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 ICTAC Congress (2020)
Date: August 30—September 4, 2020
Place: Krakow (Poland)
Conference Chair: Dr. K. Pielichowski
Call for Nominations
The ICTAC Scientific Awards 2020
Nominations for the ICTAC Scientific Awards that will be presented in the 17th ICTAC Congress in Krakow (30 Aug.-4 Sept., 2020) are now open.
We are awaiting for your nominations: (1) TA Instrument-ICTAC Award and (2) ICTAC Young Scientist Award.
In addition, five ICTAC Travel Grant recipients will be selected from the applicants for the ICTAC Young Scientist Award.
Please find the official letters of the first call for nominations via the links below.
(due date: 30th November, 2019)
(due date: 31st January, 2020)
Professor Michael Ewart Brown
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Professor Michael Brown,
the former ICTAC Secretary and founder member of the South African Thermal
Analysis Group, passed away on Friday 31st May 2019, after a long and
courageous battle with cancer.
Mike was an exceptional ICTAC Secretary over a period of some ten years and
he fulfilled many other roles within ICTAC including Publications Chairman,
Affiliate Councillor, Leader of the ICTAC Kinetics Project, and was a valued
member of the Nominations Committee, Travel Fund Committee and Awards
Committee. In all these positions he gave exemplary and unstinting service,
while always displaying tact and good humour, even under difficult circumstances.
His outstanding contribution to ICTAC was recognised by the ICTAC Distinguished
Service Award in 2008 and by the ICTAC Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2018.
In his retirement, he was able to devote more time to his hobby of woodworking
and a number of ICTAC Presidents (including those signing this obituary) were
delighted to receive a gavel and sounding board, finely crafted from African
hardwood, on taking office. These now form a priceless reminder of their
He spent the majority of his working life at Rhodes University, becoming Professor
of Physical Chemistry and Dean of Science in 1986. He was a research scientist
of exceptional ability, specialising in the decomposition of inorganic solids and the
kinetics of solid-state reactions, and published over 130 papers and 5 books.
His contribution to the field of solid-state kinetics and his fruitful collaboration with Professor Andrew Galwey of Queens University Belfast was recognised by a special edition of Thermochimica Acta in 2002 and their book “Thermal Decomposition of Ionic Solids” has become a standard work in the field. His dedicated service to the University was recognised by Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Award in 1998 and after his retirement he was made a Distinguished Fellow of Rhodes University.
Mike was also an outstanding communicator and the two editions of his book “Introduction to Thermal Analysis - Techniques and Applications” have provided countless thermal analysts with their first introduction to the field.
His work has been recognised by a number of awards including the Mettler Outstanding Achievement Award of the North American Thermal Analysis Society in 1996. The exactness, common sense and humour of the excellent Award lecture on kinetics that he delivered in Philadelphia is still in the memory of many participants at this ICTAC Congress. He also received the South African Chemical Institute's Gold Medal in 2000 and the NATAS Fellowship in 2003.
In spite of his many achievements, Mike was remarkably modest and his kindness and quiet sense of humour made him the best of company. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues worldwide. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Cindy and her family.
Edward CharsleyJean Rouquerol
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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