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  • 1 Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Centre de Recherche de Royallieu Département de Génie Chimique, CNRS UPRES A 6067 ‘Génie des Procédés’ B.P.20529 60205 Compiègne Cedex France
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This article is a review about the ways in which solidification and the melting may occur within emulsions submitted to steady cooling and heating performed in a differential scanning calorimeter. Simple, multiple and mixed emulsions are considered. Due to nucleation phenomena creating supercooled and supersaturated liquids, the DSC curves obtained during cooling and heating are quite different. The influence of a solute in the disperse phase is described in detail. Some implications about the instabilities of emulsions due to mass transfer phenomena are described.