Being exceptionally versatile, thermal analysis is the most popular family of techniques we offer:
Thermal analysis (TGA; TGA/FTir; STA/MS)
Analysis of reactions by monitoring sample weight and/or heat flow against time and temperature.
Three thermo-gravimetric analysers are available in the ERI Analytical Laboratory. All three instruments are fitted with automatic gas switching accessories to change the atmosphere in the furnace quickly and repeatedly, whilst one TGA can be connected to the FTir spectrometer via a heated transfer line for analysis of the gases evolved during the experimental run.
A Mettler Toledo TGA/DSC 1 system allows simultaneous investigation of the weight loss and heat flows of the sample and can be connected to a mass spectrometer for evolved gas analysis.
Thermal analysis is a very versatile technique that can be used to characterise materials and gain valuable information on chemical reactions. Some recent example applications include proximate analysis of solid fuels, investigation of advanced adsorbent materials for carbon dioxide capture from flue gases and investigation of the properties of novel catalysts.