Peter Schoemakers | Authors


SCM-X 2021 Preview

The International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules (SCM-X) will take place virtually, from 27 to 29 January 2021, with the live event potentially taking place in 2023. This preview offers a flavour of what visitors can look forward to from SCM-X’s “Zoomposium”.

The Rising Profile of Comprehensive 2D LC

Some members of the separation science community are still not yet convinced of the value of comprehensive two‑dimensional liquid chromatography (LC×LC). They feel that the large increase in separation power (that is, in peak capacity: the number of component peaks that may possibly be separated) may be compromised by losses in sensitivity and robustness of the separation. However, the chairmen of HPLC 2017 will have seen a great number of abstracts come their way from scientists who want to change this perception.

On-line SEC–Py-GC–MS for the Automated Comprehensive Characterization of Copolymers

Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and pyrolysis-gas chromatography (Py-GC) are commonly used to characterize copolymers. SEC is a powerful method to determine the molecular-weight distribution of polymers whereas Py-GC provides valuable information on their chemical composition. The combination of these two techniques could yield combined size and composition information for copolymers or polymer mixtures. A fully automated system was constructed to perform these two-dimensional (2D) characterizations. Several examples of the use of this new technique to comprehensively characterize polymers are described.