7 min

Why temperature stability is critical in QCM-measurements

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.

~ 6 min

What to consider when analyzing combined QCM-D and ellipsometry data

QCM-D and ellipsometry are two surface sensitive real-time technologies that can be used in combination to give synergistic effects. To make to most of the combined output data, there are some aspects to consider when setting up the combined experiment and when analyzing the captured data.

> 5 min

What is the difference between QCM mass and Ellipsometry mass?

The mass extracted by QCM-D and ellipsometry are often not the same. So, what is the difference between these masses, and why are they not equal?

> 4 min

What is the Sauerbrey equation?

In the context of QCM technology, there is often a reference to the so-called Sauerbrey equation. Here we explain what this equation is, and when it should be used.

> 4 min

What is a biomaterial?

The concept ‘Biomaterial’ is fairly frequently encountered. Here we explain what defines a biomaterial, and where this category of material is used.

3 min

What is dissipation?

Talking about QCM-based instrumentation, one often comes across the concepts of ‘dissipation’ or ‘damping’. Here we explain what these concepts mean, and why are they relevant.

> 5 min

How to measure swelling of thin films with QCM-D

The ability to take up and release water is central for many materials, such as hydrogels, whose function depend on the ability to hydrate and dehydrate. Hydration and swelling are also central when dealing with hygroscopic materials. QCM-D can be used to characterize such swelling phenomenon.

> 5 min

How to measure surface adsorption and desorption with QCM-D

Adsorption and desorption phenomena are important to study in e.g. surface science and bio-related applications, where molecules are interacting with surfaces.

> 5 min

How to measure thin film degradation with QCM-D

Thin film degradation is sometimes wanted and sometimes not. In both cases, it can be important to characterize so that it can be optimized and controlled.

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