Fast polymer fingerprinting using flowing afterglow atmospheric pressure glow discharge mass spectrometry

Matthias C. Jecklin, Gerardo Gamez Goytia, Renato Zenobi

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Abstract

Flowing afterglow atmospheric pressure glow discharge mass spectrometry (FA-APGD-MS) was used to interrogate different polymer species such as biopolymers, synthetic homo-and co-polymers. The main advantages of FA-APGD-MS for polymer samples include speed (< 30 s per sample) and analysis at atmospheric pressures. Moreover, there are essentially no restrictions as to the kind of polymer sample that can be analyzed because FA-APGD-MS can deal with liquid and solid (soluble or insoluble) bulk polymers and granulates, irrespective of their conductivity, without requiring any sample preparation prior to analysis. We will discuss the mechanism of ion formation as well as the limitation of the accessible mass range (m/z < 500) in view of what type of information can be gained from the mass spectra obtained. Monomer units and some fragments were detected for homopolymers, e. g. cis-polyisoprene (IR), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), which allowed identification
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1629-1636
JournalAnalyst
StatePublished - 2009

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