The simultaneous thermal analyzer NETZSCH STA 449 F3 Jupiter allows the measurement of mass changes and thermal effects as a function of temperature.

Simultaneous Thermal Analysis generally refers to the simultaneous application of Thermogravimetry (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to one and the same sample in a single instrument. The advantages are obvious: The test conditions are perfectly identical for the TGA and DSC signals (same atmosphere, gas flow rate, vapor pressure on the sample, heating rate, thermal contact to the sample crucible and sensor, radiation effect, etc.). Furthermore, sample throughput is improved as more information can be gathered from each test run.

In NorBioLab, a simultaneous thermal analyzer NETZSCH STA 449 F3 Jupiter is located at RISE PFI in Trondheim. For contact information see here.

Temperature range: 25ºC to 1650ºC

Heating rates: 0,001 K/min to 50 K/min

Weighing range: 1 mg to 35000 mg

TG resolution: 0,1 µg (over entire weighing range)

Atmospheres: Inert, oxidizing, reducing, static, dynamic


DSC Possibilities: TGA Possibilities
 Melting/crystallization behavior Mass changes
 Solid-solid transitionsTemperature stability
 PolymorphismOxidation/reduction behavior
 Degree of crystallinityDecomposition        
 Glass transitionsCorrosion studies
 Cross-linking reactionsCompositional analysis
 Oxidative stabilityThermokinetics
 Purity Determination 
 Specific heat capacity 

Example 1: Combustion of coke:

Fig. 1 TG/DSC vs temperature for the combustion of coke in air, incl. combustion energy, onset temperature and residual mass


Example 2: Decomposition of Polylactic Acid (PLA):

Fig. 2 TG/DSC vs. temperature for the decomposition of PLA in nitrogen atmosphere, incl. glass transition temperature, melting temperature and melting energy, decomposition temperature and decomposition energy and residual mass

We have now launched the new web-page of NorBioLab. Here you can find information about the available infrastructure as well as contact information for each unit within the platform.

The Norwegian Biorefinery Laboratory (NorBioLab) is a national research infrastructure for bioenergy and biorefinery research, coordinated by RISE PFI and performed in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and NIBIO.

With advanced research tools, the laboratory aims to support the development of new climate- and environment- friendly processes and products based on forest, agricultural and marine biomass, and to verify new technological processes before further implementation.