Analysis of Chain Branch of Polyolefins by a New Proton NMR Approach

Minhwan Jung, Yura Lee, Sooyoung Kwak, Heeyong Park, Byoungsoo Kim, Sulhee Kim, Kwang Hwan Lee, Hye Sung Cho, Kwang Yeon Hwang

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Abstract

The crystallinity of polyethylene, which significantly affects the properties of the polymer, is quite sensitive to the concentration of its branches. Thus, it is necessary to estimate branch concentration with reasonable accuracy. Currently, 13C NMR and gel permeation chromatography-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are widely-used analysis methods for the analysis of branch concentration. Despite several advantages, these methods sometimes have limitations. For instance, the preparation of samples for 13C- NMR is tedious because high-concentration samples are required and the time for analysis is greater than 12 h. To more efficiently estimate the branch concentration of polyethylene, we developed a new high-field 1H NMR method with an improved peak resolution by employing (1) homonuclear decoupling and (2) 2D heteronuclear correlation. The new method was observed to significantly reduce the experimental time to ∼30 min; furthermore, sample preparation was relatively simple because the method did not require high-concentration samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1516-1520
Number of pages5
JournalAnalytical chemistry
Volume88
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry

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