Thermal Analysis

TAC2012 at the University of Nottingham 3-4 April 2012

On the 3-4 April this year, the TAC2012 will be hosted by the University of Nottingham on behalf of the Thermal Methods Group. The conference will be in the Department of Food Sciences building which was opened in 1997 at the rural Sutton Bonington Campus which offers an attractive and relaxing setting for the conference.

Food Sciences Building, University of NottinghamThe TMG committee is now asking for paper/poster contributions. The committee wishes to encourage early career scientists (especially PhD students) to contribute. With this in mind, there will be a Cyril Keattch early career scientist competition. There is also a theory based thermal analysis training session covering basic principles of DSC, DTA, and TGA on Monday 2nd April.

The TMG is affiliated to the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC) and collaborates closely with the European thermal analysis groups. The main objective of the group is to promote awareness of all thermo analytical, calorimetric and related thermal techniques by a range of activities, including a regular programme of scientific meetings and publications.

For further details please see the TMG website

Linkam will be attending this event. Hope to see you there!

By Caroline Feltham

Queens University, Belfast hosts the Thermal Analysis Conference 2011

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