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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 30, Number 2
BKCSDE 30(2)
February 20, 2009 

Analysis of Minor Additives and Polymer in Used-stripper Using Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry and Electrospray Mass Spectrometry
Jeongboon Koo, Chang Hyun Park, Cheol Han, Yun Cheol Na*
Novolac, Stripper, Photoresist, Pyrolysis, Electrospray ionization
The trace polymer and additives in used stripper solutions were analyzed by a combination of Py-GC/MS and ESI-MS. In the comparison of the pyrolysates produced by the pyrolysis of the pure stripper and photoresist at 500 ℃, the presence of novolac polymer in the used stripper was confirmed by the presence of the characteristic peaks of its pyrolysates, such as those of the methylphenol, di-methylphenol and methylenebis(methylphenol) isomers. The intact trace polymer was measured by ESI-MS, which showed the distribution of oligomers at intervals of 120 Da, indicating di-methylphenol to be the repeat unit. Additional MS/MS measurements demonstrated that the end group is methylphenol and the repeat groups are di-methylphenol. Some modified oligomers caused by the methylation or di-methylation of the repeat unit were also identified. Although the polymer is only present at a trace level in the used stripper, these combined analytical methods provided the means to qualify the stripper solution through the identification and structural determination of the polymer.
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