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Alexander H. Soeriyadi, Michael R.Whittaker, Cyrille Boyer and Thomas P. Davis Soft ionization mass spectroscopy: Insights into the polymerization mechanism Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 51

Article first published online: 21 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.26536

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Soft ionization mass spectroscopy is a powerful technique for characterizing polymer structures. A brief description of the different spectrometric techniques available for polymer analyses, including MALDI-TOF, ESI-MS, and other recent methods, is given. The techniques are compared and the limitations and advantages are discussed. The possible side reactions that can occur during MALDI-TOF analysis are detailed and the importance of correct sample preparation is emphasized. ESI-MS is also given attention and emphasis is placed on the limitations and optimization of samples for successful analyses.

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