpec Fourier Transform-Molecular Rotational Resonance (FT-MRR) Broadband Discovery spectrometer is designed for research teams that require a high level of instrument form factor configurability, sample chamber interoperability, multi-source excitation, and direct access to broadband signal monitoring capabilities.  The Broadband Discovery configuration—with applications ranging from small molecule drug development, combustion research, astrochemistry, and national security—demonstrates the BrightSpec commitment to meeting the need for fast, high resolution, digital spectroscopy.

BrightSpec is the first to offer commercially available millimeter wave instruments for trace level, multi-species volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis, with no chromatography required. The Broadband Discovery complements the existing BrightSpec standalone instruments that use solid-state millimeter and microwave excitation sources for chemical mixture analysis. The BrightSpec spectrometers can be used with a range of sampling interfaces for vapor phase analysis from gas, liquid or solid samples.  The Argonne installation also marks the release of the newest version of the BrightSpec Edgar software suite.  It allows researchers to control excitation sources, waveform and signal design, signal harvesting, spectra analysis, and reporting. Offered as a benchtop system, the Broadband Discovery enables scientists and researchers to directly measure fundamental phenomena in chemical structure and reaction dynamics.  At Argonne, researcher Kirill Prozument uses these strategies to understand the underlying dynamics that need to be considered when, for example, designing a new type of fuel or modeling atmospheric processes.

BrightSpec was founded after researchers in the Pate group at the University of Virginia—including Matt Muckle, Brent Harris, and Justin Neill of BrightSpec—developed and reduced to practice the Chirped Pulse-Fourier Transform technique. CPFT greatly advanced molecular rotational spectroscopy techniques that have been used in academic and government research around the world for more than 40 years.  Justin Neill, BrightSpec CTO at BrightSpec commented that “The installation in Kirill’s lab provides an excellent opportunity for BrightSpec instruments to be applied in new research that advances the mission of Argonne National Labs to address critical challenges in clean energy, the environment, technology, and national security.”


About BrightSpec, Inc.

BrightSpec delivers solutions for volatile organic compound mixture analysis for applications in R&D, small molecule drug development, fine chemicals, food, and advanced manufacturing sectors.  BrightSpec received research funding from the US ARMY and the National Science Foundation. For more information, please contact Justin Neill (CTO) or Bob Lloyd (CEO) at 434-202-2391, or visit