The first coupling techniques for thermoanalytical instruments were introduced in the early 70s: Gas analyzers that operate continuously, such as mass spectrometers and FT-Infrared spectrometers, were coupled to instruments for thermal analysis, such as thermobalances, in order to analyze samples simultaneously. Growing interest and increasing demand drove the development of techniques that were more and more sophisticated. Today, these methods have achieved a solid foothold in industrial applications – including R&D, quality control and failure analysis – and have brought the applied sciences a great step forward.
At the SKT, which takes place in Selb, Germany, such state-of-the-art coupling methods take center stage. Its name stemming from a German acronym that translates to “Coupling Days in Selb”, the SKT provides a unique platform for engaging discussions on cutting-edge coupling technology and the future of hyphenated techniques. As over 100 scientists from a range of diverse countries and backgrounds attended the last SKT, the upcoming 7th SKT in 2018 is certain to again attract a large group of both experts and novices for rounds of vibrant and compelling professional exchange.
The 7th Coupling Days on Hyphenated Techniques for Thermal Analysis to Evolved Gas Analysis provides a forum for scientists to present their latest research results specifically obtained by using thermal analysis coupled to mass spectrometry (MS), FT-Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and/or mass spectrometry/gas chromatography (GC-MS). The Symposium will offer a platform for exchanging tips and tricks on sample preparation, experiments, and evaluation in lively discussions. The Coupling Days will provide food for thought to those participants who are not yet very familiar with hyphenated techniques.
Renowned speakers from all over the world will present a summary of the state of the art in coupling techniques and their applications in fields such as, e.g.:
Investigation of exhaust gas aftertreatment and hazardous combustion gases
Studies of new catalysts and energy materials
Additives for structural ceramics
Failure analysis of polymers
Identification of solvates and heterosolvates
Complex oxide bulk and nanophase materials
Characterization of graphene/silicon grafted composite materials
Thermal reaction of clay minerals
Evaluation of wastewater phosphate minerals
Characterization of reed pyrolysis
… and more
Click here for the SKT 2018 program and more information about participating