Polymer Analysis Reference from C.H.I.P.S.

Mass Spectrometry
of Polymers

edited by Giorgio Montaudo
and Robert P. Lattimer

  • Bridges the gap between traditional polymer analysis methods and the emerging field of polymer mass spectrometry
  • Outlines desorption/ionization methods to determine exact oligomer masses
  • Describes the use of mass spectrometry to determine absolute molecular weight distributions
  • Describes methods to determine the chemical structure of polymers, including monomer types, end groups, and microstructure
  • Discusses the characterization of additives, impurities, and degradation products in polymeric materials
  • Includes the most recent advances in matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry, already a standard tool for polymer analysis
  • Discusses time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, which is revolutionizing bulk polymer as well as surface characterization

Mass Spectrometry of Polymers effectively fills this need for a summary of progress made and results achieved. The discussion begins by introducing MS in detail, providing a historical perspective and a review of modern instrumentation and methods. The text then focuses on mathematical concepts and practical algorithms used in some of the major quantitative polymer applications of MS, providing a skillful prologue to polymer characterization techniques. Detailed chapters follow, describing the most relevant applications of MS to the analysis of polymers and the techniques currently employed.

Authored by internationally recognized experts from academia and industry, Mass Spectrometry of Polymers is the only state-of-the-art work available that deals systematically with this rapidly emerging discipline, and will be useful to both novices and experienced practitioners in polymer MS.


  1. Introduction to Mass Spectromety of Polymers
  2. Polymer Characteriztion Methods
  3. Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (Py-GC/MS)
  4. Electrospray Ionization (ESI-MS) and On-Line Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)
  5. Direct Pyrolysis into the Ion Source (DPMS)
  6. Field Ionization (FI-MS) and Field Desorption (FD-MS)
  7. Fast Atom bombardment (FAB-MS)
  8. Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (FT-MS)
  9. Laser Fourier Transform Mass spectrometry (FT-MS)
  10. Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionizationi Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS)
  11. Two-Step Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry

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Mass Spectrometry of Polymers
edited by Giorgio Montaudo and Robert P. Lattimer
2001 600 pages $198.95 + shipping

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