As one primary component of Vitamin B3, nicotinic acid [pyridine 3-carboxylic acid] was synthesized, and calorimetric study and thermal analysis for this compound
were performed. The low-temperature heat capacity of nicotinic acid was measured with a precise automated adiabatic calorimeter
over the temperature rang from 79 to 368 K. No thermal anomaly or phase transition was observed in this temperature range.
A solid-to-solid transition at Ttrs=451.4 K, a solid-to-liquid transition at Tfus=509.1 K and a thermal decomposition at Td=538.8 K were found through the DSC and TG-DTG techniques. The molar enthalpies of these transitions were determined to be
ΔtrsHm=0.81 kJ mol-1, ΔfusHm=27.57 kJ mol-1 and ΔdHm=62.38 kJ mol-1, respectively, by the integrals of the peak areas of the DSC curves.