Certification and uncertainty evaluation of the certified reference materials of poly(ethylene glycol) for molecular mass fractions by using supercritical fluid chromatography

Takahashi, Kayori; Kishine, Kana; Matsuyama, Shigetomo; Saito, Takeshi; Kato, Haruhisa; Kinugasa, Shinicki
July 2008
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Jul2008, Vol. 391 Issue 6, p2079
Academic Journal
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is a useful water-soluble polymer that has attracted considerable interest in medical and biological science applications as well as in polymer physics. Through the use of a well-calibrated evaporative light-scattering detector coupled with high performance supercritical fluid chromatography, we are able to determine exactly not only the average mass but also all of the molecular mass fractions of PEG samples needed for certified reference materials issued by the National Metrology Institute of Japan. In addition, experimental uncertainty was determined in accordance with the Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM). This reference material can be used to calibrate measuring instruments, to control measurement precision, and to confirm the validity of measurement methods when determining molecular mass distributions and average molecular masses. Especially, it is suitable for calibration against both masses and intensities for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]


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