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The characterization of synthetic polymers by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry

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Molecular weight parameters for synthetic polymers are defined and their determination by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) is described. In particular, details of matrix materials that are suitable for this type of measurement are provided. The availability of increased instrumental resolution provides a simple means of endgroup identification for some synthetic polymers.

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