Quantitative Analysis of Step-Growth Polymers by Size Exclusion Chromatography

Josef Brandt, Naomi L. Haworth, Friedrich Georg Schmidt, Brigitte Voit, Michelle L. Coote, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Albena Lederer

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We report an advanced analysis protocol that allows to quantitatively study the course of step-growth reactions by size exclusion chromatography on the example of the depolymerization of a Diels-Alder polymer based on a furane/maleimide couple at elevated temperatures. Frequently occurring issues of molar mass calibrations and overlap of monomer with solvent signals are addressed for determining reliable molar masses. Thereby, even kinetic parameters (e.g., rate coefficients) can be derived that otherwise would require performing additional spectroscopic experiments. Our results confirm first-order behavior of the rDA reaction with an activation energy of 33 kJ mol-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1028
Number of pages6
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Polymers
  • Chromatography
  • Step-Growth
  • molar mass
  • kinetic
  • spectroscopic


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