Thermo-Gravimetric Analyzer

Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) records loss of sample weight as a function of temperature (or time) during thermal decomposition as sample is heated to a high temperature.

Temperature range of our instrument: ambient to 1000 C.

The instrument is essentially a furnace to heat samples in a controlled way, cou-pled to a highly precise balance to weigh samples as the temperature is ramped up.  The instrument can operate with with either Nitrogen or Air as the gas sur-rounding the sample and can be programmed to switch between them during a run. (Argon is available as an alternative for samples that may react with Nitro-gen.) With Nitrogen (or Argon) as the sample gas, the thermal decomposition is described as "pyrolysis." With Air as the sample gas, combustion of the sample is also possible.

Manufacturer: TA Instruments TGA-Q50
Equipment Rates & Fees
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Personnel Time$70$115$230$207

Valid through July 31, 2024. Rates are hourly unless specified otherwise and are subject to change without further notice.

Required Acknowledgement and Authorship

Please acknowledge the CBIS Core Facilities in all publications and grant applications where our equipment and/or personnel have facilitated the work. These acknowledgements are very important because documenting our contributions helps to ensure that the resources of the Core Facilities are sustainable.

  • Equipment: If you used Core Facility equipment, please note this in the Materials and Methods. e.g., Thermogravimetric analysis was carried out using a TA Instruments TGA-Q50 (Rensselaer CBIS Analytical Biochemistry Core Facility).
  • Personnel: Please consider including CBIS personnel as co-authors on your publications when they have made a significant intellectual contribution to the research. Include CBIS Core Facility directors or staff as co-PI or co-investigators in grant applications when they provide a significant contribution to the grant proposal and scientific/intellectual leadership for the proposed work. Please follow these guidelines: ABRF Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts. Also, our Core Facility personnel always appreciate when they are mentioned in the Acknowledgements section of publications.
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