A liquid expansion microcalorimeter
A novel microcalorimeter based on a miniature liquid-in-glass thermometer is described. Heat is transduced into an optical, rather than electrical, signal, facilitating a future array format. The instrument performs batch analysis (drop mixing) with a 2 μL sample volume. Energy changes of 4 μJ produced by a dilution of sulfuric acid are resolvable. The effect of evaporation, and measures taken to limit it, are discussed.
Keywordscalorimeter interferometer liquid expansion microjoule
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