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The physical and even the chemical properties of a polymer in a final manufactured product can be closely related to the polymer structure.

Types of polymer structure:

  • Linear
  • Random branched
  • Comb structure
  • Starburst polymers or dendrimers
  • Copolymers
  • Cross-linked

Multi-detector SEC, such as the TDA, can be used to determine a number of the factors that determine structure:

  • Branching ratio
  • Branching frequency
  • Molecular density / Intrinsic Viscosity
  • Copolymer composition
  • Backbone modification

Structure is determined using a combination of an intrinsic viscosity detector that is sensitive to density, and a light scattering detector that provides molecular weight. These parameters are used to construct a Mark – Houwink plot from which a range of structural information can be deduced.

Application example:
Acrylonitrile-butadiene copolymers, commonly called nitrile rubbers (NBR), are used widely for adhesive compounding, and gloves used for examination and cleaning.

The composition of the copolymers, the polymer cross-linking and branching as well as the molecular weight of NBR affect the macroscopic properties of NBR such as flexibility and puncture resistance.

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From 0 to 60 – Novel polymer applications in the automotive industry Webinar - Live (English)

There is a strong global trend in automotive design that features a continuous increase in the use of conventional, performance, and novel polymeric materials. This is a result of weight savings, design flexibility, and ease of fabrication offered by...

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Characterization of IgG monomers & their aggregates Application Note (English)

Two antibody samples were characterized using column calibration and multi-detection SEC, and the results compared to show how multi-detection SEC provides more accurate data and a more complete characterization of the protein mixtures under study.



The Mark–Houwink plot – Differentiation of Branching and Composition Application Note (English)

Using OMNISEC, we will show how to separate the effects of a structural difference induced by a compositional change to a polymer (e.g. substitution) and the structural change induced by polymer chain branching.


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GPC/SEC analysis of polylactic acid (PLA) and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) using OMNISEC Application Note (English)

In this application note, a selection of different PLA and PLGA polymer samples were analyzed on Malvern's OMNISEC GPC/SEC system, which combines multiple detectors to provide information about structure and solution properties.



Multi-detection GPC/SEC research papers: Top 3 by industry Technical Note (English)

A summary of the three top academic research papers covering different research topics which show how multi-detector GPC/SEC can be used for different applications.


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