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Life Science Spectrophotometer

The Biowave DNA has been specifically designed for life science applications and is a powerful tool for the laboratory that requires a dedicated instrument for the determination of nucleic acid purity and concentration, protein concentrations or cell density measurements. The system utilises Gifford Optics for high energy throughput, a Xenon light source for long lamp lifetimes together with simple selection software and large graphical display for ease of use and data interpretation. The stored methods include DNA, RNA and oligonucleotide calculations, protein assays such as direct UV measurement, BCA, Biuret, Bradford and Lowry and cell density measurement. Unlike many dedicated life science instruments the Biowave DNA can also measure Absorbance or concentration at any wavelength so there is complete flexibility for future applications.

For added convenience it is possible to display a scan of the nucleic acid profile which is particularly useful for RNA samples where impurities may be present in the 230 nm region, yet not have an adverse effect on the 260/280 Absorbance ratio. The system is compatible with both Quartz and disposable low volume UV cuvettes. Results may be printed to an optional integrated high quality graphical printer for a permanent record or exported via a USB connection to a suitable PC running optional Print Via Computer (PVC) software for advanced reporting or data storage.


  • Split Beam (RBC) UV/Vis Spectrophotometer 190-900nm (5nm bandwidth)
  • Pre-programmed methods for DNA, RNA, proteins and cell density
  • Nucleic acid scans for purity checking (scan 220-330nm)
  • Low volume capability with 10µL min. quartz cells
  • Novel optics with a Xenon source for long lamp lifetime and low running costs
  • Flexible data export optional accessories include Export to PC software, built in printer or SD card Method/Data storage


Wavelength selection: monochromator
Type: UV/Vis 
Wavelength Range: 190 - 900nm 
Wavelength Accuracy (+/-): 2nm
Wavelength Reproducibility (+/-): 1nm
Light source: Xenon (PTR) 
Beam: Split Beam
Optical System: Dual channel Monochromator 
Bandwidth: 5nm
Detector: 1024 CCD array 
Photometric Range: -0.300 to 2.500A, 0 to 199%T 
Photometric Accuracy: +/- 0.003A at 0-0.5A at 546nm
Stray Light: 0.5%T at 220 & 340nm 
Stability: 0.001A/h at 340nm 
Spectral Scanning: Yes (220-320nm) 
Measurement Type: Fixed wavelength (Abs/%T), Abs ratio and Abs difference in nucleic acid mode only, concentration (factor), Life Science Methods, cell density 
Cell Compatibility: Cuvette 10mm, Microcell* , Ultra Microcell* 
Other Sample Containers: n/a
Cell Holder: Single Cell
Accessory Options: None
Temperature Control: None
Method Storage: 9
Regulatory Compliance: CE
Printer: Thermal built in*, External via Export* 
Data Output: Print*, Store*, Export to PC* 
Display: Graphical LCD
Export/ Data Storage: SD card*, Bluetooth*, USB cable*
Data Interface: USB 
Languages: English 
Power Requirements: 90-250, 50/60 Hz, 30VA
Weight: 4.5Kg (9.9lb) 
Dimensions: 26 x 39 x 10cm (10.2 x 15.3 x 3.9 inches) 
Certification: CE