About a month ago I started a discussion on great ideas for an undergrad research. My research adviser proposed one for me and it's going to be on Differential Scanning Calorimetry Investigations on biological molecules. As of now I don't know a lot of information about this technique and what it entails. I will be reading more about it during the summer but I would appreciate it if someone who knows a little more about it could give me some info. Thanks!
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is one of the thermoanalytical techniques in which the difference in energy inputs into a substance and a reference material is measured as a function of temperature whilst the substance and reference material are subjected to a controlled temperature programme. Some application of DSC includes:
Phase transformations, Phase diagrams
Degree of crystallinity
Glass transition temperatures
In My field of work DSC is used to analyze the different phase transitions that occur on heating the compounds to the melt and then cooling back to room temperature..
Hope this help a little... You probably learn more about this technique as you read more about it and also when you actually see how the instrument works..