Compositional Analysis of the High Molecular Weight Ethylene Oxide-Propylene-Oxide Copolymer by MALDI Mass Spectrometry

Orwa Jaber Housheya, Charles Wilkins

Abstract


The composition of narrow distribution poly ethylene oxide-propylene oxide copolymer (Mw ~ 8700 Da) was studied using matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry. The ethylene oxide-propylene oxide copolymer produced oligomers separated by 14 Da. The average resolving power over the entire spectrum was 28,000. Approximately 448 isotopically resolved peaks representing about 56 oligomers are identified. Although agreement between experimental and calculated isotopic distributions was strong, the compositional assignment was difficult. This is due to the large number of possible isobaric components. The purpose of this research is resolve and study the composition of high mass copolymer such as ethylene oxide-propylene oxide.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ijc.v4n3p14

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International Journal of Chemistry   ISSN 1916-9698 (Print)   ISSN 1916-9701 (Online)

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