Instrument: DSC

Differential scanning calorimeter used for to measure changes in a material’s heat capacity as it is heated or cooled. This allows for the detection of thermal transitions including melts, crystallizations, glass transition temperatures, and phase changes


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Post author: Nicole McMillan. Last update: 20/01/2016 at 9:14 am by Nicole McMillan.



Dr. Phil Wright

Phone: 9903 9020



Manufacturer: PerkinElmer, DSC8500. Installed 2013.

DSC 8500 featues a power compensated double furnace design enabling high accuracy and precision for a variety of applications. Hyphenation to Raman spectrophotometer available

Benefits of the DSC

– Fast thermal response enabling high heating/cooling rates and precise temperature control
– Accurate heat flow measurement
– Autosampler available for up to 96 samples
– Modulated DSC available

Technical features and specifications

Temperature performance:
– Temperature range -70 to 600 °C
– Accuracy ± 0.5 °C
– Precision ± 0.008 °C
– Heat/cool rate 0.01 to 750 °C/min
Calorimetric performance:
– Dynamic range ± 800 mW
– Accuracy <± 0.2%
– Precision <± 0.03%
– 96 sample autosamples
– Modulated DSC available
– Hyphenation to Raman spectrophotometer available.


Capacity: We encourage greater utilisation
Operation: User operated training provided, User or facility staff operate, User or facility staff operate pricing may vary
Access: Access pricing may vary, Book it on ARIN, External researcher use available