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The molecular weight of proteins, synthetic and natural polymers is a direct indicator of product performance and activity.

Understanding this and other molecular parameters is key to controlling product performance in a wide variety of applications areas including:

  • Strength, durability and toughness of plastics and other synthetic polymers.
  • Degradation and release rate of drug delivery polymers.
  • Performance and mouth-feel of polysaccharides in foods e.g. maltodextrin and other starch derivatives.
  • Strength and quality of fillers and lubricants in pharmaceuticals and cosmaceuticals e.g. hyaluronic acid and cellulose derivatives.
  • Efficacy and aggregation state of proteins and biopharmaceuticals e.g. monoclonal antibodies (mAbs).

Malvern’s advanced GPC/SEC detectors, which include low angle and right angle light scattering (LALS and RALS) and multi-angle light scattering (SEC-MALS), are designed to measure absolute molecular weight with unparalleled accuracy. Complete systems such as the TDAmax form and out-of the-box solution, while add-on detectors such as the SEC-MALS 20 and the Zetasizer µV allow you to upgrade an existing GPC/SEC system to measure absolute molecular weight.

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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.


Keywords: English Application Note Molecular structure Molecular size Molecular weight OMNISEC 

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.


Keywords: Polymer solutions English Application Note Molecular structure Molecular size Molecular weight Gel Permeation Chromatography Static Light Scattering Size Exclusion Chromatography Polymers from renewable sources Specialty and novel polymers Polymer recycling OMNISEC 

Measurements of absolute molecular weight of synthetic polymers using OMNISEC Application Note (English)

In this application note, the molecular weight, molecular weight distribution and size of common polymers are measured using the OMNISEC system.


Keywords: Polymer solutions English Application Note Molecular size Molecular weight Gel Permeation Chromatography Static Light Scattering Size Exclusion Chromatography Rubbers and elastomers Specialty and novel polymers Polymer recycling OMNISEC 

Structure-molecular weight relationships of synthetic polymers Application Note (English)

In this application note, the structural distribution of some common polymers are compared using the Mark-Houwink plot. The data are all generated using the advanced OMNISEC multi-detector GPC/SEC system


Keywords: English Application Note Viscotek range Molecular structure Molecular size Molecular weight Gel Permeation Chromatography Static Light Scattering Size Exclusion Chromatography OMNISEC 

An introduction to OMNISEC RESOLVE Technical Note (English)

This technical note describes the features and benefits of OMNISEC RESOLVE. It also includes a discussion of the value of OMNISEC as a complete system as opposed to upgrading an existing conventional system to advanced detection.


Keywords: Polymer solutions English Technical Note Molecular structure Molecular size Molecular weight Gel Permeation Chromatography Size Exclusion Chromatography Bulk (commodity) polymers Engineering polymers Polymers from renewable sources Specialty and novel polymers Polymer recycling OMNISEC 
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