Polymers are widely spread used, nowadays.Every day a person comes in contact with dozens of polymers. As it’s well known, the main problem regarding these compounds is the presence of residual contaminants that can migrate from a product. Usually, residual contaminants are residues of the manufacturing process of polymers or additives and/or coating materials, and can be
present even at high concentration levels. Their quantification is fundamental to assess the quality of the material.
The sample preparation, in some cases, can be the bottleneck in an analytical method. The Static Headspace Sampling technique, coupled with a Gas Chromatograph, is the common approach for the analysis of volatiles in polymers. The use of a High Temperature Static Headspace, with an incubation temperature of up to 300°C, avoids the need of dissolving the polymer in a high boiling point solvent: the sample is simply placed directly into the vial and automatically processed and analyzed.
In the present work, the operative parameters of the DANI Master SHS Static Headspace Sampler
have been optimized to perform the qualitative and quantitative analysis of volatiles in polymers.
The results presented hereunder have been obtained from different raw polymeric materials.

AN_129_High Temperature Static Headspace for the Analysis of Volatiles in Polymers