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Comprehensive analysis of branched polyethylene: the multiple preparative fractionation concept

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Abstract

The branching distributions in low density polyethylene (LDPE) which originate from the radical polymerization processes can be expressed as short chain branching (SCB) and long chain branching (LCB). Since both molecular size and branching influence the physical properties of LDPE, structure–property correlations can be established only if these parameters are determined quantitatively. For the comprehensive analysis of branched polyethylene, we propose a multiple preparative fractionation approach. Using a representative low density polyethylene, we demonstrate how selective preparative fractionation provides fractions with different molar masses and branching architectures for offline analyses. More specifically, we show that preparative molar mass fractionation (pMMF) provides fractions with different molar masses but similar branching while preparative temperature rising elution fractionation (pTREF) can produce fractions with similar molar masses but different branching. These fractions (in mg quantities) can be analyzed consecutively by nuclear magnetic resonance, thermal analysis or micromechanics to yield selective and quantitative correlations between molecular size (molar mass), short chain and long chain branching.

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The article was received on 29 May 2017, accepted on 02 Jul 2017 and first published on 03 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00893G
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 4565-4575
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    Comprehensive analysis of branched polyethylene: the multiple preparative fractionation concept

    P. S. Eselem Bungu and H. Pasch, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 4565
    DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00893G

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