T. Stöhr, B. A. Wolf, K. Petzold and D. O. Klemm
"Continuous Polymer Fractionation of Polysaccharides using highly substituted trimethylsilylcellulose"
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 1998, 199, 1895-1900.
Abstract: Trimethylsilylcellulose (TMSC) was prepared from commercial cellulose with a mixture of hexamethyldisilazane and chlorotrimethylsilane in the solvent system N,N-dimethylacetamide/lithium chloride. The soluble, highly silylated polymer (degree of substitution, DS 2.9) had a molar mass (M) over bar(w) of 500 kg/mol and a molecular non-uniformity U = ((M) over bar(w)/(M) over bar(n)) - 1 of 2.9. In order to investigate the principal suitability of a continuous polymer fractionation for polysaccharides like cellulose derivatives and to obtain TMSC with different molecular weights and lower non-uniformity TMSC was fractionated by means of CPF (Continuous Polymer Fractionation), well-established in the field of synthetic polymers. The samples were fractionated using a mixed solvent, composed of toluene and dimethyl sulfoxide, and characterized by capillary viscometry, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and GPC-light scattering coupling. The molar masses of the fractions range from 110 to 600 kg/mol and their U values vary between 0.9 and 1.9. The intrinsic viscosities of TMSC in tetrahydrofuran at 25 degrees C and (M) over bar(w) are related by [eta] = K . M-w(a), where K = 0.0089 mL/g and a = 0.82.

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