Differential Scanning Calorimetry


Thermal Properties

Netzsch DSC 200 F3 Maia
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is one of the most frequently used techniques in the field of thermal characterization of solids and liquids. This method can be used for the analysis of energetic effects such as:

  • specific heat
  • melting/crystallization behavior
  • solid-solid transitions
  • polymorphism
  • degree of crystallinity
  • glass transitions
  • cross-linking reactions
  • oxidative stability
  • decomposition behavior
  • purity determination

This instrument is installed at the Bioenergy & Biofuels LAB and has been funded by the Free-University of Bozen-Bolzano Fundation.
Principle of measurament

The sample is placed inside a crucible which is then placed inside the measurement cell (furnace) of the DSC system along with a reference pan which is normally empty. By applying a controlled temperature program (isothermal, heating or cooling at constant rates), caloric changes can be characterized.

Principle of measurament of DSC