Uses For Differential Scanning Calorimetry

Differential scanning calorimetryDifferential scanning calorimetry is a process widely used for both quality testing and research in different industries. DSC is a technique to measure the difference in heat required to increase the temperature of a sample versus a known reference sample.

Using this technique, researchers and scientists are able to gather critical data before, during and after creation of different products for industries including the pharmaceutical industry, food science and more.

To understand this process and what it does for different industries, let’s take a look at three industry examples for Differential Scanning Calorimetry:

Drug Industry Analysis

One effective use for differential scanning calorimetry includes analysis in the pharmaceutical industry. Although not widely known, DSC plays an important role in the pharmaceutical industry.  It is important to have well-characterized drug compounds in order to define processing parameters.   For example, if a drug should be delivered as a liquid, it is important to process drug contents at temperatures below those of crystallization.

Chemical Analysis

During general chemical analysis, differential scanning calorimetry assists in different procedures, including purity analysis. Since less pure compounds show broader melting peaks at lower temperatures, DSC helps analyze the temperature range over the melting point of independent compounds.

Liquid Crystals

Differential scanning calorimetry assists in analyzing a third state of matter that some forms of matter go through when changing from a liquid to a solid.  The liquid of this ‘in between’ form is known as liquid crystalline and takes properties of both solid and liquid.  DSC observes the small energy changes of matter into the liquid crystal and isotropic liquid state.

Differential scanning calorimetry has many uses.  To determine if it is the best use for your sample and the type of data you are looking for you can contact Innovatech Labs by email or phone 877 740–LABS.

Want to learn more? Read this blog to explore examples of various chemical analysis methods and applications.


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