Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) - Part 3: Water as eluent (ISO 13885-3:2020)

This document specifies the determination of the molar-mass distribution and the average molar mass values Mn (number average) and Mw (weight average) of polymers that are soluble in water by gel permeation chromatography (GPC).
NOTE   Also known as size exclusion chromatography (SEC).
This method is applicable to neutral polymers and polyanions (e.g. polycarboxylates, polysaccharides, fully hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohols and high-molecular polyethylene oxides). It is not applicable to polycations [e.g. polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyvinylpyridine, salts of poly(diallyl N,N dimethyl azacyclopentane), chitosan].
Despite good solubility in the mobile phase and even though the chromatograms obtained show good repeatability, it is possible that this method cannot be used with certain polymer types because of specific interactions (e.g. adsorption) within the sample/eluent/column system (see also Clause 12).
The conditions specified in this document are not applicable to the GPC analysis of polymer samples with Mw values greater than 106 g/mol and/or polymers with elution limits outside the calibration range (see 7.6 and Annex C).
This document includes no correction methods (e.g. for the elimination of peak broadening). If absolute molar mass values are required, an absolute method (e.g. membrane osmometry for Mn or light scattering for Mw) can be used.

Gelpermeationschromatographie (GPC) - Teil 3: Wasser als Elutionsmittel (ISO 13885-3:2020)

Dieses Dokument legt die Ermittlung der Molmassenverteilung und der Molmassenmittelwerte Mn (Zahlenmittel) und Mw (Gewichtsmittel) von wasserlöslichen Polymeren durch Gelpermeationschromatographie (GPC) fest.
ANMERKUNG Im Englischen auch als „size exclusion chromatography“ (SEC), übersetzt „Größenausschlusschromatographie“, bekannt.
Dieses Verfahren ist anwendbar auf neutrale Polymere und Polyanionen (z. B. Polycarboxylate, Polysaccharide, vollverseifte Polyvinylalkohole und hochmolekulare Polyethylenoxide). Es ist nicht anwendbar auf Polykationen [z. B. Polyvinylpyrrolidon, Polyvinylpyridin, Salze des Poly(diallyl-N,N-dimethyl-azacyclopentan), Chitosan].
Trotz guter Löslichkeit in der mobilen Phase und guter Wiederholbarkeit der resultierenden Chromatogramme ist es auf Grund spezifischer Wechselwirkungen (z. B. Adsorption) in dem System aus Probe/Elutionsmittel/Trennmaterial möglich, dass dieses Verfahren auf einzelne Polymere nicht angewandt werden kann (siehe auch Abschnitt 12).
Die in diesem Dokument festgelegten Bedingungen sind nicht anwendbar bei GPC-Analysen von Polymerproben mit Mw-Werten größer 106 g/mol und/oder von Polymeren, deren Elutionsgrenzen außerhalb des Kalibrierbereiches liegen (siehe 7.6 und Anhang C).
Dieses Dokument umfasst keine Korrekturverfahren (z. B. Elimination der Peakverbreiterung). Wenn absolute Molmassenwerte benötigt werden, kann auf ein Absolutverfahren (z. B. Membranosmometrie für Mn oder Lichtstreuung für Mw) zurückgegriffen werden.
WARNUNG - Dieses Dokument kann den Umgang mit gefährlichen Substanzen und Ausrüstungsteilen und die Ausführung gefährlicher Arbeitsgänge einschließen. Es erhebt nicht den Anspruch, auf alle gegebenenfalls vorhandenen und mit seiner Anwendung verbundenen Sicherheitsprobleme hinzuweisen. Es liegt in der Verantwortung des Anwenders, geeignete Vorkehrungen für den Arbeits‑ und Gesundheitsschutz zu treffen und die Übereinstimmung mit jeglichen nationalen Bestimmungen sicherzustellen.

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO 13885-3:2021
01-november-2021
Gelska permeacijska kromatografija (GPC) - 3. del: Voda kot izpiralna tekočina
(eluent) (ISO 13885-3:2020)
Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) - Part 3: Water as eluent (ISO 13885-3:2020)

Gelpermeationschromatographie (GPC) - Teil 3: Wasser als Elutionsmittel (ISO 13885-

3:2020)

Chromatographie par perméation de gel (GPC) - Partie 3: Eluant à l'eau (ISO 13885-

3:2020)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO 13885-3:2021
ICS:
87.060.20 Veziva Binders
SIST EN ISO 13885-3:2021 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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EN ISO 13885-3
EUROPEAN STANDARD
NORME EUROPÉENNE
September 2021
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
ICS 87.060.20
English Version
Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) - Part 3: Water as
eluent (ISO 13885-3:2020)

Chromatographie par perméation de gel (GPC) - Partie Gelpermeationschromatographie (GPC) - Teil 3:

3: Eluant à l'eau (ISO 13885-3:2020) Wasser als Elutionsmittel (ISO 13885-3:2020)

This European Standard was approved by CEN on 23 August 2021.

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European foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 3

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European foreword

The text of ISO 13885-3:2020 has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 35 "Paints and

varnishes” of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and has been taken over as

EN ISO 13885-3:2021 by Technical Committee CEN/TC 139 “Paints and varnishes” the secretariat of

which is held by DIN.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an

identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by March 2022, and conflicting national standards shall

be withdrawn at the latest by March 2022.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

Any feedback and questions on this document should be directed to the users’ national standards body.

A complete listing of these bodies can be found on the CEN website.

According to the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organizations of the

following countries are bound to implement this European Standard: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,

Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of

North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the

United Kingdom.
Endorsement notice

The text of ISO 13885-3:2020 has been approved by CEN as EN ISO 13885-3:2021 without any

modification.
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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 13885-3
First edition
2020-07
Gel permeation chromatography
(GPC) —
Part 3:
Water as eluent
Chromatographie par perméation de gel (GPC) —
Partie 3: Eluant à l'eau
Reference number
ISO 13885-3:2020(E)
ISO 2020
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Contents Page

Foreword ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Principle ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

5 Apparatus ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

5.1 Eluent supply ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.2 Pump ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3 Injection system ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

5.4 Separation columns ............................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.5 Column temperature control ...................................................................................................................................................... 5

5.6 Detector ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

6 Reagents ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6

7 Calibration of the apparatus .................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.2 Specification for the calibration standard ....................................................................................................................... 6

7.3 Preparation of the calibration solutions for injection ........................................................................................... 7

7.4 Conditions for calibration runs ................................................................................................................................................. 7

7.5 Measurement of elution volume .............................................................................................................................................. 7

7.6 Plotting the calibration curve ..................................................................................................................................................... 7

8 Sampling ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8

9 Preparation for the test ................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

9.1 Preparation of the injection solution ................................................................................................................................... 8

9.2 Preparation of the apparatus ...................................................................................................................................................... 9

10 Analytical parameters ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

11 Data acquisition and evaluation ........................................................................................................................................................... 9

11.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

11.2 Calculation of the net chromatogram from the raw data ................................................................................10

11.2.1 Determination of the baseline ...........................................................................................................................10

11.2.2 Correction of the measured values and of the net chromatogram ....................................10

11.2.3 Evaluation limits ...........................................................................................................................................................10

11.3 Calculation of the average values .........................................................................................................................................10

11.4 Calculation of the distribution curves ..............................................................................................................................11

12 Precision ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

12.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................12

12.2 Repeatability ..........................................................................................................................................................................................12

12.3 Reproducibility ....................................................................................................................................................................................12

13 Test report ................................................................................................................................................................................................................13

13.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................13

13.2 General data on the equipment and settings .............................................................................................................13

13.2.1 Data on the equipment used ...............................................................................................................................13

13.2.2 Calibration ..........................................................................................................................................................................13

13.2.3 Evaluation ...........................................................................................................................................................................14

13.3 Special data on the sample ........................................................................................................................................................14

Annex A (informative) Conversion of experimental parameters for variant column sizes ......................15

Annex B (informative) Example of a data sheet for a polymer standard .....................................................................16

Annex C (informative) Explanations ..................................................................................................................................................................18

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Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................23

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Foreword

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bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

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ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

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different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www .iso .org/ directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

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iso/ foreword .html.

This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 35, Paints and varnishes.

A list of all parts in the ISO 13885 series can be found on the ISO website.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www .iso .org/ members .html.
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Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) —
Part 3:
Water as eluent

WARNING — This document can involve hazardous materials, operations or equipment. It

does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the

responsibility of the user to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to ensure

compliance with any national regulatory conditions.
1 Scope

This document specifies the determination of the molar-mass distribution and the average molar

mass values M (number average) and M (weight average) of polymers that are soluble in water by gel

n w
permeation chromatography (GPC).
NOTE Also known as size exclusion chromatography (SEC).

This method is applicable to neutral polymers and polyanions (e.g. polycarboxylates,

polysaccharides, fully hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohols and high-molecular polyethylene oxides).

It is not applicable to polycations [e.g. polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyvinylpyridine, salts of

poly(diallyl-N,N-dimethyl-azacyclopentane), chitosan].

Despite good solubility in the mobile phase and even though the chromatograms obtained show good

repeatability, it is possible that this method cannot be used with certain polymer types because of

specific interactions (e.g. adsorption) within the sample/eluent/column system (see also Clause 12).

The conditions specified in this document are not applicable to the GPC analysis of polymer samples

with M values greater than 10 g/mol and/or polymers with elution limits outside the calibration

range (see 7.6 and Annex C).

This document includes no correction methods (e.g. for the elimination of peak broadening). If absolute

molar mass values are required, an absolute method (e.g. membrane osmometry for M or light

scattering for M ) can be used.
2 Normative references

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and are

indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated

references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 1513, Paints and varnishes — Examination and preparation of test samples
ISO 4618, Paints and varnishes — Terms and definitions

ISO 15528, Paints, varnishes and raw materials for paints and varnishes — Sampling

3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 4618 and the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
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3.1
gel permeation chromatography
GPC

separation of molecules, mainly based on exclusion effects such as differences in size and/or shape of

molecules (size exclusion chromatography) or in charge (ion exclusion chromatography)

[SOURCE: ISO 13885-1:2020, 3.1]
3.2
system peak

signal peculiar to the gel permeation chromatography (3.1) using a refractive index detector

Note 1 to entry: These signals appear at the total penetration limit of the columns and are not part of the sample,

but of the overall system.
[SOURCE: ISO 13885-1:2020, 3.2]
3.3
polycation

water-soluble polymer that carries permanent positive charges or forms temporary cationic structures

due to its pK value under the measurement conditions
3.4
polyanion

water-soluble polymer that carries permanent negative charges or forms temporary anionic structures

due to its pK value under the measurement conditions
3.5
neutral polymer

water-soluble polymer that carries no charges and forms o-charged groups or structures under the

measurement conditions
4 Principle

The dissolved (molecularly disperse) molecules of a polymer sample are fractionated on a porous

column material, with separation taking place according to the size of the molecule (or, more precisely,

the polymer coil size which forms in this eluent). Small molecules diffuse into the pores of the column

material more frequently and are therefore retarded more than large molecules. Thus, large molecules

are eluted earlier, small molecules later. Under the test conditions given, the elution volume is solely a

function of the coil size of the molecule.

The polymer content of a sample is determined, the sample is then diluted with eluent to give a

concentration of less than 5 g/l and an aliquot of the diluted sample is injected into the GPC system. The

concentration of the molecules eluted from the column is measured in order of decreasing coil size with

a concentration-sensitive detector (typically a differential refractometer). With the aid of a calibration

curve that has been determined for the particular GPC system, the relative molar-mass distribution, the

relative quantities M and M and the heterogeneity or polydispersity M /M are calculated from the

n w w n
chromatogram obtained.
5 Apparatus

The apparatus shall consist of the components shown in Figure 1, which are described below.

All components which come into contact with the eluent or the sample solution shall not exhibit any

adsorption and memory effects and shall not exhibit any expansion effects at the increased temperature.

The eluent described in Clause 6 can cause corrosion in the case of long-term use. For this reason, it is

necessary that high-quality steel, titanium, polyetherketones or polytetrafluoroethylene are used for

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all components and that the individual modules are connected to one another by means of capillary

tubes made of high-quality steel or titanium.
Figure 1 — Block diagram of a GPC apparatus
5.1 Eluent supply

The eluent reservoir shall adequately protect the eluent against external influences such as the

atmosphere, if necessary by means of a blanket of inert gas above the liquid level.

The eluent reservoir shall contain a sufficient quantity of the eluent to bring the apparatus to

equilibrium and to carry out several repeat analyses.

The eluent shall be degassed, either before it is introduced into the reservoir or by use of a device fitted

between the reservoir and the pump, to prevent malfunctions of the pump or the formation of bubbles

in the detector. The method of degassing used (e.g. bubble trap, online purging with helium or vacuum

degassing) is open to choice.
5.2 Pump

The pump shall ensure that the eluent flow through the separation column is as smooth and pulse-free

as possible. The flow rate shall be 1 ml/min (see Annex A). To fulfil these requirements, the pump shall

operate at optimum efficiency at this flow rate.
The flow rate of the pump used shall have a variation of max. 0,1 %.

It shall be ensured that the specifications required in 5.6 for detector noise can be adhered to by means

of an appropriate pump structure or a downstream pulsation damper.
5.3 Injection system

The injection system serves to introduce a given amount of the sample solution into the eluent stream

in a rapid and smooth fashion. This introduction can be carried out either manually or automatically.

If the introduction is carried out manually, ensure that the sample loop is filled completely with solvent

before loading with the sample.

Memory effects from the previous sample solution in the injection system shall be avoided by design

measures or by adequate flushing.
5.4 Separation columns

The apparatus shall have one or more columns connected in series and packed with spherical porous

material, the diameter of the pores corresponding to the size of the polymer molecules being analysed.

The packing material typically consists of an acrylate copolymer, produced by a special polymerization

process, with OH functionality and without basic groups. The packing material shall swell only slightly

in the eluent and therefore cannot deform under the pressure developed at the set flow rate.

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To keep adsorptive interactions between the packing material surface and the polymer molecules

to be investigated as low as possible, silica phases and modified silica phases shall not be used.

Furthermore, the sample being analysed shall not be changed, either chemically or structurally, within

the chromatographic system.

Certain polymers interact with the surface of the packing material (e.g. by adsorption), and other

effects can sometimes interfere with the GPC separation mechanism. Details of such effects and notes

on possible remedies are discussed in Annex C. If it is intended to compare analyses of such polymers by

different laboratories, the laboratories shall agree on details of the test conditions that are not covered

by this document.

For good repeatability of test results, it is necessary to adhere to the minimum requirements specified

below with regards to peak broadening (expressed in terms of a number of theoretical plates) and

separation efficiency.
a) Number of theoretical plates

The number of theoretical plates, N, shall be determined, for the apparatus used per metre

of column used, from the peak width at half height (see Figure 2). Inject up to 20 µg of ethylene

glycol on to each column under the same test conditions as are used for analysing polymers; the

injection volume shall not exceed 20 µl (see Annex A). Evaluate the chromatogram obtained using

the Formula (1):
 
100
N =×55, 4   × (1)
 
W L
1/2
 
where
V is the elution volume measured at the peak maximum;

W is the peak width at half height (see Figure 2); the same units shall be used for V and W ;

1/2 e 1/2
L is the length of the column (column combination), in centimetres.

Express as the result the number of theoretical plates per metre of column length. To conform to the

requirements of this document, a column combination shall have at least 10 000 theoretical plates

per metre.

NOTE See Annex C for tailing and fronting (asymmetry) of the peak used to calculate the plate count.

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Key
X elution volume
Y peak intensity
1 injection
V elution volume measured at the peak maximum
W peak width at half height of the peak
1/2
h maximum peak height
σ standard deviation

Figure 2 — Determination of the number of theoretical plates by the half-height method

b) Separation efficiency

To ensure adequate resolution, the log M versus elution volume, V , calibration curve for the

10 e

column combination used shall not exceed a specified gradient. For the purposes of this document,

the relation given in Formula (2) shall apply in the area of the peak maximum for the polymer

sample under investigation:
VV−
e,M
e,()10×M
>60, (2)
where
V is the elution volume for pullulan of molar mass, M , in cubic centimetres;
e,M x
V is the elution volume for 10 times that molar mass, in cubic centimetres;
e,1()0×M
A is the cross-sectional area of the column, in square centimetres;

M is the molar mass of pullulan; it shall be selected such that the peak maximum for the

polymer sample under investigation lies approximately halfway between these two
elution volumes.
5.5 Column temperature control

Carry out the test at room temperature (15 °C to 35 °C) or at a higher temperature of max. 40 °C. The

temperature of the column shall not change by more than 1 °C during the analysis (see Annex C).

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
oSIST prEN ISO 13885-3:2021
01-maj-2021
Gelska permeacijska kromatografija (GPC) - 3. del: Voda kot izpiralna tekočina
(eluent) (ISO 13885-3:2020)
Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) - Part 3: Water as eluent (ISO 13885-3:2020)

Gelpermeationschromatographie (GPC) - Teil 3: Wasser als Elutionsmittel (ISO 13885-

3:2020)

Chromatographie par perméation de gel (GPC) - Partie 3: Eluant à l'eau (ISO 13885-

3:2020)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: prEN ISO 13885-3
ICS:
87.060.20 Veziva Binders
oSIST prEN ISO 13885-3:2021 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 13885-3
First edition
2020-07
Gel permeation chromatography
(GPC) —
Part 3:
Water as eluent
Chromatographie par perméation de gel (GPC) —
Partie 3: Eluant à l'eau
Reference number
ISO 13885-3:2020(E)
ISO 2020
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Contents Page

Foreword ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Principle ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

5 Apparatus ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

5.1 Eluent supply ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.2 Pump ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3 Injection system ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

5.4 Separation columns ............................................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.5 Column temperature control ...................................................................................................................................................... 5

5.6 Detector ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

6 Reagents ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6

7 Calibration of the apparatus .................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

7.2 Specification for the calibration standard ....................................................................................................................... 6

7.3 Preparation of the calibration solutions for injection ........................................................................................... 7

7.4 Conditions for calibration runs ................................................................................................................................................. 7

7.5 Measurement of elution volume .............................................................................................................................................. 7

7.6 Plotting the calibration curve ..................................................................................................................................................... 7

8 Sampling ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 8

9 Preparation for the test ................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

9.1 Preparation of the injection solution ................................................................................................................................... 8

9.2 Preparation of the apparatus ...................................................................................................................................................... 9

10 Analytical parameters ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

11 Data acquisition and evaluation ........................................................................................................................................................... 9

11.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9

11.2 Calculation of the net chromatogram from the raw data ................................................................................10

11.2.1 Determination of the baseline ...........................................................................................................................10

11.2.2 Correction of the measured values and of the net chromatogram ....................................10

11.2.3 Evaluation limits ...........................................................................................................................................................10

11.3 Calculation of the average values .........................................................................................................................................10

11.4 Calculation of the distribution curves ..............................................................................................................................11

12 Precision ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

12.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................12

12.2 Repeatability ..........................................................................................................................................................................................12

12.3 Reproducibility ....................................................................................................................................................................................12

13 Test report ................................................................................................................................................................................................................13

13.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................13

13.2 General data on the equipment and settings .............................................................................................................13

13.2.1 Data on the equipment used ...............................................................................................................................13

13.2.2 Calibration ..........................................................................................................................................................................13

13.2.3 Evaluation ...........................................................................................................................................................................14

13.3 Special data on the sample ........................................................................................................................................................14

Annex A (informative) Conversion of experimental parameters for variant column sizes ......................15

Annex B (informative) Example of a data sheet for a polymer standard .....................................................................16

Annex C (informative) Explanations ..................................................................................................................................................................18

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INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 13885-3:2020(E)
Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) —
Part 3:
Water as eluent

WARNING — This document can involve hazardous materials, operations or equipment. It

does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the

responsibility of the user to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to ensure

compliance with any national regulatory conditions.
1 Scope

This document specifies the determination of the molar-mass distribution and the average molar

mass values M (number average) and M (weight average) of polymers that are soluble in water by gel

n w
permeation chromatography (GPC).
NOTE Also known as size exclusion chromatography (SEC).

This method is applicable to neutral polymers and polyanions (e.g. polycarboxylates,

polysaccharides, fully hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohols and high-molecular polyethylene oxides).

It is not applicable to polycations [e.g. polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyvinylpyridine, salts of

poly(diallyl-N,N-dimethyl-azacyclopentane), chitosan].

Despite good solubility in the mobile phase and even though the chromatograms obtained show good

repeatability, it is possible that this method cannot be used with certain polymer types because of

specific interactions (e.g. adsorption) within the sample/eluent/column system (see also Clause 12).

The conditions specified in this document are not applicable to the GPC analysis of polymer samples

with M values greater than 10 g/mol and/or polymers with elution limits outside the calibration

range (see 7.6 and Annex C).

This document includes no correction methods (e.g. for the elimination of peak broadening). If absolute

molar mass values are required, an absolute method (e.g. membrane osmometry for M or light

scattering for M ) can be used.
2 Normative references

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and are

indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated

references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 1513, Paints and varnishes — Examination and preparation of test samples
ISO 4618, Paints and varnishes — Terms and definitions

ISO 15528, Paints, varnishes and raw materials for paints and varnishes — Sampling

3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 4618 and the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
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3.1
gel permeation chromatography
GPC

separation of molecules, mainly based on exclusion effects such as differences in size and/or shape of

molecules (size exclusion chromatography) or in charge (ion exclusion chromatography)

[SOURCE: ISO 13885-1:2020, 3.1]
3.2
system peak

signal peculiar to the gel permeation chromatography (3.1) using a refractive index detector

Note 1 to entry: These signals appear at the total penetration limit of the columns and are not part of the sample,

but of the overall system.
[SOURCE: ISO 13885-1:2020, 3.2]
3.3
polycation

water-soluble polymer that carries permanent positive charges or forms temporary cationic structures

due to its pK value under the measurement conditions
3.4
polyanion

water-soluble polymer that carries permanent negative charges or forms temporary anionic structures

due to its pK value under the measurement conditions
3.5
neutral polymer

water-soluble polymer that carries no charges and forms o-charged groups or structures under the

measurement conditions
4 Principle

The dissolved (molecularly disperse) molecules of a polymer sample are fractionated on a porous

column material, with separation taking place according to the size of the molecule (or, more precisely,

the polymer coil size which forms in this eluent). Small molecules diffuse into the pores of the column

material more frequently and are therefore retarded more than large molecules. Thus, large molecules

are eluted earlier, small molecules later. Under the test conditions given, the elution volume is solely a

function of the coil size of the molecule.

The polymer content of a sample is determined, the sample is then diluted with eluent to give a

concentration of less than 5 g/l and an aliquot of the diluted sample is injected into the GPC system. The

concentration of the molecules eluted from the column is measured in order of decreasing coil size with

a concentration-sensitive detector (typically a differential refractometer). With the aid of a calibration

curve that has been determined for the particular GPC system, the relative molar-mass distribution, the

relative quantities M and M and the heterogeneity or polydispersity M /M are calculated from the

n w w n
chromatogram obtained.
5 Apparatus

The apparatus shall consist of the components shown in Figure 1, which are described below.

All components which come into contact with the eluent or the sample solution shall not exhibit any

adsorption and memory effects and shall not exhibit any expansion effects at the increased temperature.

The eluent described in Clause 6 can cause corrosion in the case of long-term use. For this reason, it is

necessary that high-quality steel, titanium, polyetherketones or polytetrafluoroethylene are used for

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all components and that the individual modules are connected to one another by means of capillary

tubes made of high-quality steel or titanium.
Figure 1 — Block diagram of a GPC apparatus
5.1 Eluent supply

The eluent reservoir shall adequately protect the eluent against external influences such as the

atmosphere, if necessary by means of a blanket of inert gas above the liquid level.

The eluent reservoir shall contain a sufficient quantity of the eluent to bring the apparatus to

equilibrium and to carry out several repeat analyses.

The eluent shall be degassed, either before it is introduced into the reservoir or by use of a device fitted

between the reservoir and the pump, to prevent malfunctions of the pump or the formation of bubbles

in the detector. The method of degassing used (e.g. bubble trap, online purging with helium or vacuum

degassing) is open to choice.
5.2 Pump

The pump shall ensure that the eluent flow through the separation column is as smooth and pulse-free

as possible. The flow rate shall be 1 ml/min (see Annex A). To fulfil these requirements, the pump shall

operate at optimum efficiency at this flow rate.
The flow rate of the pump used shall have a variation of max. 0,1 %.

It shall be ensured that the specifications required in 5.6 for detector noise can be adhered to by means

of an appropriate pump structure or a downstream pulsation damper.
5.3 Injection system

The injection system serves to introduce a given amount of the sample solution into the eluent stream

in a rapid and smooth fashion. This introduction can be carried out either manually or automatically.

If the introduction is carried out manually, ensure that the sample loop is filled completely with solvent

before loading with the sample.

Memory effects from the previous sample solution in the injection system shall be avoided by design

measures or by adequate flushing.
5.4 Separation columns

The apparatus shall have one or more columns connected in series and packed with spherical porous

material, the diameter of the pores corresponding to the size of the polymer molecules being analysed.

The packing material typically consists of an acrylate copolymer, produced by a special polymerization

process, with OH functionality and without basic groups. The packing material shall swell only slightly

in the eluent and therefore cannot deform under the pressure developed at the set flow rate.

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To keep adsorptive interactions between the packing material surface and the polymer molecules

to be investigated as low as possible, silica phases and modified silica phases shall not be used.

Furthermore, the sample being analysed shall not be changed, either chemically or structurally, within

the chromatographic system.

Certain polymers interact with the surface of the packing material (e.g. by adsorption), and other

effects can sometimes interfere with the GPC separation mechanism. Details of such effects and notes

on possible remedies are discussed in Annex C. If it is intended to compare analyses of such polymers by

different laboratories, the laboratories shall agree on details of the test conditions that are not covered

by this document.

For good repeatability of test results, it is necessary to adhere to the minimum requirements specified

below with regards to peak broadening (expressed in terms of a number of theoretical plates) and

separation efficiency.
a) Number of theoretical plates

The number of theoretical plates, N, shall be determined, for the apparatus used per metre

of column used, from the peak width at half height (see Figure 2). Inject up to 20 µg of ethylene

glycol on to each column under the same test conditions as are used for analysing polymers; the

injection volume shall not exceed 20 µl (see Annex A). Evaluate the chromatogram obtained using

the Formula (1):
 
100
N =×55, 4   × (1)
 
W L
1/2
 
where
V is the elution volume measured at the peak maximum;

W is the peak width at half height (see Figure 2); the same units shall be used for V and W ;

1/2 e 1/2
L is the length of the column (column combination), in centimetres.

Express as the result the number of theoretical plates per metre of column length. To conform to the

requirements of this document, a column combination shall have at least 10 000 theoretical plates

per metre.

NOTE See Annex C for tailing and fronting (asymmetry) of the peak used to calculate the plate count.

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Key
X elution volume
Y peak intensity
1 injection
V elution volume measured at the peak maximum
W peak width at half height of the peak
1/2
h maximum peak height
σ standard deviation

Figure 2 — Determination of the number of theoretical plates by the half-height method

b) Separation efficiency

To ensure adequate resolution, the log M versus elution volume, V , calibration curve for the

10 e

column combination used shall not exceed a specified gradient. For the purposes of this document,

the relation given in Formula (2) shall apply in the area of the peak maximum for the polymer

sample under investigation:
VV−
e,M
e,()10×M
>60, (2)
where
V is the elution volume for pullulan of molar mass, M , in cubic centimetres;
e,M x
V is the elution volume for 10 times that molar mass, in cubic centimetres;
e,1()0×M
A is the cross-sectional area of the column, in square centimetres;

M is the molar mass of pullulan; it shall be selected such that the peak maximum for the

polymer sample under investigation lies approximately halfway between these two
elution volumes.
5.5 Column temperature control

Carry out the test at room temperature (15 °C to 35 °C) or at a higher temperature of max. 40 °C. The

temperature of the column shall not change by more than 1 °C during the analysis (see Annex C).

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5.6 Detector

Use a differential refractometer detector. The cell volume shall not exceed 0,010 ml (see Annex A).

NOTE For the restriction to a single detector type, see Annex C.

The detector response obtained using the injection amounts specified in this document shall, at the

lowest setting for electronic damping, exhibit a noise level of less than 1 % of the maximum height of

the polymer peak.

The signals from the detector are recorded by means of an electronic data system (see Clause 11 for

details).
6 Reagents

A solution of sodium chloride (analytical quality), c(NaCl) = 0,1 mol/l, in water of grade 1 according to

ISO 3696 (conductivity: <0,01 mS/m, extinction at 254 nm and 1 cm optical path length: 0,001) is used

as the eluent. The pH value is adjusted to 7,5 to 8,5 using an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution. Other

components shall not be added.

Discard the eluent used to condition the columns or to perform the analyses, and do not return it to the

eluent reservoir.
7 Calibration of the apparatus
7.1 General

The method is not an absolute one and requires calibration with commercially available unbranched

pullulan standards that have been characterized by independent absolute methods. The results for

samples of polymers with different chemical structures are therefore only comparable within groups of

samples of the same type.

Calibrate the GPC apparatus with a series of unbranched pullulan samples of narrow molar mass

distribution (see Annex C) and whose molar masses have been determined by independent, absolute

methods. Glucose, maltose and maltotriose are used for calibration in the low-molar-mass range. The

result is a calibration curve for the evaluation of GPC analyses of unbranched polymethyl methacrylate

samples. If this calibration curve is used to analyse samples of other compositions, containing molecules

with other structures, the results shall be expressed as the “pullulan molar mass equivalents”.

7.2 Specification for the calibration standard

The molar-mass distribution of the standards shall be narrower than the limits given below as a

function of the molar mass at the peak maximum, M :
M < 2 000 g/mol M /M ≤ 1,3
p w n
2 000 g/mol ≤ M < 400 000 g/mol M /M ≤ 1,2
p w n
400 000 g/mol ≤ M M /M ≤ 1,5
p w n

The following minimum requirements shall be fulfilled in the characterization of each individual

pullulan standard used for calibration:

a) at least one average molar mass value, M , M or M , shall be determined by an absolute method;

n w z
b) at least one method shall be used to determine the molar-mass distribution;
c) all the parameters involved in the method used shall be indicated;
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d) the results and data for each batch analyzed shall be presented in a comprehensible form for the user.

NOTE An example of a data sheet is given in Annex B.

If the calibration standards give a shoulder on either side of the peak, pre-peaks or a tailing peak, the

area represented by these anomalies shall be less than 2,0 % of the peak area, otherwise the calibration

standard shall be rejected.
7.3 Preparation of the calibration solutions for injection

Dissolve the calibration standards in the eluent at ambient temperature without shaking or stirring.

The minimum dissolving time is 12 h. Then homogenize the solutions carefully. Store the solutions at

ambient temperature.

The soaking periods are relatively long during dissolving of the calibration standards. The solutions

shall not be shaken during the soaking phase so that the polymer chains do not tear.

Filter the solutions manually through a 0,2 µm to 0,45 µm membrane filter. If the filter shows signs of

blocking, the solution is unsuitable for calibration purposes.
The solutions shall be used within 48 h.
Several calibration standards may be
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