, Volume 69, Issue 5–6, pp 567–570 | Cite as

A New Inverse GC Method for Separating Surface Retention Volume from Total Retention Volume for Characterization of the Surface Properties of Polymers at Temperatures above T g

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This paper introduces a new inverse gas chromatographic method for separating surface retention volume (V s) from total retention volume (V n), to enable characterization of the surface properties of polymeric material with low T g. P(VDF-co-HFP) was chosen to prove the method. After correction for ‘inert’ solid support effect and extrapolation of the flow rate to zero, V s of every probe was separated successfully from V n. The surface properties of P(VDF-co-HFP) calculated from V s were: dispersive free energy 21.5 ± 0.2 mJ m−2, Lewis acid number, K a, 0.091 ± 0.002, and base number, K b, 0.209 ± 0.008.


Inverse gas chromatography Glass transition temperature Polymers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, College of ScienceNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinChina

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