Coriolis Compact air sampler - Bertin Instruments


Coriolis Compact air sampler

The Coriolis Compact is a dry Cyclonic air sampler able to operate up to 8 hours straight and compatible with multiple downstream analysis (NGS, qPCR, Culture).

The Coriolis Compact portable biological air sampler monitors indoor or outdoor air quality. Light, compact and ergonomic, it is the ultimate all-terrain microbiological air sampler. Its cyclonic technology collects biological particles. It is compatible with the most common micro-organism analysis methods, and measures indoor and outdoor air quality quickly and efficiently.

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Virus collection & detection

One of the main challenges of virus monitoring in the air is obtaining adequately concentrated samples. With its dry sampling technology, the Coriolis Compact is a perfect instrument to detect viruses in the air. Indeed, after each collection, users can choose the volume of solution in which they wish to resuspend their sample. Additionally, solutions that can preserve the nucleic acids present in the sample can also be taken advantage of. For example, in the case of RNA viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, users have the option to immediately resuspend their sample in Trizol to protect RNA against degradation.
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Military and Civilian application

Military and civilian populations can be exposed to highly hazardous Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents. Early threat identification enables effective measures to be taken (medical countermeasures, decontamination…) in order to limit the damages. When it comes to threat identification, sampling has to be quickly performed close to the dissemination point. Sampling devices must therefore be easily usable in the field by untrained people, like soldiers or firemen, while wearing individual protective equipment.

Lightweight & portable, Coriolis can easily be handled with a CBRNe personal protective equipment, as well as moved & positioned on strategic places for indoor & outdoor samplings.
Rugged & compact, the air sampler is therefore ideally suited for the Armed Forces & civil security organisations’ operational requirements in case of biological threats.
The particles collected can then be analyzed to ensure biological threat detection and identification. The Coriolis air samplers are the first players in the biological detection chain to provide the CBRN detection and identification equipment with well concentrated biological agents samples.

Temperature range

  •  +5°C to +45°C with a humidity range of 10% to 90%


  • 255 x 135 x 130 mm


  • 1,2 kg


  • 50L/min

Size of particles collected

  • 500 nm to 10 μm

Type of particles collected

  • bacteria, viruses, molds…


  • 8h in operation


  • Dry collection

Mobile and easy to use, the Coriolis Compact is suitable for indoor and outdoor sampling.

Due to an improved battery autonomy, it performs up to 8 hours of continuous sampling. The cycles of sampling are programmable.

As the sample is collected thought a dry cyclonic technology, it can be easily recover with any suitable buffer to perform analysis. The obtained sample is compatible with multiple downstream analysis such as Culture, PCR, qPCR, or NGS so it gives access to highly sensitive and specific results in only a few hours. Bertin provides single use consumable to avoid cross contamination.

1. Sterile cone is placed on the device and locked.
2. Aspirated air runs into the cone.
3. Particles contained in the air are retained in the cone wall.
4. Collected particles are recovered by adding liquid to the cone.

Coriolis Compact biological air sampler: The principle

Using dry cyclone technology, the Coriolis Compact biological air sampler quickly concentrates samples of viruses and other particles (bacteria, mold, spores, pollen, etc.) in a large enough quantity to analyze micro-organisms.

Once the collection cone is attached to the biological air sampler, the suction generated by Coriolis Compact creates a high flow air suction vortex (50L/h). Airborne particles measuring 500 nm to 10 µm are centrifuged dry and collected on the inner walls of the collection cone.

A suitable buffer is then used to resuspend the particles. To preserve the integrity of the nucleic acids in the sample, a solution such as Trizol™ can be added directly to the collection cone immediately after the sample collection.

The reconstituted fluid sample is compatible with the most commonly used and the most rapid micro-organism analysis methods such as PCR, immunoanalysis (ELISA, etc.), or even flow cytometry.


Coriolis Compact for the analysis of indoor and outdoor micro-organisms

The Coriolis Compact portable air sampler weighs only 1.2 kg and has a long battery life (up to 8h). Its small size makes it easy to transport and it is the ideal choice for both outdoor and indoor air quality monitoring.

Its scope of application is very broad: Biocontamination of medical or health environments, virological sampling, biological risk control, environmental pollution control, etc.

This microbiological air sampler range meets the requirements of air monitoring even when microbiological contamination is low.

Reasons to choose Coriolis Compact air sampler

Long time battery autonomy

Indoor/outdoor sampling

Compact and mobile equipment

Easy to use & set up

Compatible with multiple downstream analysis


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