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Material Characterization by Thermogravimetric Analysis

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Applied Chemicals and Materials Division

RO# Location
50.64.72.B7821 Boulder, CO

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Quinn, Timothy P. quinn@boulder.nist.gov 303.497.3480

Description

Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) can be used to measure physical changes in materials. TGA has been used to characterize materials, such as polymers and or explosives. Application of TGA to new types of materials, such as nanocomposites, biochar, and nanoparticles can provide valuable information on thermal stability, product lifetimes, nanoparticle purity, and material composition. Microscale TGA measurements have also been made possible through research at NIST, allowing for investigation of systems with limited sample size or smaller scale inhomogeneities. We invite proposals that utilize thermogravimetric analysis for the study and characterization of new material systems or work towards development of new instrumentation to improve the measurement tool for applications to new materials problems. In particular, the integration of TGA with other instrumentation, new innovative sampling methods and correlation to results from other analytical techniques could be proposed. Proposals that provide answers through modeling of TGA data are encouraged.

 

References

Mansfield E, Kar A, Hooker S: Analytical Chemistry 82(24): 9977, 2010

Mansfield E, Kar A, Hooker S: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 396(3): 1071, 2010

 

Keywords:
Thermogravimetric analysis; Nanocomposites; Biochar; Nanoparticles; Analytical chemistry;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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