Filter Vial Overview

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Filter Vials are a single system which replaces HPLC Vials, HPLC Caps, Syringes, & Syringe Filters for the filtration of samples. In 15 seconds, Thomson Filter Vials allow for sample preparation of unfiltered samples to filtered samples in an autosampler-ready vial.

Versatility Built Into Filter Vials

low volume, viscous, particulate-laden or high volatility organic solvent Thomson has a Filter Vial to fit your needs
Key Features
  • Same Size as a standard HPLC Vial and will fit easily into any machine or tray available for standard HPLC vials

  • Available in PTFE, PVDF, PES and Nylon membranes

  • Pore sizes of either 0.2μm or 0.45μm

How Filter Vials Work

Similar to how a french press works...

Similar to how a french press (cafetière à piston) works, Filter Vials filter particulates out of the sample with similar membranes used in syringe filters. The pressing of the plunger into the shell vial forces the sample up through a filter to separate the particulates from the sample to be analyzed. Thomson has several filter membranes and pore sizes to choose from making the Filter Vial a versatile tool in the lab.

Standard Filter Vial Specifications

Filter Vials Are Fast

Easy As 1, 2, ... Done!
In two steps
  1. Deposit sample into shell vial
  2. Insert plunger into the outer shell & press
15 seconds

Two steps and 15 seconds and you can have a safe and secure sample for analysis.

You can prepare a safe particulate free sample in less time than it takes to open the syringe packaging and add a syringe filter.

Applications & Compatibility

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Food Agriculture Environmental Application Notes

Thomson's catalog of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Application Notes for Filter Vials

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Filter Vial & Membrane Chemical Compatibility Index

Table of chemicals compatible with Thomson's Filter Vials & membranes

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my benefits be of my lab standardizing on Filter Vials?
Thomson Filter Vials give the ability to protect your HPLC or LCMS, UHPLC, GCMS like an oil filter protects the car. One wants to eliminate any particulates floating throughout the system.
What autosamplers does the Filter Vial work in?
The Filter Vial fits in any autosampler that uses 12x32mm or 2mL vials . Most autosamplers such as Agilent® and Waters®.
Where does the liquid go when you squeeze?
The liquid or sample goes into the plunger part of the Filter Vial while the particulates are filtered out.
What is the Filter Vial made out of?
It is made from Virgin PP tested by LCMS.

Filter Vial Comparison

A comparison of the Filter Vial Types
Features & Specifications
Standard For Most SamplesSee More
Multi-Layered FiltrationSee More
Multi-Mode FiltrationSee More
10μL Minimum VolumeSee More
Minimize Evaporative LossSee More
Basic Features
Simple to use
Clear up lab space
Eco-Friendly solution
Easy to hand press
Toggle Press compatible
48 Position press compatible
Extends column life
Reduces injector clogs
Reduces Repairs & Service
Color coded caps
Membranes Available
PVDF
PTFE
Nylon
PES
Pore Sizes Available
0.2μm
.45μm
Eliminates Need For
Syringe Filter
Syringe
Hplc Vial
HPLC Cap
Spin Filters
High Recovery Vials
HPLC Inserts
Fill & Dead Volume
Fill: 450μL / Dead:120μL
Fill: 630μL / Dead:420μL
Fill: 250μL / Dead:10μL
Pre Filtration
Particulate-Laden Samples
Solids or Large Particulates
High solid/liquid ratio
Minimize Matrix Effects & Ion Suppression
Allows for QuEChERS
Available with pre-slit or non-slit caps
10µL sample for 2μL injection
evaporation rate: <0.4% / 24hrs*
Standard For Most SamplesSee More
Multi-Layered FiltrationSee More
Multi-Mode FiltrationSee More
10μL Minimum VolumeSee More
Minimize Evaporative LossSee More

Thomson is not affiliated with Waters® and Agilent® or their products. Teflon is a registered trademark of Teflon.

* nano|Filter Vial® requires non-slit cap to acheive stated evaporation rate

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