Circular Dichroism (CD) Spectrometer

Model #: Jasco J-1500 Circular Dichroism(CD) Spectrometer


Circular Dichroism Spectrometer


  • Xenon arc lamp source
  • Double monochromator offers low-stray light
  • Nitrogen purge offers even far UV CD applications feasible
  • Two quartz cell path lengths, 1mm and 1cm possible
  • Temperature-wavelength scan measurement
  • Temperature ramping (-40 to 130oC) and thermal denaturation for screening binding
  • Wide spectral range from vacuum UV to Near-IR (163 to 1600 nm)
  • Standard built-in mercury lamp and optional NIST traceable standard sample for system validation
  • High-efficiency N2 purge capability enabling to enhanced inert UV measurement
  • Extremely low stray light and high S/N ratio providing wide dynamic range
  • High-speed scanning (10000 nm/min)
  • Spectra Manager II - Software Suite for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, including several methods of secondary structure calculation 


Chiroptical spectroscopy has become one of most important techniques for the characterization of biomolecules, determination of absolute configuration, and stereochemical analysis. The new JASCO J-1500 is designed to meet the most demanding of CD applications. The performance level is unparalleled, and the layout is suited for adaptation to a variety of different sampling methods. The new Simultaneous Multi-Probe (SMP) acquisition allows parallel readouts of HT voltage on the PMT, absorbance, and CD.

Sample Guide

Buffer Choice: Many common buffer components absorb strongly, particularly at shorter wavelengths, and can mask signals of interest. In general, try to keep buffer concentrations as low as possible and observe the following:

  • 10mM potassium phosphate is a good choice for most work. Low concentrations of perchlorate, Tris, sodium phosphate and borate are also fairly transparent.
  • Cl- has a strong UV absorbance at low wavelengths. SO42- or F- is a preferred counter ion.
  • DTT, BME, or EDTA can be present at low concentrations (≤1mM).
  • Imidazole absorbs strongly in the far UV. Even millimolar concentrations of imidazole will swamp your micromolar protein signal.
  • Buffers can contain up to 20% glycerol, but measurements can only be made to 200 nm at this concentration.
  • SDS, Chaps and octylglucoside are reasonably transparent detergents. Avoid Triton detergents as they tend to oxidize rapidly and form UV-absorbing materials.
  • The pH of Tris is highly dependent on temperature, which makes it a poor choice for thermal melts.
  • For denaturant melts, be sure to use ultrapure spectral grade urea or guanidine.
  • Use UV=grade solvents.
  • Avoid using water that has been stored in polyethylene bottles for a long time as it may contain dissolved polymer additives.

Filtration: Filtering your samples and buffer through a 0.2µ or 0.45µ filter is a good way to remove dust, aggregated protein and other particles that interfere with CD measurements.

Cuvette Path length: 

  • Smaller pathlength cuvette (1mm) decrease solvent absorbance and is used for far-UV measurements.
  • A typical concentration for a 1 mm cell is ~0.1 mg/mL
  • Minimum volume ~200µL
  • Longer pathlength cuvette (10mm) is used for near-UV measurements since the signals are usually weak.
  • Near-UV measurements typically require high concentrations, ~1-2 mg/mL
  • Minimum volume of the standard cell is ~2mL

Approximate wavelength cutoffs (nm) of various solvents/buffers

1 mm cuvette
Distilled Water<185
100mM Ammonium Citrate 220
150mM Ammonium Sulfate 190
100mM Mes 205
100mM Pipes 215
100mM Sodium Chloride 195
10mM Sodium Phosphate <185
100mM Sodium Phosphate 190
PBS (phosphate buffered saline) 200
100mM Tris-HCl 200
Acetonitrile 185
DMSO 252
Ethanol 195
Hexafluoroisopropanol <185
Methanol 195
Trifluoroethanol <185
4M GdnHCl 210
4M Urea210