Investigating inks for imaging, analysing materials for the atomic weapons establishment and playing around with pyrotechnics – these are just a few of the applications of our stages that I was introduced to during my attendance at the TAC 2011.
The thermal analysis and calorimetry conference held at the Queens University, Belfast focused on the application of the thermal analysis technologies in pharmaceutical, chemical, polymer and petrochemical manufacturing thereby bringing together scientists from a broad range of disciplines.
The talks that particularly captured my attention were the applications of thermoanalytical techniques to cultural heritage - specifically, investigating environments in display cases in museums, and the analysis of complex organic systems used in the manufacture of fuel and lubricants for high profile racing cars.
As you can see the subject matter was varied, and although this conference was not dedicated to thermal microscopy alone, it provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our instruments. It was also a great chance to chat to scientists who currently use our systems After a long day discussing cutting edge thermal analysis it was time for analysis of a different kind - culinary - as we retired from the seminar rooms to the banquet, laid on for us in the University's Great Hall.
Posted by Rosie Hider