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Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) is an analytical technique that separates dissolved macromolecules by size based on their elution from columns filled with a porous gel.

When SEC is coupled with light scattering, viscometer and concentration detectors (known as triple detection), it can measure absolute molecular weight, molecular size, and intrinsic viscosity and generate information on macromolecular structure, conformation, aggregation and branching.

By using SEC to measure molecular weight and these other properties, scientists can characterize molecules such as proteins, synthetic polymers, and natural polymers such as polysaccharides.
For all of these molecules, these parameters relate very closely to their performance in countless applications. With this technique:

  • Biochemists can understand protein oligomerization, aggregation, conjugation and conformation.
  • Polymer chemists can control polymer strength, toughness and performance.
  • Pharmaceutical producers can tailor the behavior of products such as eye-drops.
  • Food producers can better understand product performance and quality.

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Using Multi-Detection GPC/SEC to Determine Impact of Sterilization on Medical-Grade Polymers Article (English)

This article gives an introduction to multi-detection GPC/SEC and presents data that shows how the technique is being used to determine the impact of sterilization on medical grade poly(L-lactide).


Keywords: Polymer solutions English Article Molecular structure Molecular weight Gel Permeation Chromatography Size Exclusion Chromatography Specialty and novel polymers Injectables Viscotek TDAmax 

Characterization of hydrodynamic changes upon cation-binding to proteins Application Note (English)

Cations are specifically recognized by numerous proteins. Despite their small size, their specific interactions with highly charged residues allow them to induce significant conformational changes on their binding proteins. The protein conformational...


Keywords: English Application Note Molecular size Molecular weight Zeta potential Electrophoretic Light Scattering Size Exclusion Chromatography Viruses and vaccines Zetasizer Nano ZS Proteins Protein mobility Biological drug characterization and development Viscotek TDAmax Viscotek TDA 305 

PEGylated proteins: Optimizing conjugation reactions using triple detection SEC Application Note (English)

In this application note, interferon α-5 was conjugated with two different PEG molecules in different reactions. The individual protein and PEG molecules, as well as the PEGylated conjugates are characterized by SEC and their composition,...


Keywords: English Application Note Molecular size Molecular weight Static Light Scattering Size Exclusion Chromatography Protein aggregation Proteins Biological drug characterization and development Viscotek TDAmax Viscotek SEC-MALS Viscotek UV-PDA Detector (2600) 

Seal Wash Systems for GPCmax and VE-1122 Pumps – set up and operation Technical Note (English)

This technical note describes the two different ways of operating the seal wash system in the Viscotek GPCmax and VE-1122 pumps, which are essential for maximising the lifetime of seals and pistons.


Keywords: English Technical Note Gel Permeation Chromatography Size Exclusion Chromatography Viscotek 270max Viscotek RImax Viscotek TDAmax 

Overcoming the negative effect of protein structure on molecular weight measurement by Size Exclusion Chromatography – Two protein case studies with Anthrolysin and Bcl-2 Application Note (English)

A description of how advanced GPC/SEC detection can overcome inaccuracy in the measurement of molecular weight caused by deviation in the structure of the sample protein from that of the protein standards or interaction with the chromatography column...


Keywords: English Application Note Viscotek range Molecular structure Molecular weight Gel Permeation Chromatography Static Light Scattering Size Exclusion Chromatography Viruses and vaccines Protein aggregation Proteins 
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