Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring (QCM-D)

QCM-D is a powerful tool for investigating mass changes and interactions occurring at surfaces as well as changes in viscoelasticity of surface bound materials.

QCM-D is a very flexible, real-time technique with nanogram sensitivity that enables analysis of phenomena such as:

  • Uptake/release of material from surfaces
  • Friction forces
  • Interactions and reactions on surfaces
  • Cross-linking and aggregation
  • Thin film swelling, dissolution and corrosion.

Systems that can be studied include:

  • Polymers, proteins and lipids
  • Surfactants
  • Nanoparticles and nanocomposites
  • Microorganisms
  • Petroleum components.

Due to its versatility, the QCM-D can be used for a number of research and industrial applications, including:

  • Biomaterials and medical devices
  • Tribology
  • Consumer products e.g. cleaning and detergent analysis
  • Biofuels, environmental and energy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics‌.

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