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SILVERIO, Flaviano Oliveira; BARBOSA, Luiz Cláudio Almeida and PILO-VELOSO, Dorila. Pyrolysis as an analytical technique. Quím. Nova [online]. 2008, vol.31, n.6, pp. 1543-1552. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422008000600045.
In this paper historical aspects of analytical pyrolysis, the equipment used, the fundamentals and the mechanisms of pyrolysis of different polymeric materials are discussed. The latest work on analytical pyrolysis applied to various types of synthetic and natural samples is reviewed. Current applications of this technique that are discussed include identification of microorganisms, analysis of trace compounds by forensic laboratories, investigation of food and agricultural products, study of the chemical composition of wood, authentication and conservation of artworks, and the study of environmental and geochemical samples.
Keywords : Py-GC-MS; degradation mechanism; polymeric materials.