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