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.

Dear Members,

We are very sorry to inform you that Dr John Redfern, one of the founders of ICTAC and former Managing Director of Stanton Redcroft Ltd, has passed away aged 86 years.

Together with Dr Robert Mackenzie, John initiated the organisation of the First International Conference on Thermal Analysis in Aberdeen in 1965. The considerable success of the Conference resulted in the Second International Conference being held in Worcester, Mass, USA, in 1968. At this meeting the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis (which later became ICTAC) formally came into being, with John as Secretary and Chairman of the Publications Committee.
He was equally pioneering at a national level and in 1964, while a chemistry lecturer at Battersea College of Technology (now the University of Surrey), he organised a very successful thermal analysis conference. This led directly to the formation of the UK Thermal Methods Group and John followed on from Robert Mackenzie to become its second Chairman in 1967. While at Battersea College, John together with his research student Tony Coats, also developed the well-known kinetic method that bears their names.

Although suffering from poor health for several years, following a stroke, he made a considerable effort to be at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Thermal Methods Group in Cambridge in 2015. This was greatly appreciated by his many colleagues and friends and by the younger members who had the opportunity of meeting a founder of the Group.                                                                                                      

We send our deepest sympathy to his family.                                                         

Kind regards,

Wim de Klerk                        Ted Charsley
President ICTAC                    Past President ICTAC, Past Chairman TMG

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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