Tips and Hints for Thermal Analysis Practice

Thermal analysis comprises a group of techniques that measure the physical or chemical properties of a sample as a function of temperature or time during heating, cooling or at a constant temperature. Applications in the chemical industry include the evaluation of reaction safety and scale-up, the analysis of chemical properties, and the investigation of crystallization processes.

Thermal analysis was first used as a standard method for the investigation of polymers. Today, it is a well-proven tool in the analysis of chemical compounds, with dedicated techniques and methods to evaluate reaction safety and scale-up, to analyze properties such as thermal stability, ageing, kinetics and melting behavior, and to follow crystallization, decomposition, sorption and other processes.

This thermal analysis handbook aims to help users navigate through the different measurement techniques, method parameters and sample preparation procedures available. It offers guidance on choosing the right thermal analysis technique and checking instrument performance, along with useful hints and tips on obtaining the best possible measurement results, covering:

  • Choosing the best technique for your measurements
  • How to design an experiment
  • Sample preparation
  • Calibration and adjustment

The handbook is complemented by an applications booklet describing the techniques and the theory behind thermal analysis applications used in the chemical industry, complete with relevant examples. Topics include:

  • A summary of thermal analysis techniques
  • What thermal analysis can do for chemicals
  • Applications and their thermal analysis techniques
  • Importance of ease of use for routine testing
  • Examples
  • Method development and validation
  • Instrument calibration and adjustment
  • Excellent crucibles and reference materials
  • Good thermal analysis practice