Thermochimica Acta, Vol.420, No.1-2, 111-117, 2004
Enthalpy of solution of alpha-cyclodextrin in water and in formamide at 298.15 K
A new dissolution microcalorimeter that can measure enthalpies of dissolution of slightly soluble solids was developed by Ingemar Wadso at Lund University, and the prototype as well as the commercial vessel were tested in our laboratory. Recently we did report the testing of the prototype and we are now extending the previous investigation to measurements with an organic solvent in the commercial vessel. The instrument performance was found to be as good with formamide as with water. The vessel was calibrated chemically (dissolution of KCl in water) and electrically, by means of a permanent and an insertion heater. The results obtained from the three methods are compared and discussed. The enthalpy of dissolution of a-cyclodextrin, dry and hydrated with six water molecules, was determined in water and in formamide. The results are discussed in terms of the difference between water and formamide as regarding dissolution and binding to the cyclodextrin molecule. 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.