International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC)

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.

2018 45th Annual NATAS Conference

Technical Conference - August 6-9, 2018
Short Course - August 9-10, 2018
Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Honorary Session for Prof. Patrick Gallagher
Honorary Session for Prof. Wei-Ping Pan

The North American Thermal Analysis Society offers scientists and practioneers the opportunity to explore the frontiers of thermal analysis, rheology, and materials characterization by participating in the 2018 NATAS Conference and Short Course. Presentations and posters by renowned scientists and graduate students set the stage for excellent discussions and an ideal environment to learn about state-of-the-art techniques and exciting new developments in materials research.  A Technical Exhibit will feature multiple vendors presenting their latest instrumentation for thermal analytical and rheological measurements. The cordial setting provides conference attendees the opportunity to review a variety of instruments and services offered by many vendors in a single location.

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ESTAC12 12th European Symposium on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

Conference - August 26-30
Brasov, Romania

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Obituary Note: Prof. José Manuel Criado Luque

José Manuel Criado Luque, ad honorem research professor at the Institute of Materials Science
of Seville, died of cancer on February 27, at the age of 73. In his 50-year scientific career he
was always a very active member of the thermal analysis community.

Prof. Criado studied chemistry in his hometown (Seville) and got his PhD from the same university
under the supervision of professors Gonzalez-García and Trillo. Afterwards he had several
positions at the university as assistant and associate professor before joining the National
Research Council of Spain, where he eventually became full professor in 1986. He was also a
founder member of the Materials Science Institute of Seville a join center from the University of
Seville and the National Research Council of Spain.  He oversaw the institute’s transformation
from a very small facility in just a few shared rooms into an important materials center in Spain.

Prof. Criado always has an international vision of science. Thus, he was visiting scientist and
professor in a number of international institutions such as Stanford University (USA), CNRS
Thermodynamics and Microcalorimetry Center in Marseille (France), University of Salford (UK),
Macaulay Research Institute (UK), Institute for General and Analytical Chemistry of the Technical
University (Hungary), Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Czech Republic), University of Chile (Chile).
Moreover, he was always willing to accept international students and visitors to his lab that, at the end become part of his family. Thus, a significant number of international students, postdocs and professors from Czech Republic, Japan, Chile, Russia, Rumania, Poland, France, Tunisia, etc. spent time working with him. Therefore, there was always an international atmosphere in the lab.

Prof. Criado was an enthusiastic scientist. Research was for him much more than a job, it was a passion and he was a tireless worker that spent most of his life at the lab or reading papers and scientific books at home. He had an amazing memory and could remember results from experiments that were done decades ago.  Thus, he had a deep knowledge of solid-state chemistry, thermal analysis and kinetics, which he was willing to share. He was willing to discuss for hours with his coworkers. Overall, he was a very generous man that spent a great deal of energy teaching and mentoring young scientist. Therefore, it is not rare than a great deal of his former students, postdocs and coworkers have nowadays positions as researchers and professors not only in Spain but worldwide.

Prof. Criado made important contributions to the fields of kinetics of solid state processes and reactivity of solids. He publishes more than 240 papers in international journals, some of them have made a deep impact in the scientific community with a significant number of citations. In the field of kinetic of heterogeneous reactions, he pointed out the limitations of linear heating experiments for discriminating from a single curve the kinetic model. He also extended the use of sample controlled thermal analysis, which he learned directly from Prof. Rouquerol and Prof. Paulik, to the study of kinetics. He proposed several kinetic analysis procedures such as the use of master curves, combined analysis, deconvolution and so on that are now extended among the scientific community. Prof. Criado was also very fond of designing and constructed instruments for performing experiments under non-conventional conditions. Thus, he constructed a huge number of sample controlled instruments using different methods for monitoring the sample and different heating procedures. He, also, modified and constructed, in collaboration with some engineering companies, high energy mills that allow working under controlled gas pressure for mechanosynthesis of compounds by gas-solid reactions.

Luis A. Pérez-Maqueda, Concepción Real, Francisco J. Gotor    - Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla (CSIC-US), Seville, Spain
María D. Alcalá    - Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Seville, Spain
Jiri Malek    - Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Nobuyoshi Koga    - Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, Japan

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Seifert †
(09. 11. 1930 - 08. 08. 2017)

The German Association of Thermal Analysis, GEFTA, is deeply sad to inform the scientific community of thermoanalysts and calorimetrists that our Honorary member,
Professor Dr. Hans-Joachim Seifert,
passed away August 8, 2017 in his 87th year.

Immediately after the formation of GEFTA in 1974, Hans Seifert got in close connection and cooperation with GEFTA and influenced and supported its activities for several decades. From 1977 to 1980 he was GEFTA’s chairman; later he became its Honorary member.
One year before, in 1973, he became Professor at the Gesamthochschule Kassel, where he undertook his basic scientific work on the thermochemistry of halides and halogenocomplexes making him a widely known specialist in this field of inorganic chemistry. This was one of the reasons to be appointed, in 1982, Vice-President of ICTAC, the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. From 1985 to 1988 he was elected President of ICTAC. This was the period of more and more intensified collaboration also with the East-European countries and of a revitalization of the interaction between ICTAC and ESTAC. The „homogenization“ of their congress schedules was primarily intended by the scientific convictions of Hans Seifert. In 1994, his work for the international scientific cooperation was acknowledged by ICTAC’s Honorary Lifetime Membership.

We gratefully remember Hans Seifert as an very active GEFTA chairman who had remarkable skills as an intensively discussing session’s chairman at numerous conferences, as a serious promoter of younger scientists.

GEFTA honoured the scientific achievements of Hans Seifert by awarding him the Netzsch-GEFTA-Award in 1987.

For the GEFTA board
Dirk Walter, Steffen Neuenfeld and Michael Feist

Indian Thermal Analysis Society - Announcement

The 21st DAE-BRNS Workshop and Symposium on Thermal Analysis (THERMANS-2018) has been announced.
It will be held during January 16-20, 2018 at Department of Chemistry, Goa University (India). The dates are:

Workshop: January 16-17, 2018
Symposium: January 18-20, 2018

Please find attached the Brochure of THERMANS-2018 as PDF (2.5 MB).

One page extended abstract is invited by 30th September 2017 (new deadline).

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned or Prof R K Verma (profrkverma@gmail.com).

Convener, THERMANS-2018
Product Development Section
Radiochemistry & Isotope Group
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
Mumbai 400 085

Email: sureshp@barc.gov.in
Tel: +91-22-2559 4875

Winners of the 2016 ICTAC Awards

TA Instruments-ICTAC Award: Professor Vincent Mathot, SciTe B.V., Geleen, the Netherlands.

SETARAM-ICTAC Award: Professor Dénes Lőrinczy, Institute of Biophysics, University of Pécs, Hungary

ICTAC Young Scientist Award: Dr. Andrei Rotaru, INFLPR-National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania.

ICTAC Travel Grant recipients: Ms Dorien Baeten, KU Leuven, Belgium; Dr. Guiseppe Cavallaro, University of Palermo, Italy; Dr. Nicolas Delpouve, University of Rouen, France; Dr. Tibor Dubaj, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Dr. Nataliia Gorodylova, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; Dr. Joakim Riikonen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland.

The Awards will be presented at the 16th ICTAC Congress, Orlando, Florida August
14-19, 2016, where the winners will deliver their Award Lectures.

ICTAC TA Nomenclature has been endorsed finally by the IUPAC

New Nomenclature rules

The ICTAC TA Nomenclature has been endorsed finally by the IUPAC and this has been published in the  April 2014 issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

ICTAC records its deep sense of appreciation to the Nomenclature Committee members and other participants in this mission for their tremendous efforts in updating the nomenclature rules.The IUPAC policy does not put any restriction to the circulation and copying of the document, provided the reference of the publication and the IUPAC copyright are clearly shown.

Trevor Lever, Peter Haines, Jean Rouquerol, Edward L. Charsley, Paul Van Eckeren and Donald J. Burlett (2014) ICTAC nomenclature of thermal analysis (IUPAC Recommendations 2014). Pure Appl. Chem. 86(4), 545–553. DOI 10.1515/pac-2012-0609.

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