Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) @ Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Pharmacy

Institution Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Pharmacy
County Dublin
Technique Category Thermal Analysis
Technique Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

Basic Capabilities

Measurement of heat flow versus linear temperature scan or during an isothermal temperature programme. Thermal analysis, phase transition, measurement of heat capacity. Heating speed up to 500 C/min. DSC with hyperscan and temperature modulated programming (StepScan)


Equipment Make Perkin Elmer
Equipment Model Diamond DSC


Advantage of Technique/Equipment

High heating ramp (500 degrees C/min) can facilitate interpretation of some thermal analysis and avoid thermal degradation before the event of interest. StepScan helps to separate reversible from non-reversible heat flow signals (Tg detection). Effective low temperature measurements from -80 degrees C.

Limitations of Technique/Equipment Destructive technique. Sample may change during the analysis due to the thermal perturbation. Quantitative experiments require calibration.

Other Details

Containment Samples that require containment can be weighed in glove box and sealed in pans
Turnaround Time Days
Report yes
Interpretation yes
Data on Analyst Trained PhD student and Experienced postdoctoral researcher
Indicative Price €50 per one sample

Industry Recommendation


Dr. Anne Marie Healy

Quality & Systems Supports

Quality Management System in Place


Good Manufacturing Practice Status

Preventative Maintenance

Regular calibration



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