Using Volcano Plots to Compare Vinyl Acetate Resin Samples Measured by Pyrolysis GC-MS

First Published: JEOL USA September 2018.

Advances in mass spectrometry are enabling analysis of micro samples and unknown components that were not observable before. As the volume of information acquired from mass spectrometry increases, researchers are calling for simple techniques to analyze the numerous components observed, and as a result, there is a rise in demand for comprehensive analytical techniques including multiple classification analysis.  In this work, we analyzed 2 samples in a high resolution GC-TOFMS, using EI, the most widely used ionization technique for GC-MS, and compared the data acquired by using a comprehensive analytical technique.

As model samples, 6 commercial vinyl acetate resins (adhesives) were used. A gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometer (GC-TOFMS) was used for the measurements. Since emulsion samples including adhesives are difficult to analyze without preliminary treatment, the samples were subjected to pyrolysis. Also, a column shorter than a typical GC column was used along with a Fast GC temperature sequence to speed up the measurement process. The data acquired was examined using SpectralWorks AnalyzerPro, and 2 samples were compared by the Volcano Plot. Table 1 shows the pyrolysis fast GC/TOFMS measurement conditions.

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