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SPECTROstar Nano

BMG LABTECH’s SPECTROstar NANO is the industry leading premiere absorbance microplate reader. The SPECTROstar NANO is a spectrometer-based absorbance reader that can capture a full UV-visible spectrum, 220nm to 1000nm, in less than 1 sec/well at 1nm resolution, offering you speed and precision that cannot be matched by older monochromator or filter absorbance reading technology. The SPECTROstar NANO has a built in cuvette port, 45C incubation, push button operation, is 1536 well capable, and has 2uL nano spot DNA quantitation capability allow the fastest measurements of DNA, RNA, ELISAs, and much more.



  • Exclusive BMG LABTECH 220nm to 1000nm UV/vis spectrometer
  • Full-spectrum UV/Vis absorbance measurements in under a second
  • Integrated cuvette port
  • 1536 well plate compatible
  • Linear, orbital and double-orbital shaking
  • Incubation up to 45 °C
  • Includes 21 CFR control and MARS data analysis software
  • LVis plate for 2uL samples

The SPECTROstar Nano is equipped with BMG LABTECH’s proprietary ultra-fast UV/Vis spectrometer, which allows users to measure full-spectrum absorbance (220 – 1000 nm) in less than 1 second per well. The reader does not need to be tuned or scanned to measure a particular wavelength, the user receives all wavelengths all the time for a complete spectral curve thus greatly enhancing the speed of assays that require multiple wavelengths like DNA quantitation.

Of course you may want to observe only a few or even a single wavelength, but the choice is yours to make. With multiple wavelength assays, such as DNA quantitation, the spectrometer offered marked speed advantages over monochromator absorbance microplate readers that struggle to even get one wavelength per well per second. The SPECTROstar NANO can obtain 780 measurements, one per wavelength, in less than one second.


The SPECTROstar’s cuvette port is easily accessible via the cover on the top of the reader. Our engineers have designed the reader for fast operation with a single cuvette, or large batches. Cuvettes can be read simply by inserting, pushing a button, and removing – the software handles storing the data, organizing batches, blank correcting, calibration curves, and much more. With the LVis accessory the SPECTROstar becomes a DNA quantitation workhorse enabling you to measure sixteen 2uL samples in under fifteen seconds, with complete quantitation and DNA purity data available instantaneously with our built in MARS sata analysis templates.

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Detection Modes 

UV/Vis Absorbance Spectra

Measurement Modes 

Endpoint and kinetic measurements
Spectral scanning (absorbance)
Well scanning

Microplate Formats 

6 to 1536-well plates, user-definable
LVis Plate with 16 low volume microspots (2 μL)

Microplate Carrier 

Robot compatible

Light Sources 

High energy xenon flash lamp


CCD Spectrometer

Wavelength Selection 

UV/Vis Absorbance Spectrometer
Full spectra or 8 distinct wavelengths in < 1 sec / well

Spectral Range 

220 – 1000 nm for ABS


ABS with Spectrometer
Full spectrum captured in < 1 s/well
Selectable spectral resolution: 1, 2, 5, and 10 nm
OD range: 0 to 4 OD
Accuracy: < 1% at 2 OD
Precision: < 0.5% at 1 OD and < 0.8% at 2 OD

Read Times 

Full spectrum from 220 to 1000 nm in less than 1 sec/well


Linear, orbital, and double-orbital with user-definable time and speed

Purge Gas Vent 

System to inject an atmosphere or to pull a vacuum into the reader

Integrated Barcode Reader 

External manual barcode reader


+3°C above ambient up to 45 °C


Multi-user Reader Control and MARS Data Analysis Software included
FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant

LVis Plate (Optional Accessory) 

Sample Capacity: Sixteen separate microdrop wells for 2 µL samples; One standard cuvette position for up to 1 mL samples.
Quality Control Internal Standards (optional): Four NIST traceable optical density filters (approximate values of 0.1, 0.3, 0.6 and 1.0 OD); One holmium oxide filter for wavelength accuracy.
Dimensions: Conforms to SBS standards for microplates.

THERMOstar (Optional Accessory) 

Microplate Incubator and Shaker

Upgrades (Optional Accessory) 

Please contact your local representative for upgrades including options such as detection modes, reagent injectors, etc.