The courses on "Hot Stage Microscopy and Polymorphism in Theory and Practice" will be held at the University of Innsbruck, Institute of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology, Josef-Moeller Haus, Innrain 52c, A-6020 Innsbruck.

Course language: English

Next course:
Due to reconstruction works in the Josef-Moeller House detailled informations will be announced as soon as possible.

Course outline

  • Theory, principle, importance and applications of thermomicroscopic techniques

  • The hot stage microscope and hot-bench-state of the art operation

  • Become acquainted with the most important types of hot stages

  • Exact melting point determination of organic compounds

  • Concomitant phenomena during melting point determinations (realization, understanding)

  • Quick determination of a mixed melting point and an eutectic temperature

  • Identification of organic (drug-)substances using thermomicroscopic methods

  • Polymorphism and solvates (hydrates): theory, analytical and practical aspects

  • Observation of phase transitions: polymorphism, solvates (hydrates)

  • Analysis of binary systems (eutectics, molecular compounds, solid solutions) with the hot stage microscope (contact method according to Kofler)

  • Mesophases: Liquid crystalline compounds, plastic crystals


Optionally we can provide information about following topics:

  • Introduction to strategies in finding and characterizing polymorphic forms, hydrates and solvates

  • Introduction to analytical techniques in polymorphism research such as

    further analytical techniques:

    DSC/TGA, Powder X-ray diffraction, infrared-(micro)spectroscopy, Raman-spectroscopy and moisture sorption analysis (hydrates)

  • Interpretation of thermal analytical data and construction of energy-temperature diagrams 


To register for our course please complete and submit the online registration form below. All fields are required.

Online Registration

After registration you will receive an invoice. Please make your deposit of the appropriate amount into our account two weeks prior to the course.
The registration fee includes course documents, a dinner and coffee breaks.

Registration fee

please contact Ms. Ing. Elisabeth Gstrein for detailed information


University of Innsbruck
Institute of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology
Josef-Moeller Haus
Innrain 52 c
6020 Innsbruck