A CRO Advances Polymer Characterization with Ultra High Performance Size Exclusion Chromatography

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Case Studies

Intertek’s Allentown facility (Allentown, PA, USA) is an ISO 17025 laboratory that provides advanced analytical expertise and capability for chemical & materials analysis and R&D.

The laboratory employs diverse techniques, including gel permeation chromatography (GPC) to analyze polymers, catalysts, surfactants, ceramics, nanomaterials, semiconductors, and medical device materials. GPC is a key tool for measuring polymer molecular weight distributions (MWD). MWD can change with processing and use resulting in degradation and the generation of low MW species in polymer distributions.

In an effort to better resolve low molecular weight polymers and solve previously unanswerable questions, Intertek Allentown implemented a solution consisting of the ACQUITY Advanced Polymer Chromatography (APC) System, ACQUITY APC Columns, and Empower 3 Chromatography Software.

Since adopting the APC technology, Intertek has applied the new method to numerous customer applications, demonstrating its flexibility and utility in the analysis of a wide variety of compound classes.

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