TA Instruments invites graduate students and post docs to submit applications briefs to TA’s highly visible applications library. Participating authors will receive an award certificate and cash prize and top contributors may win a travel stipend or instrumentation award.


TA Instruments has a long history of partnering with our academic colleagues and supporting fundamental research in the areas of Thermal Analysis, Rheology, Microcalorimetry and Thermophysical Properties. With the goal of supporting cutting-edge research, over the last decade TA Instruments has provided over $25,000,000 in supplementary instrumentation funding to academia. Building on this commitment, we are pleased to introduce the new TA Instruments Student Applications Award Program.

The TA Instruments Student Applications Award is available to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers working in non-profit research institutions. Through this program, the contributor will prepare a succinct applications brief on a topic relevant to a major TA Instruments customer group. All submissions will be reviewed by TA Instruments technical staff and/or academic consultant network. Accepted applications briefs will be published online as a permanent addition to our industry-leading Applications Library, which is accessed by over 10,000 researchers every year.

The author of an accepted applications brief will receive a $250 stipend and Award Certificate. As judged by our Review Panel, the author of the best paper in each discipline (Thermal Analysis, Rheology, Microcalorimetry, or Thermophysical Properties) will also receive a $500 stipend to attend the scientific conference of his or her choice.


  1. Review the list of recommended topics.
  2. Using the form provided, submit a short (less than 300 words) abstract detailing your proposed application topic. You will receive a response within 2 weeks; either an approval, or recommendations for eventual approval.
  3. If approved, prepare your paper for publication using the standard TA Instruments Applications template and guidelines found here: Your submitted paper must be received within 90 days of abstract approval. In some cases, original data files will be requested as well.
  4. Coordinate with TA Instruments technical staff on the editing and formatting of your paper including appropriate plotting, presentation and discussion of your data. The author has responsibility to interpret and present data and findings correctly and clearly. TA Instruments and the Review Panel will provide guidance as appropriate.
  5. Within 30 days of final acceptance and publication, you will receive an Award Certificate and stipend check for $250. The best paper and research group awards will be announced in December, 2013.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 1, 2013.

application directory


These topics are of particular interest for potential applications notes. Other topics are always welcome. In particular, notes that discuss the practical or operational details of an experimental technique are especially welcome. Feel free to contact us to discuss other topics you may like to pursue.
Thermal Analysis Rheology Microcalorimetry Thermophysical Properties
    • Quantitative TGA-FTIR or TGA-MS (Quantitative Gas Analysis)
    • TGA Kinetics Studies
    • Photocalorimetry Applications (including MDSC)
    • Oxidative Induction Time (OIT) Measurements
    • Influence of Different N2/Air Mixture on Decomposition of Polymers
    • Lyophilization Studies Using DSC & MDSC
    • Gas Sorption Studies Using TGA
    • PDSC Kinetics Studies
    • High Heating Rate TGA for Fire Simulation and Decomposition Processes.
    • Evaluation of Stability and Physical Aging of Biopolymers By DSC and MDSC
    • Examples of Direct Heat Capacity Measurements With the Discovery DSC: Polymers, Metals, Composites
    • Modulated TMA and Dynamic TMA examples
    • TGA-EGA Applications In Pharmaceuticals, Cement, Explosives
    • TGA for substrate/coatings samples
    • Heat Capacity Measurements in Energy Storage Applications (Ionic Liquids, Molten Salts, etc.)
    • DSC-Raman studies (e.g. cocrystals / polymorphs)
    • Modulated TGA Applications
    • Pressure DSC for Vapor Pressure Measurements
    • Crystallization Behavior of Lithium Ion Conducting Glass Ceramics As Separators for Lithium Ion Based Batteries
    • DSC Studies of Eutectic Melting
    • CTE of Low CTE Films
    • Sorption Studies: Coefficient of Hygroscopic Expansion, Moisture-Enhanced Crystallization, Amorphous Content Determination
    • TGA as an alternative to OIT Measurements
    • What is a Glass Transition?
    • How is a Glass Transition Measured by DSC and DMA?
    • DSC Studies of Thermosets
    • DSC Measurements on Highly Crosslinked Polymer Foams
    • DSC Measurements on Emulsions
    • DSC for Thermoporometry e.g. Pulp Applications Or Catalysts
    • TGA-FTIR Applications
    • DSC, TGA, DMA for Elastomers and Rubbers
    • High Temperature DSC/TGA
    • Constant Reaction Rate TGA Applications
    • Rheology of Biomaterial Gels Cured With UV
    • Thermosetting composites
    • Rheology of Food Products
    • Rheology Applications and Techniques on Pharmaceutical Compounds
    • Rheology Application on Biodegradable Polymers Like PLA or Cellulose
    • Rheology Applications on Cements Or Mineral Slurries
    • Rheology of Oil Sands
    • Dielectric Measurements on RSA, ARES, and DHR
    • DMA-RH of Powders
    • DMA of Frozen Solutions (e.g .Tg for Lyophilization)
    • Alternative Approaches to Test Standards (Similar to The DTUL by DMA/TMA)
    • The Effects of Drying of Hygroscopic Materials (Nylon, PET, Polycarbonate) on Rheological Parameters
    • Normal force Measurements With DHR and/or ARES
    • Asphalt Testing
    • Building Material Rheology
    • SALS and Rheology Examples
    • Monitoring UV Curing of Thermosets By Rheology to Characterize Degree of Cure (Modulus Crossover) and Shrinkage (Change In Normal force)
    • Creep TTS on DMA and Rheometers
    • Thermal Curing of Composite Materials with Carbon Nanotube Dispersions
    • Rheological Characterization of Pigments/Paints/Printing Ink
    • Rheology of Dense Clay Suspensions, Concrete Slurries and Investigation into Curing Kinetics
    • Rheology of Dense Clay Suspensions, Concrete Slurries and Investigation into Curing Kinetics
    • Rheology of Blood
    • Stability of Dispersions Over Temperature Extremes
    • Electrorheology
    • TTS for Solids (DMA): How/When to Use
    • UV and photo-curing rheology
    • Enzyme Kinetics with Nano ITC and TAM ITC
    • Strong Binders and Binding Affinity Estimated with Nano DSC
    • Amorphous Contents In Excipients SolCal, RH Perfusion
    • Reaction Kinetics, Closed Ampoules At Different Temperatures and Arrhenius plots with TAM
    • DSC for Studying Enzyme Kinetics
    • Pressure Perturbation Calorimeter on The DSC to Evaluate Solvent Effects
    • Using Pressure Perturbation Calorimetry to Evaluate Waters Extruded From Active Sites
    • ITC Applications Focusing on Molecular Level Engineering of Sol Gels and Hydrogels in Both the TAM Nanocalorimeter with ITC and Nano ITC.
    • Studying Cellular Metabolism in the TAM III
    • Studying Microbial Growth In The Macrocalorimeter or TAM Air
    • Battery Stability and Charge/Discharge in the TAM III
    • Soil Sample Testing in the Macrocalorimeter
    • Solution Calorimetry to Determine Amorphous Content
    • Protein Protein Interactions Nano ITC, Nano DSC
    • - Single site binding
    • - Multiple site binding
    • - Cooperative site binding
    • - Sequential site binding
    • Nano ITC Analysis Using Organic Solvents
    • Energetics Studies Using the TAM III Macrocalorimeter
    • Building Materials Studies Using the TAM Air 3 Channel Calorimeter
    • Quantitative Sorption (Absorption/Adsorption) Isotherms By Combined TAM III RH Perfusion / Q5000 SA, for Complete Thermodynamic Description of Sorption Behavior
    • Solubility Determinations by TAM III ITC
    • Studies of Colloid Chemistry and Prediction About Stability
    • Thermophysical Properties of Ceramics
    • Quench Dilatometry of Steel (Including TTT, C-TTT Diagram)
    • High Temperature Viscosimetry of Glasses
    • Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Filled Polymer Composites, Paste, Powder, and Oil by Guarded Heat Flow Meter
    • Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Ceramic, Metal, Composite Materials by Laser Flash Method
    • Sintering and Expansion Behavior Study by Using Dilatometry
    • Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Metal-Foam-Material by Laser Flash Method
    • Thermal Expansion Measurement of Thin Film and Irregular Shape Sample by Non-Contact Optical Dilatometry
    • Heat Treating Study of Steels by Quenching Dilatometry
    • Diffusivity and Conductivity of Polymers Blends, Composites, and/or Anisotropic Materials.
    • High Temperature Dilatometry in Metals and Ceramics.
    • Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Composites - Flash Diffusivity vs. Guarded Heat Flow Techniques
    • Using Deformation Option (on DIL805), Measuring Creep on Metals at Both in High Temp and Sub-Zero Applications
    • Effects of Powder Size on Material Properties Using Dilatometry
    • Effects of Tensile and Compressive Loading on Material Properties
    • Effects of Different Heating and Cooling Rates on Steel Alloys
    • Tensile Testing of Steel alloys to Establish Stress/Strain Curves
    • Thermal Diffusivity of Porous Materials
    • Thermal Expansion of Pastes
    • Multilayer Thermal Diffusivity Modeling
    • Thermal Conductivity of Large-Particle Powders
    • Effects of Heating Rate on CTE Measurements in Dilatometry



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Select the instrument(s) you will use to generate data for your application brief:

Thermal Analysis
Discovery DSC Q-Series DSC Discovery TGA Q-Series TGA Q600 SDT Q400 TMA Sorption Analysis

Rheology Microcalorimetry
Discovery Hybrid Rheometer AR-series Rheometer ARES Rheometer Nano ITC Nano DSC TAM isothermal microcalorimeter MCDSC

Mechanical Analysis Thermophysical Properties
Q800 DMA RSA Solids Analyzer Laser or Xenon Flash Analyzer Discovery Thermal Conductivity, Unitherm, or Quickline

Dilatometer Other

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