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The Thermal Methods Group (TMG) is a special interest group of the Analytical Division of the Royal

Society of Chemistry with affiliation to the International Confederation of Thermal Analysis and

Calorimetry (ICTAC). There is close collaboration with other European thermal analysis groups. 


For general information about the Thermal Methods Group or meetings, please complete our Enquiry Form

Membership is open to anyone regardless of discipline. Visit Joining the TMG

The Mission of the Thermal Methods Group

To promote awareness of all thermo analytical, calorimetric and related techniques by a wide range of activities, including regular scientific meetings, training workshops and publications.

As a regular feature, the group organizes two key meetings per annum.  These are typically held in April and November.  The April thermal analysis event (TAC) covers a broad range of topics. 

The second meeting generally revolves around a particular theme or subject area.



TAC 2015.

50th Anniversary Conference of the RSC Thermal Methods Group


This will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge, 30th March to 1st April 2015.

This 3 day event will explore the past, present and future developments of Thermal Analysis. A comprehensive Manufacturers Exhibition and presentations will allow attendees to see the latest advances available in current available technology.


A conference dinner to celebrate 50 years of the TMG will be held at the atmospheric Corpus Christie College on Tuesday 31st March and the cost of this will be included in Conference Registration.


Plenary Speakers:

Prof Bill Jones (University of Cambridge)


Bill is Professor of Materials Research at Cambridge and has a particular interest in Solid State Chemistry and Crystal Engineering.


Vincent Mathot


Vincent is a visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Luevan. A polymer scientist who in 2002 received the NATAS Mettler Toledo Award for outstanding achievement in Thermal Analysis.


Prof Ingolf Lamprecht (Free University of Berlin)


A world renown expert in biological calorimetry. Ingolf was awarded the 2008 Seteram ICTAC award for outstanding achievement in the field of calorimetry.


Prof Jean Rouquerol


Jean is past President of ICTAC and an expert in sample controlled calorimetry.



If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster at the conference, please submit an abstract (up to 300 words) to



  • TAC 2015 Flier download HERE
  • To register, please click HERE
  • Abstract guidance notes click HERE
  • Poster Guidance, click HERE



TAC 2014 meeting report


"The Use of Thermal Analysis for Product Development"


1st and 2nd April 2014, GSK Ware


Once again, a very enjoyable and informative meeting was held at the excellent GSK facilities in Ware, Hertfordshire. The TMG committee would like to thank all those who attended and also for the continued support of the companies who exhibited at the meeting.

This year saw and excellent selection of papers and poster submissions from a wide variety of application areas reflecting well the diversity of fields that Thermal techniques are found to contribute to research, development and quality assurance in the modern world.


As in previous years, a Thermal Analysis Training day was held on the 31st March, preceding the main meeting. Feedback from this training day highlighted how well these days are received is proving invaluable to the TMG Committee in formulating future programmes.

The biannual Cyril Keattch Award Competition was this year won by Katie Hardie from the School of Materials, University of Manchester with an excellent presentation at the TAC 2014 entitled " Differential Scanning Calorimetry as a Primary Tool for the Development of a Semi-Permanent Hair Straightening Technology".

Three candidates were shortlisted to present their papers and all were deemed excellent and although a difficult decision, Katie was deemed a very deserving winner by the judges.

Katie will receive an Award Certificate and a 1000 bursary towards conference Registration, travel and living expenses allowing them to present the winning paper at the 11th European Symposium on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ESTAC 11) held August 17th -21st 2014 Espoo, Finland








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