An investigation of calibration methods for solution calorimetry

B. T. S. Yff, P.G. Royall, Marc Brown, Gary P. Martin

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    Solution calorimetry has been used in a number of varying applications within pharmaceutical research as a technique for the physical characterisation of pharmaceutical materials, such as quantifying small degrees of amorphous content, identifying polymorphs and investigating interactions between drugs and carbohydrates or proteins and carbohydrates. A calibration test procedure is necessary to validate the instrumentation; a few of the suggested calibration reactions are the enthalpies of solution associated with dissolving Tris in 0.1 M HCl or NaCl, KCl or propan-1-ol in water. In addition, there are a number of different methods available to determine enthalpies of solution from the experimental data provided by the calorimeter, for example, the Regnault-Pfaundler's method, a graphical extrapolation based on the Dickinson method, or a manual integration-based method. Thus, the aim of the study was to investigate how each of these methods influences the values for the enthalpy of solution. Experiments were performed according to the method outlined by Hogan and Buckton [Int. J. Pharm. 207 (2000) 57] using KCl (samples of 50, 100 and 200 mg), Tris and sucrose as calibrants. For all three materials the manual integration method was found to be the most consistent with the KCl in water (sample mass of 200 mg) being the most precise. Thus, this method is recommended for the validation of solution calorimeters. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)361-372
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Pharmaceutics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2004


    • solution calorimetry
    • calibrations
    • potassium chloride
    • sucrose
    • WATER
    • STATE


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