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Fundamentals of DSC Analysis

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is the most frequently used thermal analysis technique alongside TGA, TMA and DMA. DSC is used to measure enthalpy changes due to changes in the physical and chemical properties of a material as a function of temperature or time. The method allows you to identify and characterize materials.

Originally presented: May 23, 2024
Duration: 1 hour
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DSC is the method of choice to determine thermal quantities, study thermal processes, and characterize or just simply compare materials. Sample preparation is easy and requires only small amounts of material. The technique is ideal for quality control, material development and material research.


DSC can be used to analyze and study polymers such as thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers and adhesives, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and chemicals in general. The method yields valuable information relating to processing and application conditions, quality defects, identification, stability, reactivity, chemical safety and the purity of materials.

In this webinar, we will discuss the basic principles of DSC and present some interesting application examples.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the basic measurement principles of DSC
  • Learn the advantages of using different temperature programs
  • Know the most important applications from different industries
  • Discover the power of the many different results you can get by the investigation by DSC
  • Explore the DSC 5+: Power compensation and heat flux modes


Dr. Angela Hammer, Analytical Chemist, METTLER TOLEDO

Dr. Angela Hammer studied chemistry, and during her dissertation at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland, she specialized in the development of immobilized components in ion-selective electrodes based on polyurethane membranes.

She then joined Sika Technology AG in Zurich, Switzerland, as an analytical chemist. In 2007 she joined Mettler-Toledo AG and has worked there since as application specialist for thermal analysis. In her present position Hammer uses, teaches and supports DSC, TGA, TMA and DMA instruments at the Mettler-Toledo AG head office in Switzerland.