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

Our equipment

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) in order to determine 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).

Application notes

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

Internal users

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