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.
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
Dr Henry G “Harry” McAdie
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Dr Harry McAdie, former ICTAC President,
passed away on May 11th 2020, just two hours before his 90th birthday.
Harry graduated with a BSc from McGill University in Montreal in 1951 and obtained a MSc and a
PhD from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He then joined the Ontario Research Foundation,
with a particular involvement in environmental research and monitoring. He worked at the Foundation
for some 28 years until 1984, when he left to start his own consultancy company.
Harry played a major part in the development of ICTAC, particularly in his role as Chairman of the
Standardisation Committee, which was established in 1965. Helped by his exceptional enthusiasm
and drive, this became an extremely active committee, meeting for 2-3 days each year, usually in
the UK, apart from ICTAC Congress years when it was held in the host country. As a result, three
sets of DTA Certified Reference Materials were developed. These were marketed by the National
Bureau of Standards (now NIST) and addressed an urgent need in a fast-developing field.
In 1974, Harry stepped down from the Chairmanship of the Standardisation Committee to become
ICTAC Vice-President, becoming President in 1977. Following his presidency, he became joint
organiser of the 7th ICTAC which was held at his old alma mater Queen’s University in 1982. His
love of music was reflected in his organisation of a special concert at the Congress by the National
Youth Orchestra of Canada which was one of the highlights of a very successful meeting. Another
highlight for Council was the pre-Congress barbecue that Harry hosted at their holiday cottage on
Lake Ontario in the beautiful Thousand Islands.
In 1985 he took over as Membership Secretary, a role which he fulfilled with considerable commitment until 2004. This completed a remarkable 40 years of continuous service to ICTAC and his outstanding contribution was recognised by his election as a Lifetime Honorary Member of ICTAC in 2000.
Harry also played a significant role in the development of the North American Thermal Analysis Society leading to his election as a NATAS Fellow in 1983 and his receipt of the NATAS Outstanding Service Award in 1986. He published some 80 papers, 3 books and 1 patent and was awarded the Kurnakov Medal of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1985. In addition to his thermal analysis activities, he chaired a number of professional and environmental committees including the Board of Directors of the Chemical Institute of Canada.
His enthusiasm, energy and optimistic outlook on life made him a great companion and he very much enjoyed the social aspects of thermal analysis meetings. Personally, I have very pleasant memories of the short “cultural tours” of the South-East that we used to make on his visits to the UK. These always had a very carefully adjusted ratio of pubs to cathedrals.
Harry will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues worldwide. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Nora Jean and family
University of Huddersfield, UK
17th ICTAC Congress (2020) postponed to 2021
Original Date: August 30—September 4, 2020, postponed to August 29—September 3, 2021
Place: Krakow (Poland)
Conference Chair: Dr. K. Pielichowski
Dear friends in the field of Thermal Analysis,
First of all, I really hope you and your families are safe during these most uncertain of times with the Corona virus. I am currently working from home as many of you. Here in The Netherlands we have to handle with the social distance of 1.5 mtr, which make movements and meetings impossible.
Due to the worldwide restrictions in travelling, the unknown economic consequences later this year, ICTAC Executive starts communicating with the organizers of the 17th ICTAC in Krakow, headed by Krzysztof Pielichowski. Because of this unpredictable impact a discussion starts to postpone the ICTAC-17 to 2021. This proposal is agreed by all parties, also the ones from the other Thermal Analysis events in 2021 in Europe, to avoid conflicts.
ICTAC-17 will be postponed to 29-August – 03 September 2021 in Krakow in joint cooperation with the other European events.
More detailed information will be shared later if available and approved by Executive Board and Councilors of ICTAC.
Stay safe, stay healthy, best regards,
Wim de Klerk
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.
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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