Differential Scanning Calorimetry Blog Posts

What is Chemical Analysis?

A woman in a lab uses chemical analysis to solve manufacturing issuesChemical analysis can be used to determine a chemical’s identity or the identity of its components. To give some context to how chemical analyses can be used in manufacturing and production, here are some examples of chemical analysis methods and applications for them:

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry – GC/MS Analysis

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry is used to qualitatively identify unknown materials by comparing a sample’s mass spectrum to a large reference library of spectra. GC/MS analysis is also used quantitatively to determine the concentration of the components within a sample. Materials can be analyzed with GC/MS if they are liquid, gas, or are a compound off gassed by a solid.

How Safe Is Your Medicine?

Differential Scanning Calorimetry Testing pillsEaster was just a few weeks ago, and if you have any chocolate bunnies left, you may unwrap them only to find their lustrous brown color has turned a dull, flat gray.

Not very appealing, but the chocolate is still okay to eat — the gray coating is a result of sugar crystallization, and is simply a result of temperature variations during storage. That’s good to know if you have young children who dive into their candy baskets with abandon.

The Effect of Temperature

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