Istanbul Technical University’s Department of Chemistry presented a study investigating the kinetics of polymerization of N-allyl maleamic acid (AMA) in efforts to come up with a new polymer that would inhibit a cyclo-polymer formation. The study, entitled “New Water-Soluble Polymer With Allyl Pendant Groups” made use of Brookhaven’s BI-MwA Molecular Weight Analyzer through a light scattering (LS) method, to obtain molecular masses of the polymers used for the purpose of this study.
The data gathered from the BI-MwA showed that polymers with allyl pendant groups were water-soluble and established that N-allyl maleamic acid did not form cyclo-polymers. The study showed that maleate double bonds were involved in the radical polymerization and the allyl groups remained unreacted.
Macromolecular samples often have a range of molecular weights making it a delicate aspect in scientific investigation. Scientists should employ equipment that determines accurate measurements and offers flexibility to accommodate variations in the distribution of molecular weight. Brookhaven’s BI-MwA offers both accuracy and flexibility. This molecular weight analyzer is not only simple to use, high performing and convenient, but it also allows measurement of both molecular weight distribution and average molecular weight.