Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis determines the physical or chemical properties of a substance as it is heated, cooled, or held at a constant temperature. Solid state chemistry uses thermal analysis for studying reactions in the solid state, thermal degradation reactions, phase transitions and phase diagrams. Potential applications span a wide range of fields including oxidation stability, safety, drug analysis, sample purity, food science, polymers, and metals.


General Contact



Dennis Ndaya, Ph.D.


Campus Address

Institute of Materials Science
Science 1
Storrs Campus

Mailing Address

25 King Hill Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136



TA Instruments DMA Q800

A Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) measures the mechanical/rheological properties of a material as a function of time, frequency, temperature, stress and strain. DMA works on the principle of applying a force or a deformation to a sample, then sample’s response, which will be a deformation, or a force is measured.


TA Instruments DSC Q20

The Q-20 and the Q-100 are connected to RCS coolers and have a temperature range of -90°C to 400°C.The Q-100 has Modulated DSC capability. MDSC increases the amount of information that can be obtained from a single experiment. In addition to transition temperatures, melting and crystallization and heat capacity, modulated DSC provides an improved resolution of transitions that overlap or occur only a few degrees apart, an increased sensitivity to weak transitions, and separation of reversing and non-reversing phenomena.


TA Instruments TGA Q500-0188

  • The TA Instruments Q500 TGA offers a high temperature limit for your thermal analysis needs. The instrument measures the mass loss of a sample very accurately versus temperature.
  • The temperature can go from room temperature up to 1000 °C with a max ramp rate of 50°C/min.
  • Samples can be tested in an inert nitrogen environment or in air.
  • The automated sampler can accommodate 16 samples that will run in succession

TA Instruments SDT Q600

  • Simultaneous DSC-TGA measures both heat flow and weight changes in a material as a function of temperature or time in a controlled atmosphere.
  • Simultaneous measurement of these two material properties not only improves productivity but also simplifies interpretation of the results.
  • The complimentary information (DSC & TGA obtained allows differentiation between endothermic and exothermic events which have no associated weight loss (e.g., melting and crystallization) and those which involve a weight loss (e.g., degradation).

TA Instruments TMA Q400

  • TMA measures the dimensional changes of a sample as a function of temperature or time while it is subjected to defined mechanical stress or load under conditions of controlled force and atmosphere.
  • The modes of measurements includes Compression, Expansion, Penetration, Tension and 3-Point Bending

Bench Top IEC Model CL Clinical Centrifuge

Six 15 ml buckets. Variable speed control with a maximum speed of 7100 rpm.