Dual low-angle light scattering and refractometric detection coupled to size-exclusion chromatography provided proof for the presence of a low amount of stable aggregates/particles in ethyl(hydroxyethyl)cellulose. Unlike the correct size-exclusion chromatographic behavior of the parent polysaccharide itself, the aggregates exhibit variable size-dependent weak retention as a function of flow-rate and of ionic strength of the aqueous mobile phase. Therefore, determination of the molecular mass of non-aggregated polymer is possible in aqueous mobile phase containing 0.1 M NaCl under conditions at which aggregates are completely adsorbed on the column packing irrespective of the flow-rate used. Flow-rate and ionic strength-dependent variations of aggregate behavior as well as model size-exclusion experiments with latex particles indicate that they partly carry a minute charge and have a compact structure. Their weak retention under the separation conditions used suggests a difference in their surface chemistry when compared with the dissolved polymer coils which exhibit a correct size-exclusion behavior. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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