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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Test

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    $285 per analysis

  • Turnaround time

    7 - 9 Business Days

  • Rush


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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Test

Technical data sheet


Method description

A sample is heated/cooled at a constant rate measuring energy transitions.

Acceptable matrices

Solids and liquids

Limit of quantitation

Thermal transitions can be measured in the range of –50°C to 700°C.


Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

Method reference

Internally Developed Method

Reportable unit

Energy (J/g) and Temperature (°C) at each transition

Sample size requirements

10 g

Information required by submitter

Please supply estimates

Additional information

This thermal analysis technique measures endothermic and exothermic transitions as samples are heated or cooled. Applications to foods include freezing and melting temperatures, gelatinization temperatures in starches and flours, protein denaturation, and fat melting characteristics. Glass transitions in foods and polymers can also be determined. NOTE: If the goal of testing is to determine the freezing point of your sample, please contact us to discuss testing applicability and protocol. Crystal formation (freezing) relies on nucleation that may not be controlled in this analysis. Super-cooling may occur and cause the measurement of freezing temperatures below the sample’s freezing point.

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Common Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Test Testing Questions

While our sales and customer service team are happy to answer general testing questions, consultations typically start at a rate of $250 per 30 minutes regarding the interpretation of reported test results or questions about our test methods. We cannot consult on regulations, tolerance limits, or claims.

We make every effort to keep our methods and detection limits up to date according to the latest standards and qualifications. If you have any questions regarding the limit of detection/quantification or method references, please contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-245-5615.

Our standard turnaround time is 10 business days for most assays. There are some assays that require a longer turnaround time. We also offer a RUSH service that is half the time of the standard turnaround time of the assay at double the cost of the assay. A few assays that we provide cannot be rushed due to the nature of the test. Please check the specific assay you are interested in regarding the ability to RUSH the turnaround time.

Medallion Labs, a division of General Mills, offers multiple areas of expertise for analytical testing and product evaluation for the food and ingredient industry. Our areas of expertise include Chemical Analysis, Nutritional Analysis, Food Safety, Shelf Life Studies, Microbiology, Specialty Fibers, Physical Testing, Allergen Testing, as well as Product Evaluation (which includes Product Performance and Sensory Evaluation) and Technical Consulting/Method Development. Our methods are developed for the testing of food products and ingredients.

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