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 ICTAC Congress (2020)

Date: August 30—September 4, 2020
Place: Krakow (Poland)

Conference Chair: Dr. K. Pielichowski
Details will be announced soon.

Obituary Note: Prof. Andrzej Malecki

Prof Andrzej Malecki was a most active, open-minded and cheerful colleague.
When he organized ESTAC 9  in Krakow (28-31 August 2006), he was Head of
the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Materials Science and
Ceramics, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow. He was much
helped by his wife Barbara Malecka, who worked in the same Department
and had, like him, excellent social and scientific abilities. This ESTAC
Symposium was a success. Their scientific field of interest was the reactivity
of solids, with a special focus on the thermal decomposition of inorganic
salts. Andrzej, who had been elected as ICTAC Vice-President in 2006
and who became ICTAC President in 2012, unfortunately had to face
severe heart problems which did not allow him to keep the ICTAC Presidency
beyond 2014. In addition, his wife was hit by a cancer which took her away in
2013. When she died in 2013 she was chairing the ICTAC Committee on the
Reactivity of Solids and was the guest-editor of a special issue of the JTAC.
We have the sad feeling that his illness has hit him in mid-flight and forced him to stop his activities at the time when our ICTAC community would have
drawn the best from his experience and human abilities. He was only 71 when he passed away on January 20, 2019. Many of us will miss him and we all share the sorrow of our Polish colleagues.


Wim de KlerkICTAC-President

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

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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