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Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight characterisation of biodegradable aliphatic copolyesters
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PMID:  10931547     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) and the off-line size exclusion chromatography matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (SEC/MALDI) method has been applied to the structural characterisation and the molar mass (MM) determination of a series of biodegradable copolyesters synthesised by high temperature melt polycondensation reaction, and of two commercial copolyesters with the trade name Bionolle. The MALDI-TOF spectra of these copolymers showed the presence of cyclic oligomers in the lower mass region, in accord with expectations from polycondensation kinetics, and the presence of all linear species expected from their method of synthesis. The presence of unexpected linear species with olefin and carboxyl as end groups suggested the occurrence of undesirable thermal degradation processes during the melt polycondensation reaction. The absolute average molar masses obtained by the SEC-MALDI method turned out to be lower, by a factor of about two for succinate/adipate copolymers, and by a factor of three for succinate/sebacate copolymers, with respect to those computed by using polystyrene standards in SEC. Furthermore, the MALDI-TOF spectra of SEC fractions allowed not only the detection of linear and cyclic oligomers contained in these samples, but also the simultaneous determination of the average molar mass of both cyclic and linear oligomers. Due to the smaller hydrodynamic volume of cyclic chains with respect to linear ones, the ratio (M( cycle)/M( linear))( Ve) at a fixed elution volume was found to be 1.25, in good agreement with the theoretical value of 1.24. Copyright 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Carroccio; Rizzarelli; Puglisi
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Title:  Rapid communications in mass spectrometry : RCM     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1097-0231     ISO Abbreviation:  Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom.     Publication Date:  2000  
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Created Date:  2000-08-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8802365     Medline TA:  Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  Eng     Pagination:  1513-22     Citation Subset:  -    
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Universita di Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy.
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