Presidential address

Welcome to the web site of the Japan Society of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (JSCTA)!

The heat can be regarded as the waste most ubiquitous in nature, according to the second law of thermodynamics. It is this ubiquity that enables us to utilize the heat as a messenger of any phenomena in laboratory and/or field. The Japan Society of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (JSCTA) consists of individuals who are involved in this research and development fields and companies which use related techniques or develop instruments for this purpose.

Japan is a country that has largely contributed to the progress of thermal analysis. In 1915, Prof. Kotaro Honda, who is more famous by the invention of magnetic materials, invented the thermobalance (known nowadays as the thermogravimetry, TG, as a name of the technique). Methodologies to analyze solid-state reaction kinetics were first proposed in 1925 by T. Kujirai and T. Akahira, and have still been developed. Although the history of a calorimetric study in Japan is shorter than that of thermal analysis, the contributions by Japanese calorimetrists have also been highly respected.

The JSCTA was established in 1973 after eight successful conferences (Japanese Conference of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis, JCCTA) and has contributed to the filed not only domestically but also internationally through the collaboration with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the International Confederation of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC), the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics (IACT), and the Calorimetry Conference (CalCon). Indeed, JSCTA has hosted many international conferences such as ICTA V (1977), ICCT-96 (1996), ICCT-2010 (2010) and ICTAC15 (2012), and has organized international conferences including quadrennial International and Japan-China Joint Symposium on Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (CATS), quinquennial Joint Meeting with and CalCon, and triennial International Symposium on the New Frontiers of Thermal Studies of Materials.

JCCTA has been one of biggest annual conferences solely focused on calorimetry and thermal analysis in the world. In JCCTA, academic and industrial researchers present and discuss their findings in a huge variety of thermal phenomenon (from inorganic materials to biology of purely academic to industrial interests) on the common basis of thermal techniques. This variety in specialties of members who are commonly involved in thermal study is a notable and crucially important character of the society. I believe that developments of not only new experimental techniques but also new fields of research and/or development can be realized through good collaborations among members with diverse background. The JSCTA is honored to have played in past and to play in future such roles as the society of diversity.

Kazuya SAITO, President