Advanced Training and Workshop on Materials Characterisation


The workshop will cover in-depth Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) technique, from theory to main applications, and iGC-SEA (Inverse Gas Chromatography – Surface Energy Analyser). Both DVS and iGC-SEA are widely used techniques to characterize materials across different stages of product formulation, manufacturing and quality control.

Individuals whose works are in line with studying materials such as powder, thin films, polymers, fibers, building materials and pharmaceutical materials and those who currently have DVS instruments will gain better understanding on the uses and benefits of DVS, including the newest Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) instrumentations plus Inverse Gas Chromatography-Surface Energy Analyzer (iGC-SEA).

Learn about:

  • DVS and iGC-SEA – advanced sorption techniques for physico-chemical characterization of complex solids
  • Capability of the instruments and an overview of applications in various industries
  • Some examples of case studies such as BET surface area, amorphous content and diffusion, permeability parameters
  • Characterization of the Tg RH (the critical relative humidity at the specific glass transition temperature) as well as camera and Raman applications
  • Understanding surface energy (SE) and the different experimental techniques in measuring SE

Event details

Date: 14th March 2018

Time: 9am – 2:30pm (CET)

Venue address: (workshop room number to be announced)
Technical University of Munich,
School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan,
Chair of Wood Science, Wood Research Munich,
Winzererstr. 45,
80797 München


09:00 – 09:15 – Welcome and registrations

09:15 – 09:30 – Introduction

09:30 – 09:45 – Guest Speaker: Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter, Technical University of Munich – Presentation of Wood Research

09:45 – 10:00 – Guest Speaker: Mr Thomas Böger, Institute of Wood Research, Technical University of Munich – Presentation: Influence of Primer Treatment on Sorption Behaviour of Beech Wood

10:00 – 10:30 – Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS) Application Studies by Mr Damiano Cattaneo, Instrumentation Scientist, Surface Measurement Systems

Moisture has a large impact on the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of many materials. The presentation highlights a series of experimental method of water and organic solvents sorption characterization for determining vapour sorption isotherms of pharmaceutical, food, porous materials and polymers. Using a novel dynamic flow configuration, this gravimetric experimental system can measure both competitive multicomponent adsorption processes as well as water sorption and glass transition process. This characterization technique can not only be used across a wide range of materials at different temperatures, but is well suited for adsorption studies using organic vapours at high partial pressures.

10:30 – 11:00 – Basic Principle of Inverse Gas Chromatography and its Main Applications by Dr Majid Naderi, Science Development Manager, Surface Measurement Systems

There are range of techniques available for measuring the surface energy of solid particulate materials. Though contact angle measurement is by far the most common method, it is rarely used for particle and other non-planar materials due to experimental limitations. Inverse Gas Chromatography (iGC) is now proven and preferred method for surface energy measurements. In this presentation, learn the basic principle of iGC and its applications i.e surface heterogeneity profiling, adsorption, dispersive and acid-base and solubility parameters.

11:00 – 12:30 – Advanced training, analysis and support. This section of the workshop will be dedicated to:

  • some of the tips and tricks for experiment set-up, sample preparation and analysis,
  • problem solving and best practices,
  • experiment and data gathering simulation,
  • attendees have the opportunity to ask questions regarding issues or problems they encounter with their projects/experiments. Our team of experts will help and recommend best solution.

Followed by refreshment and lunch.


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