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Using Different Thermal Analysis Techniques to Measure Glass Transition

Glass transitions occur in all non-crystalline or semicrystalline materials and lead to significant changes in material properties such as thermal expansion, specific heat capacity, or modulus. This webinar discusses how to use thermal analysis to characterize glass transitions.

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 10 AM EDT (7 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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The basic requirement for a glass transition is a sufficiently large degree of molecular disorder, at least in one direction. During the glass transition, the material changes from the elastic to the viscoelastic state. The glass transition is influenced by the degree of crystallinity, crosslinking, plasticizers, blends, and fillers.

The webinar covers the basic theory of the glass transition and related thermal analysis techniques and methods such as DSC, TMA and DMA. Attendees will learn about relevant industry applications as well as practical applications of these techniques.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the basic theory of the glass transition
  • Learn the advantages of the 3 main TA techniques, DSC, TMA and DMA, to measure the glass transition
  • Get the information in which industry glass transition temperatures can be of interest


Dr. Jürgen Schawe, Senior Scientist Thermal Analysis, Mettler-Toledo

Jürgen E. K. Schawe was awarded a Ph.D. in solid state physics in 1984. After that, Dr. Schawe worked at the University of Rostock in the Polymer Physics Group, and from 1992 to 1999 for calorimetry of the University of Ulm. Since 1999 he has worked for Mettler-Toledo AG in Schwerzenbach, Switzerland. Dr. Schawe is a senior application scientist for Material Characterization. He was awarded the 2010 STK Award of Applied Chemical Thermodynamics by the Swiss Society for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. To date, Dr. Schawe has published 62 articles in scientific journals and has been awarded 4 patents.