The analysis of various polycarbonates by static secondary-ion mass spectrometry

J. Lub, G.H. Werumeus Buning

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In this paper various polycarbonates are studied using static secondary-ion mass spectrometry. From the measurements information about the chemical structure of the polymers can be extracted. Apart from the structure of the repeat unit, also the structure of the polymer end-group and the distribution of monomers in a copolymer has been determined. Furthermore, the presence of cyclic oligomeric compounds in various polycarbonates has been established. A main-chain scission mechanism for the interaction of the primary ion beam with the polymers has been proposed, and with this mechanism it was possible to explain the structures of the most characteristic ions observed in the different types of spectra.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1017
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • copolycarbonates
  • cyclic polycarbonates
  • end-groups
  • polycarbonate synthesis
  • polymer analysis
  • static secondary-ion mass spectrometry
  • surface analysis


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