The Current Status of ASTM D8071 and its Compliance with Alternative Methods for Spark Ignition Fuels.



Date: 16:00:00 - Jun 11 2019
Speakers: Ryan Schonert, Dan Wispinski
Moderators: Tom Lynch CChem FRSC

PIONA has long been the preferred approach to characterize petroleum streams by hydrocarbon group type. The technique is based on the separation of individual hydrocarbon groups by utilizing a multitude of complex analytical techniques and methods. These various approaches tend to limit scope to a subset of hydrocarbon groups or specific compounds of interest which results in added complexity, higher costs, lower productivity, and less confidence in results.

VUV Analytics’ innovative fuels analyzer for finished gasoline changes the norm by providing an automated, fast, and accurate approach to complete compound class characterization of paraffins, isoparaffins, olefins, napththlenes, and aromatics (PIONA), and more. The VUV Fuels Analyzer for Finished Gasoline combines the power of Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (VUV) with the push-button simplicity of VUV Analyze Software™ and is the only system capable of performing the complete analysis as described in ASTM D8071.

This eLearning Session will provide a technical overview of the ASTM D8071 method, EPA equivalency to other ASTM methods and its current status along with a discussion on the VUV Fuels Analyzer.

Key Learnings of the Webinar:

  • An update on ASTM D8071 and an introduction to the VUV Fuels Analyzer – which delivers precise results in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.  
  • How to simplify complex analyses with VUV Analyze Software™, a post processing analytical software for qualification AND quantification.
  • ASTM D8071 can significantly improve efficiency and have the versatility to assist with R&D projects. 

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Ryan Schonert
Ryan Schonert (VUV Analytics)

Ryan Schonert is currently an Application Scientist for VUV Analytics. Prior to joining VUV Analytics, Ryan performed research on the extraction and characterization of additives in smokeless powders using GC-MS and SEM-EDS. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M.P.S. in Forensic Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dan Wispinski
Dan Wispinski (VUV Analytics)

Dan Wispinski managed one of Canada’s top fuel testing research labs at InnoTech Alberta, formerly Alberta Research Council. Dan has 36 years of experience in refined fuel specifications, biofuels, crude oil and bitumen. He is chairman of the Canadian General Standards Board Petroleum Test Methods Committee and an active member of ASTM. Dan joined VUV Analytics in 2017 and is now responsible for standard methods development.


Tom Lynch CChem FRSC
Tom Lynch CChem FRSC (International Labmate Ltd)

Tom has 35 years’ of experience in the petroleum industry, specialising in the delivery of forensic and problem solving /method development capabilities for BP Fuels and Lubricants businesses globally. He was also a member of the BP Science Council representing Analytical Science and led a BP wide Analytical Science network. Tom has published over 30 citable papers, 4 book chapters and has given over 60 presentations at conferences. He is a past Vice President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Analytical Division and a past Chairman of the RSC Separation Science Group. In addition, Tom is a recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal by the Chromatographic Society and a technical achievement award by the Energy Institute.

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