We have two tools to analyize the thermal stability of various materials. First is a the Q50 thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) from TA Instruments. This compact, general purpose TGA offers integral mass flow control, gas switching capability, superb software, and ease-of-use. The Q50 can operate up to 1000 ºC with heating rates ranging from 0.1 to 100°C/min.




In addition we have a Perkin Elmer differential scanning calorimeter (DSC7). The DSC is is used to accurately measure melting points, glass transitions, and heats of fusion. Typical temperature range is from 10 to 400 ºC. The temperature scale is calibrated using a two-point calibration, measuring the onset temperatures of indium and zinc standards. The enthalpy scale is calibrated using the observed delta-H from an accurately known amount of indium.