Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC Analysis)
GPC (Gel Permeation Chromatography), also called Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), provides molecular weight data of polymers by separating analytes according to size.
A type of liquid chromatography, samples are typically dissolved in an organic solvent before filtering the solution and injecting it into a chromatography column. A molecular weight sensitive detector then monitors the concentration by weight of polymer in the eluting solvent.
Gel Permeation Chromatography offers:
- Identification of molecular weight distribution
- Separation of different molecular weight polymers
- Little chance of analyte loss occurring.
- Characterization of polymers (e.g. viscosity, strength)
- Understanding of polymer performance
- Analysis of polymer wearing and degradation
- Development of new products (understanding how polymers behave)
- QA/QC during polymer production.
Typical Industries using GPC:
- Polymer manufacturers/processors
- Medical device manufacturers who use polymers (e.g. in catheters)
- Bone cement manufacturers
- Consumer health
- Packaging manufacturers.