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The size or hydrodynamic radius RH can be determined in two ways. The first method is by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), which is generally used as a batch technique to measure the average size in the whole sample, but can be used as a detector for Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC/SEC).

A very accurate and precise method of obtaining RH of all components in a sample is by triple detection after separation by SEC.

By the use of online light scattering and viscometer detectors, the MW and intrinsic viscosity of the polymer or protein can be determined and hence the RH calculated at any point on the chromatogram.

The benefit of both these techniques is that there is no practical upper or lower size limit for the materials being investigated.

The measurement of molecular size is a useful parameter for a number of applications:

  • Comparison with molecular weight gives information about structure
  • DLS can use molecular size to give a quick estimate of molecular weight
  • DLS can give a fast screen of protein purity
  • Determination of protein melting point.

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Anaysis of PLGA Molecular Weight and Structure by the latest Adavanced Multi-Detector GPC Systems Poster (English)

Different samples of commercially available PLGA were analyzed to compare their absolute molecular weight from light scattering to those quoted with the product. Additionally, the Mark-Houwink plots of different examples containing different ratios o...


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Characterizing polymers: Techniques for the measurement of molecular weight, molecular size and branching. Whitepaper (English)

A review of the methods available for measuring the key characteristics of polymers focusing on the benefits and value of gel permeation/size exclusion chromatography (GPC/SEC). Much of the paper talks exclusively about polymers, however many of the ...


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Compositional insights for protein mixtures: a case study of a semi-pure β-amylase extract Application Note (English)

In this application note, we describe the analysis of a semi-purified protein mixture containing β-amylase.  Step-by-step, we show how different properties of the proteins elicit a specific response in each detector and how the coupling this data can...


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