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In the last few years, mass spectrometry has rapidly become indispensable in polymer analysis and complements, in many ways, the structural data provided by nuclear magnetic resonance. Mass spectrometry of polymers is emerging as a revolutionary technique, capable of challenging the techniques and protocols established for years for the characterization of synthetic polymers. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) has become a widely applied method for the structural characterization of synthetic polymers. The primary aim of this review is to illustrate some recent advances in the study of macromolecular systems by MALDI. MALDI allows the identification of repeat units and end groups, the structural analysis of linear and cyclic oligomers and the estimate of composition and sequence for co-polymers. MALDI is also quite useful for the measurement of molar mass and bivariate distributions in …
SAGE Publications
Publication date: 
1 Feb 2005

Giorgio Montaudo, Filippo Samperi, Maurizio S Montaudo, Sabrina Carroccio, Concetto Puglisi

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Volume: 11 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-14
European Journal of Mass Spectrometry