Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Isothermal Calorimetry
Introduktion till isoterm kalorimetri

VBM002F, 4.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2021
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2013-05-06

General Information

Division: Building Materials
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The primary aim is to give the participants an overview of isothermal calorimetry and how this measurement technique can be used in different fields of science and technology. After the course the participants should be able to use an isothermal calorimeter. Secondary aims are to encourage participants to: • collaborate cross-disciplinary (for example, students of chemistry working together with students of civil engineering). • read literature in other fields than their own. • develop ad hoc experimental procedures and instrumentation.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Engage with the experimental problems that arises during the course and have an open mind concerning their own experiments. It is also essential that the participants can value their results, both in terms of trueness and scatter.

Course Contents

Practically all processes - physical, chemical and biological - are accompanied by energy changes expressed as release or uptake of heat. These changes may be determined by calorimetric measurements and calorimetry is therefore a measurement technique that can be used in all fields of science and technology, for example for: - Stability measurements of explosives, oxidative agents etc. - Heat capacity measurement on solids and liquids. - Compatibility testing, e.g. of chemicals and packaging materials - Sorption of vapors on solids like textiles, pharmaceuticals, food stuffs etc. - Microbial growth in different types of food - Mapping of phase diagrams - Cement hydration as a function of water-cement ratio, temperature, additives etc. - Battery efficiency as a function of discharging program - Corrosion of metals in gas and liquid - Enthalpy of vaporization of water and other liquids - Seed and grain germination In this course I will give an introduction to calorimetry with the focus on isothermal (non-scanning) calorimetry. The course will include seminars, experimental work and text studies. The course ends with an exam (or home exam for those who are not in Lund at that time). The experiments will be made on isothermal calorimeters at Division of Building Materials.

Course Literature

Scientific papers.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, laboratory exercises, self-study literature review. The time schedule for the course is decided at the start of the course.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, seminars given by participants. Activity during the seminars and the experimental part of course.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: All PhD-students at engineering, science and medical departments are qualified
Assumed prior knowledge: None
Selection criteria: None

Further Information

Lars Wadsö, Building Materials LTH (

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