Pyrolysis/mass spectrometry and pyrolysis/gas chromatography/mas spectrometry analysis of polymers

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The potential of pyrolysis/gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in the study of the chemical composition and structure of polymers and copolymers is demonstrated, and results obtained on polysilane copolymers, phenol‐formaldehyde polycondensates and diol modified epoxy resins are presented. Temperature/time‐resolved pyrolysis mass spectrometry, carried out in the direct inlet of a mass spectrometer, revealed the presence of monomer and oligomer residues and of volatile additives in epoxy resin samples. Basic information was also obtained on the mechanism of thermal decomposition reactions in polysilane copolymers and diol modified epoxy resins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry

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