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Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) is a weight change analysis system. The Thermogravimetric Analyzer measures the amount and rate of weight change in a material, either as a function of increasing temperature, or isothermally as a function of time, in a controlled atmosphere. It can be used to characterize any material that exhibits a weight change and to detect phase changes due to decomposition, oxidation, or dehydration.

Location: ERF 3024, characterization bay

Training: 3 sessions (2 trainings and a checkout session)

System specifications:

  • Temperature Range: Ambient to 1000 °C
  • Mass sensitivity: 0.1μg
  • Accuracy: 0.1 % or 10 μg
  • Sample size: < 1 g
  • Heating rate: 0.1 to 100 °C/min
  • Auto sampler
  • Sample pans: Platinum, high Temp. platinum, Ceramic (under 600C should place your sample in a DSC pan and then place it in the platinum pan)
  • Controlled Atmosphere: Nitrogen, (Ar, O2 can be requested if needed)
  • Users can purchase the consumable aluminum sample pan/lid (for measurements below 600 °C) from NCF website. Super users can purchase the batches of 100 pan/lid from “DSC consumables” or “TA instruments”.

Safety notes:

  • Never Open the furnace when the temperature is higher than 40 °C, it can cause serious damage to the furnace and balance.
  • Never try to load/unload your pan manually on the hang down wire.
  • Furnace should be kept close at all times(before loading your pan into auto sampler and after unloading it)


One time Reservation Cost: $5 for a 4 hour reservation

Per Hour Cost:

$20 Internal User
$32 External User

User Manual:

The user manual can be found here.