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Frontier MIR/NIR Spectrometer

Choose the Frontier range of Fourier Transform IR spectrometers for superior spectroscopic performance in demanding applications. Powerful and adaptable, the Frontier meets all your current analysis needs and can be expanded as your research goals evolve. An exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and photometric performance assures optimal spectral quality to ensure best-in-class sensitivity. This configurable platform provides dependable and consistent operation through years of service.

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IR Ready for Any Challenge

The Frontier FT-IR/NIR system enables you to benefit from faster method development and reduced instrument costs with a single optimized system for mid-IR and near-IR performance. Automated range switching enables you to quickly move onto your next sample without manual reconfiguration. The system can be upgraded to a Spotlight microscope system, have an external optical bench added, or be configured with an upgraded detector at any time.

The Frontier MIR/NIR is suitable for a wide range of applications and can be configured to your needs regarding the level of performance desired to meet the demand of your daily IR analyses. See the configurations table below for all available instrument options.

Frontier MIR/NIR spectrometers feature:

  • Two temperature-stabilized DTGS (deuterated triglycine sulfate) detectors: one optimized for MIR with an enhanced SNR of 15,000:1 peak-to-peak for a 5 second scan, and one suited for NIR with <10µA RMS noise over 250nm range for a 1 minute scan
  • Optional liquid nitrogen cooled MCT (mercury cadmium telluride) detector
  • Optical system with KBr beamsplitter for MIR for a spectral range 8,300 – 350 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.4 cm-1, and a CaF2 beamsplitter for a spectral range of 14,700 – 2,000 cm-1 at a best resolution of 0.5 cm-1
  • Standard AVC/APV/AVI
  • Standard gold optics
  • Standard KBr windows
  • Option to include the Near Infrared Reflectance Accessory (NIRA) as a package
  • An External Beam Pack can be configured to allow for automatic beam path switching for use with external accessories such as the Spotlight microscope, NIRA accessory, and the General Purpose Optical Bench.

    Setting the Standard

    The Frontier is loaded with a range of advanced innovations designed to provide optimal performance from the configuration you choose.

    • Dynascan interferometer – Fixed mirror-pair interferometer design does not require dynamic alignment to compensate for errors.
    • Atmospheric Vapor Compensation (AVC) – Features an advanced digital filtering algorithm designed to compensate for CO2 and H2O absorptions in real time removing the need for instrument purging.
    • Automatic Performance Verification (APV) – Optional feature comprising an integrated, fully automatic filter wheel containing traceable reference materials and software allowing for abscissa, ordinate, noise, ASTM, and USP tests to be performed.
    • Absolute Virtual Instrument (AVI) – Optional AVI standardization using gas phase methane spectra ensures instruments are accurately calibrated. Unique standardization allows data to be transferred precisely between instruments, side-by-side or in remote locations.
    • Sigma-Delta Conversion: The use of Sigma-Delta converters in the digitization of the FT-IR interferogram improves the dynamic range, reduces spectral artifacts, and increases ordinate linearity to provide accurate, reproducible results.
    • Variable J-stop – Limits beam divergence to provide optimal measurements at all resolutions, including intermediate settings.
    • Output focusing optics for second sampling station – Enables two sampling accessories to be installed simultaneously, removing the need to switch modules between measurements.

    Ultimate Performance & Unrivalled Flexibility

    PerkinElmer recognizes that every application is different. The result is a complete solution to provide the fastest assurance of the quality of your materials, regardless of the application. For these specific applications, we offer various analysis systems and application pack add-ons.

  • Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals
  • In-service lubricants and fuels
  • Environmental
  • Polymers
  • Academia

Frontier is designed to function with a variety of sampling accessories to enhance the versatility of the instrument including the Diffuse Reflectance Accessory, HATR, NIRA, TG-IR interface, UATR, Polarized UATR, General-Purpose Optical Bench, and Specular Reflectance Accessory.

Results Matter

The Spectrum 10 software suite drives the Frontier MIR/NIR system and can support advanced FT-IR analysis in research and industrial laboratories, always providing optimal results. The software supplied with your instrument enables you to control the instrument and to manipulate the spectra that you collect. The spectrometers can operate in ratio, single-beam, or interferogram mode.

For regulated industries that demand secure IR quality testing, Spectrum 10 ES software is available and encompasses user access control, audit trailing, data security, and data integrity to ensure secure analyses to meet the technical demands of 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. The revolutionary Spectrum AssureID software is available and can provide manufacturing QA/QC functions with a rapid, unambiguous means of verifying identity and quality of a production material. Spectrum Quant is an optional software package designed for novice and advanced spectroscopists who need to integrate accurate quantitative analysis into their MIR/NIR analysis.


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Depth 60.0 cm
Detector Type DTGS
Height 30.0 cm
Operating Range 5 - 40 °C
Portable No
Product Brand Name Frontier
Product Group Instrument
Research Areas Food & Agriculture
Warranty 1 year
Wave Length Range 14,700 – 350 cm-1
Weight 34.0 kg
Width 52.0 cm


Detector Type External Beam Pack? NIRA Included? Software Part Number
DTGS No No Spectrum 10 L1280034
DTGS No No Spectrum 10 ES L1280035
DTGS Yes No Spectrum 10 L1280038
DTGS Yes No Spectrum 10 ES L1280039
DTGS Yes Yes Spectrum 10 L1280042
DTGS Yes Yes Spectrum 10 ES L1280043
MCT No No Spectrum 10 L1280036
MCT No No Spectrum 10 ES L1280037
MCT Yes No Spectrum 10 L1280040
MCT Yes No Spectrum 10 ES L1280041
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Application Note

A novel method (TG-IR) for the rapid determination of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in soil

A gas chromatographic analysis of the extract can provide even greater sensitivity and more detailed compositional information, but further increases the time required for the analysis. Thermogravimetric analysis coupled to infrared spectroscopy (TG-IR) can provide detailed information about the amount and nature of the pollution, while requiring no sample preparation at all. This application note illustrates the kind of data that can be obtained with a modern TG-IR system.

Advanced Data Analysis of Evolved Gases from TG-IR Hyphenation Studies of Polymers

The combination of Thermogravimetric Analysis with Infrared Spectroscopy (TG-IR) is the most common type of evolved gas analysis. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) accurately measures the percentage weight loss of a sample as a function of temperature, but does not provide any information regarding the chemical composition of the evolved gases. Additionally, IR alone is not always sufficient for detecting the presence of components at low concentrations. This application note describes the development of a spectral library of TG-IR weight losses for polymers as well as the use of library-searching techniques for the identification of polymers and evolved gases from simple and more complex polymer formulations.

Augmenting Standard Methods of Measuring Airborne PM2.5 Using IR Imaging

The use of IR imaging expands the measurement possibilities by giving information about the individual types of materials present in the collected particles. The information from the IR imaging experiment is not only qualitative (i.e. identification of the particulates), but can also be calibrated to give quantitative information on the components present. The IR imaging measurement will take only five minutes, whereas Ion Chromatography requires solvent extraction of the particulates and would take around 20-25 minutes per sample

Biodiesel Concentration Measurements Using Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)

Biodiesel fuels are often blended compositions of diesel fuel and esterified soybean oils, rapeseed oils, or other potential vegetable oils as well as fats. The physical and combustion properties of these biofuels have allowed them to achieve similar performance to diesel fuel. However, there are several characteristics that are of concern. These differences, especially the cetane reduction, require that adequate control of the biofuel concentration be implemented.

Biodiesel Concentration Measurements Using OilExpress

The move to include proportions of biodiesel in everyday fuel has created a host of unresolved issues for both engine manufacturers and diesel consumers. Uppermost among these are questions concerning the concentration of the biofuel (Fatty Acid, Methyl Ester – FAME) and its quality. This application note describes how infrared transmission measurements can be used to address the concentration measurements.

Cavity-enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy for Trace Gas Detection with Frontier

Cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (CEAS) has similarities with the better known cavity ringdown technique (CRDS) which measures the signal decay as a laser pulse emerges through one of the mirrors after successive reflections. By measuring the increase in the rate of decay caused by an absorbing species, CRDS can measure ppb concentrations of small molecules. The ringdown technique has typically been applied to small molecules where the wavelength of a NIR laser source can be tuned across very narrow individual lines of the spectra. In contrast this report describes CEAS using a broadband source applied to larger molecules where the spectra are broader.

Characterization of Textile Fibers Using the PerkinElmer Spectrum 100 with Universal ATR Polarization Accessory

The ability to accurately characterize textile fibres is important in many fields, including textile conservation, forensic analysis and industrial production. Conventional methods such as microscopy and spectroscopy can be used to investigate the morphology and chemistry of a sample, but reveal little about its miscrostructure.

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Comparison of Near- and Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy for Herb and Spice Authenticity Analysis

There is considerable scope for rapid on-site analysis of foods by using the combination of IR spectrometers with Principal Components Analysis (PCA) to classify complex materials. This application note shows that Near-IR spectroscopy is more suitable than Mid-IR for the analysis of herbs and spices and could also be applied to other inhomogeneous foods.The longer effective pathlength and better spatial averaging available with Near-IR diffuse reflectance is beneficial for adulterant detection, and using glass sample containers allows for rapid analysis with no accessory cleaning required. Larger sampling areas and the ability to spin the material during Near-IR analysis results in more reproducible and representative sampling of food products with an inhomogeneous nature.

Determination of Oil and Grease in Water with a Mid-Infrared Spectrometer

, The PerkinElmer Frontier or Spectrum Two series of FT-IR spectrometers can be utilized successfully for the determination of oil and grease in water samples. The method shows good linearity and precision, with a detection limit below 0.5 mg/L.

Determining the Source Oil of Biodiesel with Infrared Spectroscopy

Infrared spectroscopy is particularly suitable for the identification of materials, even when the differences between the materials are subtle variations in complex mixtures. In this note we demonstrate that biodiesel from several common feedstocks can be distinguished on the basis of absorption bands arising from double bonds in the fatty acid chains.

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Diamond ATR and Calibration Transfer for Biodiesel-Blend Analysis by ASTM D7371

Biodiesel is seldom used neat (B100), typically being blended with fossil diesel at ratios from 5% v/v (B5) to 30% v/v (B30). Verifying the FAME content of diesel-fuel blends is an important aspect of quality control and auditing of blending and distribution operations. Because FAME has a strong infrared absorption at 1745 cm-1 due to the ester carbonyl group, infrared spectroscopy is an excellent technique for this analysis, and there are EN and ASTM® standard test methods describing the procedure

Investigating Phase Transitions with Variable Temperature ATR

Heated ATR is used to follow the thermal changes in chcolatate, which is largely a suspension of sucrose and cocoa solids in a matrix of cocoa butter.

Milk Adulteration with Melamine - Screening, Testing and Real-Time Detection

This work highlights that screening, testing or real-time detection can be utilized to detect melamine-adulterated milk in a supply chain and that by determining where the sampling is taking place, who is carrying out the measurement and whether the testing is to meet regulation, will define which technology to use.

Polymer Applications Compendium

Today’s plastics are some of the most used materials on a global volume basis. Broadly integrated into today’s industrial and commercial lifestyles, they make a major, irreplaceable contribution to virtually every product category.

In this compendium you will find a wide range of applications for polymers, plastics, rubbers and advanced materials. Discover how to put these applications to work for you simply and efficiently.

Rapid Authentication of Larch Fiber Dietary Supplement Ingredient by FT-IR Using Diamond Single Bounce uATR Sampling Device

In order to comply with the new Dietary Supplement current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP’s), all dietary ingredients must be identified using a valid scientific method. A PerkinElmer MIR/NIR spectrometer equipped with a single-bounce diamond uATR sampling accessory allows for rapid identification of larch fibers of various grades.



PerkinElmer Frontier FT-IR, NIR and FIR Spectroscopy Brochure

Choose the PerkinElmer Frontier™ range of near-, mid- and far-IR Fourier Transform spectrometers for superior spectroscopic performance in demanding applications. Powerful and adaptable, the Frontier meets all your current analysis needs and can be expanded as your research goals evolve. And with automated range switching, mid- near- or far-IR techniques are available at your fingertips. An exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and photometric performance assures optimal spectral performance to ensure best-in-class sensitivity. This configurable platform provides dependable, consistent and trouble-free operation through years of service.

PerkinElmer Frontier and Spectrum Two FT-IR, NIR and FIR Spectroscopy Brochure

Frontier™ is PerkinElmer’s most powerful, adaptable IR solution yet, specially developed to offer superior performance in demanding applications.



Evolved Gas Analysis - Hyphenated Technology Guide

The needs for polymer, pharmaceutical, chemicals, food and beverage, and environmental analyses are constantly changing due to innovation demands and regulation changes.

Evolved Gas Analysis (EGA) solutions combine multiple analytical technologies to empower speed and advanced information acquisition. Coupling Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) systems with other analytical systems such as Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy represents the most complete and advanced EGA solutions for gaining insights beyond decomposition of materials, by carrying out in-depth characterization of the evolved gases.

This comprehensive technology guide is your guide to understanding how hyphenation provides the insights - not just WHEN something has happened, but also WHAT happened.


Product Note

Biodiesel IR Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) Analyzer

The production and distribution of alternative fuels is strictly regulatedby both national and international regulatory bodies. PerkinElmer®, via itsEcoAnalytix™ initiative, provides a series of solutions comprised of analyticalinstrumentation, standard operating procedures, training and support to help meet such regulatory requirements.

Rapid, Cost-Effective Oil Condition Monitoring -- Spectrum OilExpress System

Designed specifically to meet the requirements of the Caterpillar® S.O.SSM program, the JOAP program, and the new ASTM® Methods D7412, D7414, D7415, D7418, Spectrum™ OilExpress is the fastest, most cost-effective Oil Condition Monitoring (OCM) solution for busy test laboratories. OilExpress also uses less than half the solvent required by competing systems, dramatically reducing day-to-day operating costs and making laboratories more competitive.

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Universal ATR Polarization Accessory for Frontier FT-IR Spectrometers

Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) techniques have been well established in FT-IR spectroscopy for many years. They offer a convenient alternative to thin-film, KBr pellet or diffuse reflectance measurements.

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Regulatory Compliance Certification

Technical Note

A Combined Mid-IR/Far-IR Spectrometer for Analytical and Research Applications

By combining a specialized FIR beamsplitter A Combined Mid-IR/Far-IR Spectrometer for Analytical and Research Applications T E C H N I C A L N O T E INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY with the standard high-performance Mid-IR (MIR) beamsplitter on a single changeover mechanism, with additional FIR detector, a high performance Mid-Far IR system is available on a single optical bench.

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Obtaining Optimum Reproducibility for FT-IR Measurements in ZnSe Liquid Transmission Cells

Zinc selenide is a very useful material for infrared sampling optics, since it is transparent over most of the mid-infrared range, fairly hard and durable and resistant to water and most chemicals. Consequently it is widely used for attenuated total reflectance (ATR) and liquid transmission cells.

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Oil Express, version 4

The PerkinElmer Spectrum OilExpress oil condition monitoring system provides a complete solution for laboratories conducting high-throughput used oil analysis. The proven performance and reliability of the syringe-pump-based autosampler and Spectrum 100 FT-IR spectrometer ensure quality spectral data.

Reflection Measurements in IR Spectroscopy

Most materials absorb infrared radiation very strongly. As a result samples have to be prepared as thin films or diluted in non-absorbing matrices in order to measure their spectra in transmission. There is no such limitation on measuring spectra by reflection, so that this is a more versatile way to obtain spectroscopic information. However reflection spectra often look quite different from transmission spectra of the same material. Here we look at the nature of reflection spectra and see when they are likely to provide useful information. This discussion considers only methods for obtaining so-called external reflection spectra not ATR techniques.