The paper describes a new transient hot wire instrument which employs 25.4 μm diameter tantalum wire with an insulating tantalum
pentoxide coating. This hot-wire cell with a thin insulating layer is suitable for measurement of the thermal conductivity
and the thermal diffusivity of electrically conducting and polar liquids. This instrument has been used for experimental measurement
of the thermal conductivity and the thermal diffusivity of poly(acrylic acid) solution (50 mass%) in the temperature range
of 299 to 368 K at atmospheric pressure. The thermal conductivity data is estimated to be accurate within ±4%. Thermal diffusivity
measurements have a much higher uncertainty (±30%) and need further refinement.