American Polymer Standards Corporation

Providing Molecular Weight Determination Services, Polymer Standards and GPC Columns since 1983


American Polymer Standards Corporation is an independent contract laboratory specializing in molecular weight distribution analysis by various determination methods. Methods used are Gel Permeation Chromatography/Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC/SEC); Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering (MALLS) and Vapor Pressure Osmometry (VPO). We have extensive experience analyzing such materials as Nylon, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polyurethane, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Copolymers, etc...

As an independent laboratory APSC is committed to providing the highest quality characterization of your polymer samples. Our customers can be assured that as a independent laboratory confidentiality is a top priority with us. Expert witness services are also available.

APSC works closely with customers that require method development or that wish to have us perform analysis using the customers own method.

APSC offers a wide variety of organic and aqueous polymer standards. Polymer standards listed on this site are ideally suited for calibrating instruments and determining molecular weights of polymer samples by applications such as GPC/SEC, MALLS, VPO, etc. These polymer standards are only offered for research and investigational purposes and are not intended for Food, Drug, Cosmetic or Household use.

AM GPC Gel Columns are available in the solvent of your choice and are offered for a fraction of the price of other column producers. AM GPC Gel Columns are made of highly cross-linked ST-DVB copolymer for use with most organic solvents (e.g. DMF, NMP, DMSO, HFIP, THF, TCB etc...).

APSC offers the service of regenerating your old columns for a fraction of the cost of replacing them. In most cases we can have your columns regenerated and shipped back within 7 business days. Every regenerated column meets or exceeds new column specifications. All columns are shipped in the solvent of your choice.


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Organic GPC Standards

Polystyrene Polyethylene Terephthalate
Polymethyl Methacrylate Polybutylene Terephthalate
Polybutadiene Polytetrohydrofuran
Poly(Iso-Butylene) Cellulose Acetate
Polycarbonate Cellulose Triacetate
Polypropylene Glycol Nylon 6
Polyvinyl Acetate Nylon 6/6
Polyvinyl Chloride Polyacrylonitrile
Polvinyl Butyral Vinylidene Fluoride-hexafluoropropylene
Polydimethylsiloxane Polysulfone
Polypropylene Polylactic Acid
Polyethylene Polyisoprene


Aqueous GPC Standards

Polyacrylic Acid - Na Salt Polyvinyl Alcohol
Polymethacrylic Acid - Na Salt Hydroxypropyl Cellulose
Polyacrylamide Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
Polyethylene Glycol Carboxymethyl Cellulose - Na Salt
Polyethylene Oxide Poly (2-Vinylpyrlidine)
Polystyrene Sulfonate - Na Salt Polyvinylpyrrolidone
Dextran Poly(allylamine) Hydrochloride
Hydroxyethyl Starch Chitosan
Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Xanthan
Pullulan Guar Gum


Polymer Solubility Index for GPC

Polymer Solubility
acenaphehylene/MMA THF; DMF
acenaphthylene/Styrene/acrylic THF; DMF
acrylic/butadine/styrene THF; DMF
ABS (acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene) DMF; DMSO; THF
amides DMF
acrylimide/acrylic acid H2O+Na AC+KH2PO4; DMSO
acetylene (LMW) TCB; Toluene
acrylics Toluene; THF; DMF; DMSO
acrylonitrile/butadiene Rubber Toluene; DMF; TCB
Alkyd Resins Toluene; THF; chloroform; DMAc
alkyl Resins THF; chloroform
Apsphalt Toluene; THF; chloroform; DMF; TCB; m-cresol
Aromatic polyamide (KEVLAR) Insoluble In: TCB; DMF; m-cresol; HFIP; THF; Toluene; DMSO; NMP
alkyene glycols ODCB; Toluene; THF; chloroform
amide/imide DMF; DMAc; DMSO; DMF+LiBR
acrylonitrile DMF
acetels, Delrin DMAc at 140°C
acrylic acids H2O+0.05M NH4Ac+2% MEOH pH @ 7.2w/NH4OH
Amylose proprionate THF
Amylose Acetate THF
Amylose Butyrate THF
Acrylonitrile/Styrene THF
butene-1 ODCB; Toluene; TCB
Butyl Rubber ODCB; Toluene; TCB
butyl Methacrylate DMF
BUNA-N (cured) Insoluble In: THF; Toluene; TCB
butylene terephalate m-cresol
butadiene (CIS) ODCS; Toluene; TCB
butadiene/acrylic Toluene; DMF
butadiene/acrylic acid/acrylonitrile Toluene; DMF
butyl isocyacate THF
Carbowaxes ODCB, chloroform, DMF, TCB
Cellulose acetate THF, DMF
Cellulose nitrate THF
Coal Tar Pitches Soluble in all but H2O
Carboxylated SBR DMF
Chlorinated polyethylene (Chloroprene) TCB
Cellulose(Quarternary Amine Modified) DMSO; H2O
caprolatam m-cresol; HFIP
Carbonates ODCB; THF; TCB
Carboylated polybutadiene THF
Carboxy Methyl Cellulose H2O; DMF
Cis isoprene THF
Cellulose trinitrate THF
Dextran H2O, DMSO
dialkyl phthalate ODCB; Toluene; chloroform; TCB
dimethylsiloxanes ODCB; Toluene; chloroform; TCB
Drying oils ODCB; Toluene; chloroform; TCB; DMF
dodecylacylate THF
dioxalane THF
ethylene oxide THF; DMF; H2O; TCB
ethers Toluene; THF; DMF
epichlorohydran TCB
Epoxy Resins Toluene; THF; chloroform
etylene acrylates ODCB; Toluene; DMF; m-cresol
ethylene/vinyl acetate (EVA) TCB
ethylene/propylene ODCB; TCB
ethylene terephthalate (PET) m-cresol; HFIP
ethylene/acrylic acid (NA+form) TCB
ethylene/methylacrylate TCB
ethylene/hexane-1 TCB
esters m-cresol; HFIP; TCB; Toluene
ethylene/acrylic acid (ZN+form) acidify with glacial acetic acid, then TCB
Fatty Acids ODCB; THF; chloroform; TCB
Furfurylalcohol ODCB; THF; chloroform; TCB
Gelatins H2O; DMSO
glycerides ODCB; THF; TCB
glycol/glycerine polyesters DMF; DMF+0.005% LiBR
glycols ODCB; Toluene; THF; DMF; TCB
isoprene Toluene; TCB
isobutylene Toluene; THF
isocyanates Toluene; THF; DMF; chloroform
imides DMAc; DMF
imic acid NMP
Isopropylidene-1,4-Phenylene THF
KEVLAR (aromatic polyamide) Insoluble In: TCB; DMF; m-cresol; HFIP; THF; Toluene; DMSO; NMP
KYNAR (Vinylidene floride) DMF; DMAc; DMSO; cyclohexanone
Lignin sulfonates H2O
Lipids methylene chloride; THF
Melamines HFIP; m-cresol; TFA; TCB
methyl methacrylate Toluene; THF; DMF; m-cresol; DMAc
methacrylates TCB; DMF; THF
methyl methacrylate/styrene ODCB; Toluene; THF; chloroform
methyl Pentene TCB
NORYL (styrene/phenylene oxide) TCB
Neoprene Toluene; TCB
Nylon 4; 6; 6/6; 6/10; 12 m-cresol; HFIP
oxycarbonyloxy-1,4-Phenylene THF
oxypropylene THF
oxymethylene DMAc
octadecyl methacrylate DMF; DMSO at 140°C
octadecylvinylether THF
oxymaleoyloxhexamethylene THF
oxysuccinyloxhexamethylene THF
Polyols THF; DMF
Phenolic novalacs THF; chloroform
Pheonl formaldehyde Resins THF; TCB
phenylene oxide TCB
propylene ODCB; TCB
propylene oxide THF; TCB
propylene/butene-1 ODCB; TCB
Phenylene sulfide Reported to only be soluble in1-chloro-naphthalene at 235°C
Rubbers (uncured) Toluene; TCB; ODCB
Rubber, chlorinated Toluene; TCB
vinyl acetate ODCB; THF; DMF
vinyl alcohol H2O; DMF; DMSO
vinyl butyral THF; DMF
vinyl chloride Toluene; THF
vinyl floride DMF
vinyl methyl ethers THF; DMF
vinyl chloride/vinyl acetate/maleic acid DMF
vinyl alcohol/vinyl acetate DMF; DMSO
vinyl esters DMF; THF
vinylidene floride (KYNAR) DMAc; DMF; DMSO
VITON (vinylidene floride/hexafluropropylene) DMAc; isobutyl acetate
vinyl pyrrolidone/vinyl acetate DMF
vinyl acetate/ethylene DMF
vinyl acetate/ethylene/acrylate DMF
vinyl bromide THF
vinyl ferrocene THF
vinyl formal THF
Waxes (parrafins) ODCB; Toluene; THF; chloroform; DMF; TCB; m-cresol
Waxes (microcrystalline) ODCB; TCB

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American Polymer Standards Corporation * 8680 Tyler Blvd. * Mentor, OH 44060 * USA * Phone: 440-255-2211 * Fax: 440-255-8397