Welcome to the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC)
ICTAC is a Confederation of National or Regional Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry Societies. The aim of
ICTAC is to promote international understanding and cooperation in thermal analysis and calorimetry
through the organization of international congresses and the work of its scientific committees.
ICTAC originated as ICTA, the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis, which was formed at the
First International Conference on Thermal Analysis, held in Aberdeen, Scotland, in September 1965. In
1992, the name was changed to International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry to reflect
the close relationship between thermal analysis and calorimetry.
The Confederation has 24 Affiliated National or Regional Societies with a combined membership of over
5000. In addition there are some 500 individual members of ICTAC. Membership is open to everyone
regardless of scientific discipline.
2022 Rigaku-ICTAC Promising Researcher Award at ESTAC 13
Date: ESTAC 13 on September 19-22, 2022
The ICTAC Executive and Scientific Awards Committees are pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Rigaku-ICTAC Promising Researcher Award:
Dr. Maria Chountoulesi, Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Dr. Chountoulesi is a promising researcher and has made her contribution in the field of pharmaceutical nanotechnology, including the application of thermal analysis to the characterization of nanosystems, drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients, excipients and biomaterials.
Her winning paper is "Utilization of Thermal Analysis to the evaluation of lyotropic lipidic liquid crystalline nanostructures intended for drug delivery applications". She will present the paper and receive the Award at the 13th European Symposium for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ESTAC 13). We congratulate Dr. Chountoulesi and look forward to meet her in September.
For more details about ESTAC 13 on September 19-22, 2022 in Palermo Italy, we encourage our members to visit http://www.estac13.org and participate. We also like to thank our award sponsor, Rigaku Corporation (http://www.rigaku.com), for their support and generosity.
Virtual Intercontinental Assembly on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (VIACTA2022) –
9th International and 11th Japan – China Joint Symposium
on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (CATS-2022)
Online, Date: October 25-26, 2022 (JST)
Virtual Intercontinental Assembly on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (VIACTA2022) aims to bring academic and industrial researchers working on calorimetry and thermal analysis together to exchange their ideas and experiences. The research topics include but not limited to:
- Foods and pharmaceuticals
- Biomaterials and biomolecules
- Liquids, solutions, and molecular assemblies
- Metals, ceramics, and inorganics
- Instrumentation and methods
- Standards, regulations, and reference materials
For more information please visit the conference website via www.netsu.org.
Prof. Jean-Pierre Grolier
Our friend Jean-Pierre Grolier passed away in Clermont-Ferrand on January 27, 2022. We then
lost one of our most dedicated and active calorimetrists.
He was born in 1936 in Constantine, Algeria, and took all his higher education at the University
of Clermont-Ferrand (France) up to his PhD thesis in Physical Chemistry, in 1970, under the
guidance of André Viallard. From that time onwards his research was devoted to thermodynamics
and calorimetry, essentially applied to the experimental and theoretical study of solutions and,
later, of systems with fluids (e.g. crude oil) under high pressure.
He was fond of making the acquaintance of new people and working in new places. Although
Clermont-Ferrand always remained his home port, he managed to spend several years elsewhere,
as a visiting scientist, especially in Canada (with G.C. Benson in Ottawa, with J.Desnoyers,
C.Jolicoeur and P.Picker in Sherbrooke and with L.G.Hepler in Edmonton), in the USA (with R.H
.Wood in Newark), and in the CNRS Thermodynamics and Microcalorimetry Center in Marseille
(with M.Laffitte and H.Kehiahian, from 1974 to 1977) where I was glad to make his acquaintance and appreciate a nice colleague, hard worker, though always smiling and friendly. He also went for teaching to the UK (University of Aberdeen) and to Spain (University of Valladolid). Jean-Pierre Grolier was one of the most active European members of the American Calorimetry Conference and he was in its Board of Directors over two decades. He was also President of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT) from 2002 to 2008.
When he came back from Sherbrooke in 1973 he was an enthusiastic and gifted user of the innovative Picker liquid-flow microcalorimeter for determining the heats of mixing, with which he was able to collect a large amount of data, from which he drew the best, in close collaboration with H. Kehiahian. Later, nicely improving and extending a first trial by L.Ter Minassian (from Paris Institute of Physical Chemistry), he was also enthusiastic in developing with S. Randzio (from Warsaw Institute of Physical Chemistry) a kind of universal equipment, based on a Tian-Calvet microcalorimeter and able to measure, on any dense sample, the relationship between the volume, the pressure (up to 2000 bar), the temperature and the heat exchanged. They called it a “transitiometer” and were able to propose a nice commercial version of it. This is the place to stress that Jean-Pierre Grolier developed strong ties with the Polish community of thermodynamics and calorimetry and that he often attended events either at the Warsaw Institute of Physical Chemistry or in Zakopane where W. Zielenkiewicz had launched – and organized over years - the Polish Calorimetry Conference.
With his students and co-workers he studied the thermodynamic behaviour of gases and of polymers. He also extended our knowledge about V. Eroshenko’s proposal of storing energy at the liquid/solid interface by associating a liquid with a nanoporous adsorbent of “lyophobic” type, so as to create a kind of interfacial spring; the transitiometer was indeed especially suited for this type of study which requires monitoring all at once the pressure, the volume and the heat exchanged over an extended pressure range.
Let me say, to end, that his energy and dedication to calorimetry will never be lost, not only because of his 270 papers published but, even more, because of the students to whom he was able to transmit his enthusiasm for our field. President of AFCAT, after receiving our Edouard Calvet Award in 1985, he was to date a member of our “Conseil des Sages”.
Our thoughts to his wife Geneviève, whom we often met at Thermodynamic and Calorimetry Conferences, and to their son and daughter Pierre-Stanislas and Marie-Edith, of whom we share the sorrow
Jean Rouquerol, on behalf of AFCAT
Prof. György Liptay (1932 - 2022)
Our colleague and friend, professor György Liptay passed away on January 14th, 2022 - a couple of weeks
before his 90th birthday. He was born in Budapest in 1932, and graduated at the Technical University of
Budapest (now Budapest University of Engineering and Economics) as chemical enginner in 1954 (?) As a
student he joined the group of Ferenc Paulik, Jenő Paulik and László Erdey – the inventors of the first
commercially available simultaneous thermal analysis instrument, the Derivatograph. György Liptay took
part in the further development of the instrument and finding new applications of thermal anlysis, in the
fields of inorganic and organic chemistry, polimers, medical science etc. earning his PhD. in the same field.
Later his research activity extended to the synthesis and characterization of new metal complexes. Thermal
analysis techniques had never been missing from his researh tools. The total number of his scientific
publications is 258. He was the editor and one of the authors of the volumes of the Atlas of Thermoanalytical
curves published from 1971 to 1976.
Professor Liptay took part in several Hungarian and international scientific societies and governing bodies,
and in the organization of scientific meetings. In Hungary, he held positions in the Hungarian Chemical
Society – including that of the Vice President from 2003 during three cycles. He served – among others - as chairman of the Working Committe for Thermal Analysis of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. György Liptay took part in the organizing and scientific committees of several international, regional and national conferences and symposia too. He was the chairman of the 7th ESTAC in Balatonfüred, Hungary in 1988. During his career, he earned a number of awards and other scientific and social recognitions. His activities had not been limited to research and higher education – playing an important role in the history and development of his high-school Alma Mater, the Fasori Lutheran Grammar School. The science laboratory bears his name there.
The first international periodical, the Journal of Thermal Analysis (now Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry) was founded in 1969 in Budapest. From the beginning till the last days of his life, Prof. Liptay worked as a member of the Editorial Board, during the last two decades as Consulting Editor.
The most important features of György Liptay’s personality: his permanent optimism and humor, and his outstanding capability to form cooperative and friendly relationships virtually everywhere. All this had made him very popular in our scientific community. He had never missed an ICTAC conference, and took part in different activities of ICTAC which was recognised with the Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
With Professor György Liptay, our community have lost a respectable scientist and friend. We will not forget his results and his attractive personality.
We send our condolences to the grieving family.
Chair, Working Committe for Thermal Analysis
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
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