When you are to invest in a new QCM-system, there are several aspects of the instrument to evaluate such as price, experimental capabilities and data quality. Price is straightforward, but how about the other two factors? Here we guide you how to asses experimental capabilities and data quality.
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The measurement methods can be divided into optical (needle and tilting methods) and force (Wilhelmy method) depending on the measurement principle used. All the methods are measuring advancing and receding contact angles which are used to calculate contact angle hysteresis.
You have finished a set of successful QCM experiments, and it is time to analyze the data. Mass and thickness quantification are on the to-do list, and you must decide between the Sauerbrey equation and viscoelastic modeling. Here we present guidelines on how to evaluate which method to use.
Interfacial tension of insulating liquids against water has been used for a long time as a criterion for aging evaluation. The latest revision for the ASTM D971 standard dates back to 2012. The new IEC standard is about the be released to improve the accuracy of the method.
There are several ways to deposit nanoparticles. It is important to look at the application at hand and decide which method is the most suitable. Most of the methods are able to coat the surface but to achieve controlled monolayer deposition requires more sophisticated methods.
The versatility of polyelectrolyte multilayers, PEMs, is high, which makes them interesting for e.g. biomedical applications. The functionality is largely determined by the layer properties, which needs to be understood to be tailored. Here, we show how PEMs can be characterized with QCM-D.
Contact angle hysteresis (CAH) is an important physical phenomenon. When you look through the window on a rainy day, you have probably noticed that some of the water droplets stick to the glass even though gravity is pulling them down. The phenomenon can be explained by contact angle hysteresis.
Temperature stability is key to achieve reliable and reproducible QCM measurements. But why is a stable temperature so important? And how will temperature variations affect your measurements? Here we explain the causes and effects of temperature related artifacts in QCM measurements.
Surfactants are used in many industrial fields. Characterization of surfactants is thus important to optimize their performance and the products they are applied to. Surface and interfacial tension measurements offer versatile method to study the properties and behavior of the surfactant solution.