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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.









17th International Congress on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC 2020)
- on-line conference

Date: August 29—September 3, 2021

Conference Chair: Dr. K. Pielichowski
Conference Webpage: https://ictac2020.jordan.pl/en

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 17th International Congress on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC 2020)
that is going to be held on-line on 29 Aug. – 3 Sept. 2021.

Additionally, the 8th Joint Czech-Hungarian-Polish-Slovakian Thermoanalytical Conference and the 14th Conference on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis of the Polish Society of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis will be the part of ICTAC2020 Congress.

On 29 Aug. 2021 (Sun): Workshop „Good laboratory practice in thermal analysis and calorimetry” will be organized.

We have planned to organize the Congress in a beautiful and historic city of Kraków, however, to avoid the health and safety risks of conference participants and our staff members in the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided - in agreement with the ICTAC Executive Board, to organize the conference on-line.

All the information about the Congress, including abstracts submission and registration,  is provided on the webpage:  https://ictac2020.jordan.pl/en
We do hope you will actively participate in the ICTAC 2020 Congress and we wish you a pleasant and productive on-line meeting!

Kind regards,
Krzysztof Pielichowski
Conference Chair









Assoc. Prof. Vladimír Balek

Associate Professor Vladimír Balek, D.Sc. passed away on January 9, 2021, at the age
of 80. This was after a long scientific career of nearly 50 years in the field of thermal
analysis. He was fluent in Russian, English, French and Spanish.

Vladimír Balek, (1940-1921) graduated from the Czech Technical University (1961) and
obtained a Ph.D. degree at Moscow State University (1967). He worked at the Faculty of
Science, Charles University in Prague and then in the Nuclear Institute in Řež. He
became a co-founder of The Czech Group of Thermal Analysis at the turn of the seventies,
last century and was its second chairman (1972-1986). He initiated the emerging field of
thermal analysis and was an architect of Emanation Thermal Analysis (ETA). He has
always been part of a large group of enthusiasts promoting thermal analysis and
particularly new branches of structural diagnostic methods, such as ETA and proposed
its mathematical model within the processes of releasing inert gas from a doped
multiphase system of solids with changing surfaces of reacting particles, including the
account of changes due to diffusion resulting from physicochemical reactions.

He has long been a member of the editorial boards of Thernochimica Acta (1984-1993) and the regional editor of the Journal of Thermal Analysis (1995-2000) as well as the affiliate councilor of ICTAC (1986-1994). He has written three professional books and hundreds of articles and achieved a VIP H-index in excess of twenty-five. He received a number of awards such as the Russian Kurnak Medal 1985, German Netzsch/GEFTA 1988, the American NATAS 1990, the Hungarian JTAC 2002, etc. He was a co-chairman and major promotor of the 8th ICTAC Conference in Bratislava 1985. He became an invited lecturer at various conferences and left behind a number of promising followers.

Prof. Balek spent a considerable time abroad. Apart from his education in Moscow he stayed frequently at National Institute for Inorganic Materials in Tsukuba, Japan (now NIMS). One of his main objectives was promotion of international collaboration including that in the field of thermal analysis and he significantly contributed in establishing collaborations of Czech researchers with Japan, India and many other countries. The research was for him much more than a job. We miss him very much!!

Jiří Málek,     Jaroslav Barták
Czech Group for Thermal Analysis








Professor Giuseppe (Pino) Della Gatta

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Professor Giuseppe (Pino) Della Gatta,
former AICAT President and GICAT Coordinator, passed away on September 6th 2020. Pino
graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Turin in March 1961. The following
year he started serving at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the same University as an Assistant
Professor of General & Inorganic Chemistry, until 1982 when he became Associate Professor
of Physical Chemistry; he became Full Professor of the same discipline in 2007. Pino was among
the pioneering Italianresearchers to measure the thermodynamic properties of organic compounds
by DSC and was recognized as theleading Italian expert in the field. He was one of the founder
of the Italian Association of Thermal Analysis andCalorimetry (AICAT) and served as the first
Chairman of this Association from 1979 to 1981 strongly contributing tothe development of
calorimetry in Italy. During the early eighties, thanks to his intense activity and to his dedication
became a member of the ICTA (International Conference of Thermal Analysis) board. In 1989,
together with othercolleagues operating in the field of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis, contributed
to the foundation of theInterdivisional Group of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (GICAT) of the
Italian Chemical Society for which he alsoserved as a coordinator from 1992 to 1998. Over the
years he strongly supported the use of thermal and calorimetrictechniques in various fields with
a special emphasis on the physico-chemical characterization of materials. The last part of his career
was devoted to the study of ageing and deterioration of historical parchments. In the fifty-year of
his research activity, he was coordinator and responsible of international and national research projects. In addition to his roles within AICAT and GICAT, Pino has been very active within several national and international scientific organizations; he was among the co-founders of the Mediterranean Conference of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (MEDICTA) and has been serving as Councilor of the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis (ICTA) and
International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC), a Member of the IUPAC Commission on Thermodynamics, a Board Member of the Italian Association of Physical-Chemistry (AICF), a Member of the European Symposium on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ESTAC) Committee, the Chairman of the ICTA/ICTAC Committee on Calorimetry, the Chairman of the ICTAC Liaison-International Relationship Committee. Pino greatly contributed to the success of leading Journals in the specific field: he was a Member of the Editorial Board of Thermochimica Acta, a Member Advisory Board of the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, the Associate Editor of the Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. We all remember him as an excellent host of several national and international conferences; undoubtedly the 11th IUPAC Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics which Pino organized will remain in the memories of many of us. Pino was awarded the Honorary Medal “N.S. Kurnakov” by the Russian Academy of Sciences
(1990), the Honorary Medal for the 50th Anniversary of the University of Łódź (1998) and the Mettler-Toledo Award of the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) (2003). His preparation and scientific intuitions have enriched the baggage of the numerous researchers who had the chance to work with Pino. His stylishness and savoir-faire were the icing on the cake of the social events of calorimetry and thermal analysis meetings. Pino’s loss will be difficult to fill.
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go to his Family and all the people who had the opportunity to share experiences with him.

Alberto Schiraldi       Giuseppe Arena     Ignazio Blanco









TA-Instruments ICTAC Award 2020 for Prof. Wei-Ping Pan

The ICTAC Executive Committee and Scientific Award Committee are delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2020 TA-Instruments – ICTAC Award is Prof. Wei-Ping Pan, Sumpter Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the Western Kentucky University.

By this scientific award sponsored by TA Instruments, ICTAC would like to recognize Prof. Pan’s outstanding contributions to the field of thermal analysis.

The award will be presented at the 17th ICTAC Congress https://ictac2020.jordan.pl/en.
Please join us to congratulate Prof. Pan in Krakow, Poland on 30 August – 4 September, 2020.







Rigaku – ICTAC Young Scientist Award 2020 for Dr. Kento Shiota

The ICTAC Executive and Scientific Awards Committees are pleased to announce the Winner of the 2020 Rigaku-ICTAC Young Scientist Award: Dr. Kento Shiota, Assistant Professor of Institute of Advanced Sciences at Yokohama National University (Japan). Dr. Shiota is an outstanding young scientist and has made his contribution in the fields of energetic materials and loss prevention of the chemical industry, especially regarding the thermal hazard evaluation of reactive chemicals. His winning paper is “Thermal and kinetic analysis on pyrolysis reaction of hydroxylammonium nitrate solution”.


ICTAC also congratulates the following ICTAC Travel Grant recipients:

•             Dr. Steven Araujo – Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Arts et Métiers (France)
•             Dr. Gage Patrick Ashton – University of Huddersfield (UK)
•             Dr. Gabriela Hotová – University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
•             Dr. Francesca Saitta – University of Milan (Italy)

The ICTAC Travel Grants aim to encourage young scientists to develop their careers in the fields of thermal analysis and calorimetry.






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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