Thermal analysis is the study of the relationship between a sample property and its temperature. Applications include:

  • Evaluation of thermal stability
  • Detection of the glass transition
  • Determination of the amount of volatile matter in a sample
  • Measurement of melting point temperature and enthalpy
  • Analysis of the viscoelastic behaviour

Want to learn how we do thermal analysis?

Browse our thermal & polymer characterisation library to learn how we detect glass transitions, how we measure molecular mass distributions and more thermal analysis methods.

Visit our Moodle course, topic: Thermal & Polymer Characterisation to watch introductory videos on our techniques (internal users only).

Our equipment

We host the following four instruments:

Instrument Name Manufacturer Temperature range Comment
Thermogravimetric analyser (TGA) Setsys Evolution TGA 16/18 Setaram 30°C to 1000°C coupled with a mass spectrometer for evolving gas analysis
Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) DSC Q20 TA Instruments -80°C to 400°C for solid samples
Microcalorimeter MicroSC multicell calorimeter Setaram -20°C to 180°C large volume cells, for liquid and solid samples
Dynamic mechanical analyser (DMA) DMA1 Mettler Toledo -170°C to 600°C for films and bars in bending, tension, compression and shear

We also provide Size Exclusion Chromatography (formerly know as Gel Permeation Chromatography, GPC) that measures the distribution of molecular masses in a polymer. The instrument is a 1260 GPC/SEC MDS from Agilent, equipped with a differential refractive index detector, a viscometer detector and a dual angle light scattering detector, and the mobile phase is tetrahydrofuran (THF).