Characterization of poly(butylene terephthalate) by size-exclusion chromatography and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry

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Abstract

Poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) samples have been analyzed with size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) using a mixed solvent of 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) and chloroform as the mobile phase. Several matrices and different sample deposition methods have been investigated to analyze PBT with matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS). Optimum results have been acquired by depositing PBT on top of a 2,4,6-trihydroxyacetophenone matrix. The found MALDI-TOF-MS method can be used to analyze the end group functionalities of PBT, as demonstrated with the samples at hand. By combining SEC (off-line) with MALDI-TOF-MS, absolute molecular masses of PBT can be measured, and these have been found to be considerably lower than those determined with SEC using polystyrene standards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-154
JournalJournal of Chromatography, A
Volume976
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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