Pyrolysis GC-MS

The Pyrolysis GC-MS is a coupling technique that allows the analysis of smallest sample amounts. In the so-called pyrolysis step the sample material is quickly heated beyond its thermal decomposition point (usually >500°C) in absence of oxygen.

Thus the molecules are thermally “cracked” into smaller volatile fragments which are then transferred into the GC-MS for identification. The evaluation of the fragment mixture can be used to identify the chemical nature of the original sample.

This way detailed information about the chemical characteristics of unknown polymers (rubbers, adhesives, plastics, etc.) and their additives (plasticizers, stabilizers, antioxidants, etc.) can be obtained.


  • Characterization of polymers
  • Additive analysis of polymers

Technical Specifications

PerkinElmer - CLARUS SQ 8 GC/MS and TGA4000

PerkinElmer - CLARUS 680 (GC without Autosampler)

  • Oven temperature: 30°C to 330°C/350°C
  • Packed-column injector, 50 ˚C to 330°C/350°C
  • Elite-5 Capillary Column - 30 m x 0.25 mm I.D. x 0.25 μm

PerkinElmer - CLARUS SQ 8T (MS)

  • Source: PerkinElmer SMARTsource™
  • Ionization Type: EI
  • Filament: Marathon™
  • Mass Range 1.0 – 1,200 u (amu)
  • Detector Clarifi™
  • Analyzer: Quadrupole with pre-filter
  • Temperature Settings SMARTsource: Settable 50 ˚C – 350 ˚C
  • GC transfer line: Settable 50 ˚C – 350 ˚C

PerkinElmer - TGA 4000

  • Temperature range: Ambient to 1000°C
  • Scanning rates: 0.1 - 200 °C/min
  • Balance capacity: 1500mg
  • Resolution: 0.2 µg
  • Purge gases: N2, Air, O2


Chemical and Physical Analytics

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