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Mass spectrometry in polymer chemistry: a state-of-the-art up-date

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Two decades after the introduction of matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI), soft ionization mass spectrometry represents a powerful toolset for the structural investigation of synthetic polymers. The present review highlights the current state-of-the-art, covering the latest developments of novel techniques, enabling instrumentation as well as the important applications of soft ionization MS from the beginning of 2008. Special attention is paid to the role that soft ionization MS has played in the mechanistic investigation of radical polymerization processes since 2005.

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Submitted
11 Nov 2009
Accepted
20 Dec 2009
First published
26 Jan 2010

Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 599-617
Article type
Review Article

Mass spectrometry in polymer chemistry: a state-of-the-art up-date

T. Gruendling, S. Weidner, J. Falkenhagen and C. Barner-Kowollik, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 599
DOI: 10.1039/B9PY00347A

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