Benefits and Applications of Advanced Polymer Chromatography— The Next Generation of SEC/GPC Analysis
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Benefits and Applications of
Advanced Polymer Chromatography -

The Next Generation of SEC/GPC Analysis
Thursday December 5th 2013
8:00a.m. PST / 11:00a.m. EST / 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEDT
Michael J. O'Leary,
Principal Scientist Laboratory Manager Chemical Materials Business Operations,
Waters Corporation
Britt Erickson,
Senior Editor,
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Traditionally, size exclusion or gel permeation chromatography (SEC/GPC) is used for the characterization of polymeric material, specifically their molecular weight distribution. In order to resolve polymeric species, long column lengths and banked column configurations are commonly used, resulting in lengthy analytical test cycle times as well as the associated consumption of costly and often hazardous solvents. Additionally, many test sets suffer from minimal replicate data points due to the typical analysis time resulting data with limited statistical weighting.

Taking advantage of the advances in chromatographic separations instrumentation along with innovative and robust column technology, the Waters® ACQUITY® Advanced Polymer Chromatography® (APC™) System allows for improved resolution of polymer distributions with significantly shorter chromatographic run times and associated reduction in total analysis cycle time. The benefits of the APC approach to molecular weight characterization will be illustrated with a number of applications highlighting the impact this approach can have for the polymer chemist, engineer and analytical scientist.


- Identify the requirements for an advanced chromatographic system to meet the needs for determination of molecular weight distributions.

- Understand the numerous technical and financial benefits of reduced analysis cycle time.

- Expand the utility of polymer analysis to include material development, process refinement and final product testing.

- See where the innovative separation approach can allow for a deeper understanding of polymeric properties and their variation.

  • • Chemists /Scientists
  • • R&D Managers
  • • Laboratory Managers / Directors / Supervisors
  • • Laboratory Technicians / Operators
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