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  • 1 Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee, 37996-1600 Knoxville, TN
  • | 2 Chemical and Analytical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 37831-6197 Oak Ridge, TN USA
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The quality of measurement of heat capacity by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is based on the symmetry of the twin calorimeters. This symmetry is of particular importance for the temperature-modulated DSC (TMDSC) since positive and negative deviations from symmetry cannot be distinguished in the most popular analysis methods. Three different DSC instruments capable of modulation have been calibrated for asymmetry using standard non-modulated measurements and a simple method is described that avoids potentially large errors when using the reversing heat capacity as the measured quantity. It consists of overcompensating the temperature-dependent asymmetry by increasing the mass of the sample pan.