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MALDI MS of Saturated Hydrocarbon Polymers: Polyethylene and Other Polyolefins



William E. Wallace, Charles M. Guttman, B M. Fanconi, Barry J. Bauer


Saturated hydrocarbon polymers, polyethylene and polypropylene, are, by production volume, the most widely used of all synthetic polymers. Their molecular mass and molecular mass distribution (MMD) are critical in determining performance properties. There are no techniques currently available to perform mass spectrometry on saturated hydrocarbon polymers above molecular masses of about 1000 u. A method to study the MALDI MS of saturated hydrocarbon polymers, up to masses of at least 1Ok u, is presented.
Conference Dates
May 27-31, 2001
Conference Location
Chicago, IL
Conference Title
ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry


ions, MALDI, mass spectrometry, polyethylene, polystyrene


Wallace, W. , Guttman, C. , Fanconi, B. and Bauer, B. (2001), MALDI MS of Saturated Hydrocarbon Polymers: Polyethylene and Other Polyolefins, ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry, Chicago, IL, [online], (Accessed April 25, 2024)
Created April 30, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021