Thermal Analysis Platform (PLAT)

The LMI has the entire responsibility of the platform’s equipment, its functioning and its technical and scientific orientations. The platform regroups a very complete assembly of instruments in calorimetric, thermogravimetric, thermo-mechanic and thermo-microscopic analyses, but also couplings of thermogravimetry with gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Very few platforms and similar competences exist at national level. The platform has an autonomic functioning (except the personnel’s salaries), also assuring the maintenance, replacement and the extension of its instrumental park. It also has an open functioning, either by participating in research projects with the other teams of LMI or with research and industrial laboratories from France, and either in provision of service for academics or industrials.

Head of the platform: Dr. Ing. Rodica CHIRIAC, IR CNRS

Operation : provision of service / collaboration contracts or projects / research activities (industrial & academic partners)

Formation: here

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  • 2 Thermobalances Mettler-Toledo TGA/DSC2 (picture 1) & TGA/DSC3+: 25 - 1600°C ; N2, Ar, He, Air, O2, CO2, Ar+H2
  • 1 Thermobalance Setaram TGA Setsys Evo Setaram (photo 2): 25 - 2400°C (glassy carbon furnace, alumina, quartz)
  • 1 ATG/Interface/GC-MS coupling (photo 3) (GC 7890B - MSD 5977A Agilent Technologies with HP-5MS column, length 60 m $\Rightarrow$ VOC)
  • 1 µGC/MSD (photo 4) SRA Instruments (3 columns: OV1, Strainer, PPU) $\Rightarrow$ VOC, O2, N2, CO, CO2, CH4, H2O, H2, Ar, NH3, SO2 etc.
  • 1 µGC Fusion (CHEMLYS) avec 2 modules Tamis BF 10 m & RT-Q 12m
  • 1 Mettler Toledo DSC1 Differential Calorimetric Analysis Unit (photo 5): from -170 to 700°C; Ar, N2, Air
  • 1 Setaram DSC Sensys Evo Differential Calorimetric Analysis unit (photo 6): from -170 to 700°C; Ar, N2, Air
  • 1 Mettler Toledo HP DSC 827 pressurized DSC apparatus (photo 7): 25 - 700°C, P < 10MPa ; O2, N2, Air ; with flow and pressure controller
  • 1 CALVET Calorimeter Setaram C80 (photo 8): with turning cells and pressure cells 100 & 350 bar; 25 - 300°C
  • 1 Thermomechanical analysis device Mettler Toledo TMA/SDTA 840 (photo 9): 25 - 1100 °C : 25 - 1100 °C ; 0-2 N ; N2, Air ; tension modules (films, fibers) and compression
  • 1 Zeiss thermo-optical microscope with LTS 350 Linkam heating/cooling stage (photo 10): from -70 to 300°C
  • 1 BelSorp-Mini II volumetric sorption apparatus from Microtrac Bel (photo 11) : Nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm, BET, BJH methods

1. TGA/DSC2 Mettler-Toledo
2. TGA Setsys Evo from Setaram
3. TGA/SDTA Coupling 851e Mettler-Toledo/Storage interface 12 loops/GC-MS
4. µGC-MSD SRA Instruments
5. DSC 1 Mettler-Toledo
6. DSC Sensys Evo Setaram
7. HP-DSC 827 Mettler-Toledo (DSC under pressure)
8. Calorimeter Calvet C80 (Setaram)
9. TMA/SDTA 840 Mettler-Toledo
10. Thermo-optical Microscope Zeiss
11. BelSorp-Mini II from Microtrac Bel

Fields of application

  • Energy (hydrogen storage, biodiesel, lignocellulosic biomass…)
  • Environment (CO2 capture, VOC emission, …)
  • Geology/Planetology
  • Polymers
  • Petroleum industry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals

Examples of thermal studies or determinations in thermal analysis

  • Study of the thermal behavior of different materials:
    • Thermal degradation with identification of gases;
    • Glass transition, Specific heat, Crystallinity, Purity;
    • Temperatures and enthalpies of melting or crystallization;
    • Thermal stability domains;
    • Polymorphic transitions;
    • Heat of reaction, heat of dissolution, heat of adsorption, etc.
  • Phase transformations in metal alloys
  • Hydrogen storage by thermolysis of boranes and borohydrides (TGA, DSC, TGA/µGC-MS)
  • Thermal decomposition of nanocomposites or nanostructured materials by TGA et TGA coupled GC-MS (e.g. metallic salt/polymers, mesoporous silica/polymers, nitride based stainless steel coatings…)
  • Study of the decomposition mechanism of nanofilaments obtained by electrospinning
  • Screening of minerals for CO2 capture (TGA, TGA coupled µGC-MS, C80)
  • Thermal behavior of diesels, fuels, biodiesels, lubricants (DSC, TGA, TGA/GC-MS)
  • Oxidation stability of lubricants, engine oils or vegetable oils by pressure-DSC (oxidation onset temperature -OOT, Induction time -OIT)
  • Thermal cycling of nanocomposite coatings (TGA)
  • Thermal (or linear) expansion coefficient (TMA –dilatometry)
  • Thermal conversion of biomass. Determination of heat capacity (Calvet calorimetry C80)


Rodica CHIRIACFrançois TOCHE
Phone 04 72 43 15 70
Address Laboratoire des Multimatériaux et Interfaces (LMI) UMR CNRS 5615
Bâtiment Chevreul 1er étage
6 rue Victor Grignard
69622 Villeurbanne Cedex