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Thermal Analysis: Differential Scanning Calorimetry


Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measures the amount of energy absorbed or released by a sample when it is exposed to a temperature change. This provides quantitative and qualitative data on endothermic and exothermic processes.

DSC is used to measure melting/crystallization behaviour, solid-solid transitions, polymorphism, degree of crystallinity, glass transition temperature, cross-linking reactions, oxidative stability, purity determinations, specific heat capacity and thermokinetics.

Various crucibles (pans) are available. A suitable pan needs to be chosen to avoid reactions with samples and with regard to the temperature range of the measurement.

Various chamber atmospheres are available: nitrogen, oxygen, air, argon, vacuum or a specific gas mixture.


Temperature range             -150°C to 2400°

Heating rate                        0.001 to 50 K/min  

Sensors                              TGA, TGA-DTA, TGA-DSC, TGA-DSCcp

Vacuum-tight                     10-4 mbar

Atmospheres                     Inert, oxidizing, static, dynamic, vacuum

Temperature resolution     0.001 K

Balance resolution             0.1 μg (over the entire weighing range)

Maximum sample load     35000 mg (incl. crucible), DSC: 0.19 ml, DTA: 0.9 ml

DSC enthalpy accuracy    ± 2% (for most materials)  

In house: TGA/DSC - MS Netzsch STA 449 FS QMS 403 C