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QCM-I in Glove Box

Quartz Crystal Microbalance in Glove Box

MicroVacuum’s high performance QCM-I device is a Quartz Crystal Microbalance System with impedance analyses and dissipation monitoring (QCM -D), the Glove-Box QCM-I takes the high performance QCM-I instrument into a format suitable for mounting in a Glove-box or controlled atmosphere chamber and also includes the option of a wider temperature range e.g. between -30 °C and 80 °C.
The Principles of QCM-I (QCM-D) - Figure 1

The Principles of QCM-I

Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Impedance Analysis (QCM-I) and Dissipation Monitoring (QCM-D) The Quartz Crystal Microbalance is a well-established and sensitive technique used to measure the interactions of molecules, polymers and biological assemblies with a sensor surface, in air or liquid, label-free and in real time. It is based on the change in resonant frequency of […]
In situ viscoelastic properties and chain conformations of heavily hydrated carboxymethyl dextran layers

A comparative study using OWLS and QCM-I chips coated with waveguide material

We are very proud that both of our OWLS and QCM-I biosensor systems were used in the recent comparative study published on See the abstract below and visit to read the full publication. In situ viscoelastic properties and chain conformations of heavily hydrated carboxymethyl dextran layers: a comparative study using OWLS and QCM-I […]

Variations in Coupled Water, Viscoelastic Properties, and Film Thickness of a Mefp-1 Protein Film during Adsorption and Cross-Linking:  A Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation Monitoring, Ellipsometry, and Surface Plasmon Resonance Study

Abstract We have measured the time-resolved adsorption kinetics of the mussel adhesive protein (Mefp-1) on a nonpolar, methyl-terminated (thiolated) gold surface, using three independent techniques:  quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), surface plasmon resonance, and ellipsometry. The QCM-D and ellipsometry data shows that, after adsorption to saturation of Mefp-1, cross-linking of the protein layer […]

Simultaneous determination of optical and acoustic thicknesses of protein layers using surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy and quartz crystal microweighing

Abstract The optical and the acoustic thicknesses of protein layers during adsorption were simultaneously determined by a combination of surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy and quartz crystal microweighing. Coupling of the surface plasmon was achieved by etching a diffraction grating into the quartz surface prior to the deposition of the metal electrode. The evolution of the […]

The Density and Refractive Index of Adsorbing Protein Layers

Abstract The structure of the adsorbing layers of native and denatured proteins (fibrinogen, γ-immunoglobulin, albumin, and lysozyme) was studied on hydrophilic TiO2 and hydrophobic Teflon-AF surfaces using the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation and optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy techniques. The density and the refractive index of the adsorbing protein layers could be determined from the […]

Formation of supported bacterial lipid membrane mimics

Abstract In recent years, a large effort has been spent on advancing the understanding of how surface-supported membranes are formed through vesicle fusion. The aim is to find simple model systems for investigating biophysical and biochemical interactions between constituents of cell membranes and, for example, drugs and toxins altering membrane function. Designing and controlling the […]

Elongation kinetics of polyglutamine peptide fibrils: a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation study.

Abstract Abnormally expanded polyglutamine domains in proteins are associated with several neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington’s disease. Expansion of the polyglutamine (polyQ) domain facilitates aggregation of the affected protein, and several studies directly link aggregation to neurotoxicity. Studies of synthetic polyQ peptides have contributed substantially to our understanding of the mechanism of aggregation. In this report, […]

Attachment of Pathogenic Prion Protein to Model Oxide Surfaces

Abstract Prions are the infectious agents in the class of fatal neurodegenerative diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, which affect humans, deer, sheep, and cattle. Prion diseases of deer and sheep can be transmitted via environmental routes, and soil is has been implicated in the transmission of these diseases. Interaction with soil particles is expected […]

Fibronectin terminated multilayer films: protein adsorption and cell attachment studies

Abstract Electrostatically driven layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly is a simple and robust method for producing structurally tailored thin film biomaterials, of thickness ca. 10nm, containing biofunctional ligands. We investigate the LbL formation of multilayer films composed of polymers of biological origin (poly(L-lysine) (PLL) and dextran sulfate (DS)), the adsorption of fibronectin (Fn)–a matrix protein known to […]
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