The chemical industry comprises companies that convert raw materials such as oil, natural gas, air, water, metals and minerals, into tens of thousands of different products.
The chemical industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in developed countries. The chemical industry produces mostly chemicals, like polymers, petrochemicals and basic inorganic chemicals to be used by other companies before ending up in consumer products.
Chemical substances and mixtures are part of all aspects of our lives and are found literally everywhere. In some cases, their behavior in a certain environment and in the meeting with certain surfaces can be relevant and of interest, since these may influence the chemical’s behavior to deviate from the one intended. Take, for example, surfactants and polymers, which are chemicals found in abundance in our daily lives. Surfactants are widely used as important components in detergents and other cleaning agents, in oil processing and recovery, and in pharmaceutical formations, to mention but a few. To understand the behavior of surfactants and emulsion stability is of utmost importance to ensure the quality of the products.
Polymers are found in more areas than any other material, such as adhesives, coatings, foams, foods, cosmetics, clothes and many more. All of these areas are related to an interface in one way or the other, meaning that an understanding of the interfacial behavior and characteristics is important for the design and control of molecular behavior at the end user.
QSense® QCM-D is a line of instrumentation for the real-time assessment of surface interaction analysis that will help you get the full picture of your surface-molecule interactions. Characterize phenomena and interactions at liquid/solid interfaces such as adsorption kinetics, layer thickness, morphological changes and the stability of the molecule-surface interactions