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  • 1 Institute for General and Analytical Chemistry Technical University of Budapest H-1521 Budapest Hungary
  • | 2 Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales Centro Mixto Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (C.S.I.C.)-Universidad de Sevilla Apartado 1115 41080 Sevilla Spain
  • | 3 Departamento de Farmacia y Tecnología Farmacéutica. Facultad de Farmacia Universidad de Sevilla C/Profesor Garcia González s/n 41080 Sevilla Spain
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In the present study, the effect of the molecular weight and thermal treatments on commercial polyethylene glycols (PEG) samples used in the pharmaceutical processing technology, has been analyzed using DSC and HSM. The molecular weight of these polymers range from 1500 to 200000. Thermal investigations on the melting behavior of original PEG samples (as received from the manufacturer) showed only one single melting DSC endotherm effect before 373 K. This fact was associated to the presence of only one type of polymeric chain. Using standard conditions, PEG samples were solidified from the melt at 373 K, either by flash cooling (using liquid nitrogen and an ice bath) and by slow cooling, soaked and by slow cooling at room temperature. They were further studied by DSC. It was found that after cooling, PEG with molecular weight 1500 and 15000 showed DSC thermograms with a single endothermic peak. However, thermograms for PEG 4000 and 6000 produced a splitted melting endotherm. This fact was attributed to the presence of two types of chains, that are the folded and extended chains.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
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Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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ISSN 1388-6150 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2926 (Online)