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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Science Academy honour for Maria Forsyth

Australian Laureate Fellow Prof Maria Forsyth has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science.

MRI provides key to unlock plastic crystal potential

Researchers at IFM have uncovered the reasons behind the variable conductivity of organic ionic plastic crystals.

Ion man receives Alfred Deakin Medal

Materials engineering researcher Anthony Somers has been awarded an Alfred Deakin Medal.

Electrolyte scientists dare to dream

The world's leading electrolyte scientists have converged in Geelong for ISPE-14.

Softening the impact

Cracking the cartilage riddle, Deakin scientists synthetically mimic the body's most complex lubrication system.

Differential Scanning Calorimeters

The IFM research group has two types of Differential Scanning Calorimeters, heat flux (Netzsch) and power compensating (Perkin Elmer). These units are essential for the study of decomposition, phase change and melting points or metals and polymers.

Netzsch 407 PC Luxx

An image of the Netzsch differential scanning calorimeter


  • Temperature range: -120°C ... 1650°C
  • Heating and cooling rates: 0.01 K/min ... 50 K/min (dependent on furnace)
  • Weighing range: 18000 mg
  • TG resolution: 2 µg
  • DSC resolution: 1 µW (dependent on sensor)
  • Atmospheres: inert, oxidizing, reducing, static, dynamic
  • Vacuum: tight assembly up to 10-2 mbar
  • Induction: One theory and two practical sessions

Perkin Elmer Diamond

An image of the Perkin Elmer Diamond differential scanning calorimeter


  • DSC type: Power-compensation temperature null principle. Measures temperature and energy directly, rather than differential temperature (DT).
  • DSC cell: ndependent dual furnaces constructed of platinum-iridium alloy with independent platinum resistance heaters and temperature sensors with furnace mass less than 1g.
  • Temperature sensors: Distributed platinum resistance thermometers for best linearity.
  • Atmosphere: Static or dynamic, including nitrogen, argon, helium, carbon dioxide, air, oxygen or other inert or active gases, over full temperature range. Oxygen can be used up to 730°C which allows easy cleaning.
  • Temperature range: -170°C to 730°C.
    Accuracy / Precision ±0.1°C / ±0.01°C
  • Calorimetry: Accuracy / Precision <±1% / <±0.1%
    Sensitivity 0.2µW
    Dynamic range 0.2µW to 800mW
  • Isothermal digit (10 min) -150°C / 100°/c < 15 µW / < 10 µW
  • Scanning rates: Heating / cooling 0.01°C to 500°C/min
  • Temperature overshoot: 100°C/min<0.1°C
  • Cooling times: Ambient coolant 725°C to 100°C (under 4 minutes)
  • Liquid N2 coolant: 200°C to -150°C (under 2 minutes)
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  • Supervising technician: Robert Pow

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27th February 2015