Overview

Most suitable when

  • You want to maximize the available experimental context
    The possibility to combine QCM-D with other techniques invites you to expand the understanding of your surface processes 
  • You want to study a wide range of settings 
    QSense Explorer works with temperatures between 15-65 °C, variable gas phase pressures, and offers the possibility to use harsh solvents

3 reasons to invest

Maximum flexibility

The modular design creates plenty of possibilities for experimental setups, and you can move between experimental conditions. Maximum flexibility for you.
 

Combine with other techniques

Merging several techniques into the same setup and monitoring events on the same surface may provide complementary information and give you a more complete analysis. Specialty modules enables simultaneous QCM-D measurements with microscopy, electrochemistry and ellipsometry. 
 

Run experiments under special conditions

Extreme temperatures, variable gas phase pressures and the use of harsh solvents. QSense Explorer can handle them all. 
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Specifications

A closer look

Let's dive into the specifications of QSense Explorer. You can also compare it to other QSense instruments below to find what you are looking for. 

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Sensors and sample handling system

Number of sensors 1
Volume above the sensor ~ 40 µl
Minimum sample volume ~ 200 μl
Working temperature ± 0.02 °C * 15 - 65 °C
Minimum dispense volume
Sensors Gold, SiO2, Ti and other metals, oxides, glass, polymers, etc.


Measurement characteristics

 

Maximum time resolution

~ 200 data points per
second **
Maximum mass sensitivity in liquid ~ 0,5 ng/cm2***
Normal mass sensitivity in liquid ~ 1,8 ng/cm2****
Maximum dissipation sensitivity in
liquid
~ 0.04 x 10-6***
Normal dissipation sensitivity in liquid ~ 0.1 x 10-6****


Software

Analysis software QSense Dfind - Learn more here
Output parameters Frequency, dissipation, modeled values of mass, thickness and viscoelasticity
Import/export Excel, BMP, JPG, WMF, GIF, PCX, PNG, TXT


Dimensions

Electronics unit (HxWxL in cm) 18x36x21
Chamber (HxWxL in cm) 5x10x15

* The temperature stability depends on variations in how the ambient temperature affect the warming or cooling of the chamber. ** One sensor, one frequency. *** Data from one sensor in single frequency mode. One data point collected every 5 seconds. The Sauerbrey relation is assumed to be valid. **** Data from multiple frequency modes (all harmonics). Four data points are collected within 1 second. The Sauerbrey relation is assumed to be valid. All specifications are subject to change without notice. 

Sensors

Standard sensors
The sensor is at the heart of the QCM-D experiment. Browse the widest range of sensors on the market to find out which sensor material and coating is best suited for your research.
We offer over 50 standard sensors - from various metals, oxides and carbides to polymers, functionalized coatings and and standardized soils. Our sensors are developed and produced to provide you with stable, reliable and reproducible data. Full performance is ensured through extensive quality controls and guaranteed for one-time use according to the recommendations.
Customized sensors
Sensor materials and coatings based on your specific needs
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Software

QSoft and Dfind software

QSense softwares are designed for you to make the most out of your QCM-D measurements. QSoft is collecting your data whereas Dfind makes your analysis easier.

Dfind features

  • A complete analysis toolbox 
    One software for all your needs 
  • Intuitive interface 
    Dfind supports you all the way through your analysis process - from data preparation to final reporting
  • Guided modelling
    To take you through your analysis step by step 
  • Material library
    Configuring your modelling setup is easy, just select your sample material from the list
  • Autoplotting
    Visualizes your results throughout the whole analysis
  • Smart tools
    Dfind offers several analysis methods including shifts, rates and slopes to help you extract the information you need
  • Analyze all data in one go
    To save your time, Dfind allows you to review, model and analyze multiple data sets in one go
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Computer requirements

Required
  • PC with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1 or 10
  • At least 1366×768 px screen resolution
  • At least 4 GB RAM


Recommended
  • 1920×1080 Full HD screen resolution.
  • At least 8 GB RAM
  • At least 50 GB HD space
  • Core i5 5th generation Intel (or comparable) processor or better

Accessories

Add more possibilities

QSense Explorer is special. Our most versatile QCM-D instrument has a removable flow module that can be exchanged to to fit your research needs. We have selected a few extras for you to widen your possibilities, and you can find more choices below. 

Testimonials

What others say

Our instruments are present at many prestigious universities and research facilities worldwide. Take a minute to find out what others say about QSense. 

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Sivashankar Krishnamoorthy on QSense

"We use the QSense Explorer and Analyzer systems. We could get started rather quickly, thanks to the ease of using the systems."

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Dr Sivashankar Krishnamoorthy, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

"We spent time to understand different ways to customize the sensor chips, assay configuration, and flow routines to rational design of nanoplasmonic and nanopatterned sensors. Have had a great experience so far."

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Marité Cárdenas on QSense

"QSense instruments are a great tool for our biophysical research. They enable rapid screening for biomolecular interaction at lipid bilayers and also allow optimizing the parameters for deposition of thin films."

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Professor Dr. Marité Cárdenas, Health and Society, Malmö University

"The instrument is easy to use, and has a long working life as long as you follow the maintenance instructions! The technical staff at Biolin Scientific are a pleasure to work with: They are nice and always give quick feedback and support."

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Kenichi Sakai on QSense

"We regard QCM-D as a valuable measuring tool due to its high sensitivity and stability and find it applicable for versatile studies because of its availabilities of sensors with different types of surfaces. In this context I would say QCM-D is the best suitable solution for simulating a variety of nanoscale interaction behaviors both real-time & in-situ."

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Kenichi Sakai, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Science

"We are working on academic research in the field of colloid and interface chemistry and our main work is synthesis of novel surfactants and characterization of their properties. We use QCM-D as a must-tool to comprehend molecular adsorption/desorption behaviors specifically observed at a solid-liquid interface."

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Jodie Lutkenhaus on QSense

"We can monitor the mass change of our system in real-time. I can tell you that for every electron moved, this amount of mass changed. That’s powerful. You can’t really get that with any other system."

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Jodie Lutkenhaus, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

"We use the QSense high temperature model that allows us to investigate polyelectrolyte complexes and their response to temperature. We’re also using the electrochemistry module so we can run our standard electrochemical measurements at the same time as we run the QCM-D."

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Malkiat Johal on QSense

"I have found QSense to be one of the best techniques for an undergraduate lab because it’s turnkey and it requires very little maintenance."

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Malkiat Johal, Professor of Chemistry, Pomona College

"The operating principles are straightforward and the students can focus on the science. And so, that’s something that we have been really happy with, it really works in this kind of setting. It’s an ideal method for an undergraduate surface science lab."

Knowledge

Learn more

We have gathered all our in-depth knowledge associated with QSense Explorer. Browse around amongst guides, overviews and white papers to find a topic of interest. 

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How to read a QCM Specification

There are key parameters to keep an eye on when investing in a new QCM instrument. Learn what they mean, and why they are important.

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Information Obtained with QSense QCM-D

We have summarized the parameters and processes that can be studied with QCM-D for you.

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How to Characterize Lipid-Based Systems with QCM-D

You get a brief overview of how to analyze lipid layer formation dynamics, structure and layer quality.

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QSense Cleaning Profile

Explore a new way to evaluate product performance of detergents with our step-by-step guide.

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QCM-D vs other QCMs

We sort out the the differences between QCM methods to answer the question - does it matter which one I use?

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How to Analyze Combined QCM-D and Ellipsometry Data

Read this white paper for background theory and a step-by step guide on how to do it.

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Overview

The Sauerbrey Relation

Time to learn how the Sauerbrey relation is derived and what the parameters mean.

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Guide

QCM-D Data Analysis

We put together guidelines for you on how to evaluate which method to use, and what happens if you choose the wrong approach.

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Overview

QCM-D Studies of Engineered Nanoparticles

In this overview we explore three examples of nanoparticle analysis with QCM-D.

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Analytical Methods to Characterize Lipid-based Systems

In this overview, Prof. Nam-Joon Cho, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has compiled a list of the analytical methods he uses in his research to characterize lipid-based systems.

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Development of a New Method for the Formation of SLBs on Solid Support using QSense QCM-D

Watch our interview with Prof. Nam-Joon Cho, Nanyang Technological University, about the SALB-project.

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Determining Cleansing Efficacy of Elfan AT 84 using a QCM-D Assay

Hear Fredrik Andersson, Scientist at Global R&D, Nouryon, talk about how they used the QSense results to differentiate Elfan AT 84.

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Analyzing Cleaning of Hard Surfaces with QSense

Learn how to assess cleaning efficiency using model and standardized stains.

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QSense Etching Guide

Learn how to use QSense technology for assessment of detergent etching properties.

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QCM-D in Research

Explore the work of Prof. Nam-Joon Cho and his research group through their publications.

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Key Publications on the Formation of Supported Lipid Bilayers

We gathered 8 research studies where QCM-D was used as a central analysis method.

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QCM-D vs SPR

Learn more about the differences between the two methods to find out which you should use.

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The Working Principles of QCM and QCM-D

Learn the fundamentals of how the technologies work, and what is the difference between them.

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What is Dissipation?

This is your chance to find out what it is, why it is important, and how it can be measured.

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Temperature Stability in QCM Measurements

Achieve reliable and reproducible QCM measurements by controlling the temperature.

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How to Generate Quality QCM-D Data

Follow our checklist for high-quality data and reproducible measurements.

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How QCM Results are Influenced by Layer Distribution

The distribution of the measured layer is key to your results. Discover why and how to handle it.

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What is Piezoelectricity?

Bone, wood and quartz are all piezoelectric materials. Learn about piezoelectricity and how it works

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QCM-D vs other QCMs

Let this brief overview guide you to your most suitable choice of QCM.

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How to Optimize the QCM-D Baseline Stability

9 steps to eliminate error sources and optimize reproducibility

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Overview

Characterization of Polymer-based Systems

Analyze layer build-up, conformation and molecular interaction with QSense QCM-D

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Case Study

QCM-D in Drug Formulation and Storage

Analyze and quantify protein adsorption to surfaces.

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Analysis of Surfactant-Surface Interactions with QSense

Find out how to analyze surfactant interaction with surfaces at the nanoscale.

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Overview

What is a Viscoelastic material?

Ice, wood and a disks in the human spine are all viscoelastic materials. What does it really mean?

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Characterization of Biomolecular Interactions

Learn how biomolecular interactions can be analyzed using QSense® QCM-D technology and what information you can get.

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Webinar

Dfind Basic Training Course

Learn the basics of Dfind, get a walk-through of the software and watch two live demo examples.

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Webinar

Basics of QCM-D

Learn the fundamentals of the technology, its possibilities and limitations and get a deeper understanding of nanometer layers.

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How do we Stop the Next Pandemic from an Unknown Virus?

Listen to the webinar from Prof Nam-Joon Cho on how his group work with preventing future pandemics.

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Surface Science – a Field Rich in Science and Applications

Listen to Prof. Bengt Kasemo in this webinar on Surface Science - a field rich in science and applications.

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QCM-D Analysis in Virus-related Research

We collected examples of scientific publications in basic and applied research for you.

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Webinar

Biomaterials – Man-made Materials for Regenerative Medicine

Learn from Prof. Bengt Kasemo in this webinar on Biomaterials – man-made materials for regenerative medicine.

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QCM-D as a Tool to Study the Binding of Viruses

Hear researcher Gustaf Rydell, on how they used QCM-D to study interactions between virus particles and membrane associated glycolipids.

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QCM-D for Bacterial Adhesion Studies

Listen to Adam Olsson, McGill University, about how they use QCM-D for bacterial adhesion studies.

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Nanocellulose Research with QCM-D

Watch our webinar on Nanocellulose Research with QCM-D where we will discuss thin films of cellulose nanofibrils development, and their characterization. 

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Using QCM-D in the Food Industry

Learn more about QCM-D in food industry with studies of shelf life from Cornell University.

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Characterization of Surfaces and Surface Reactions in Energy Storage

Learn how QCM-D can be used to characterize surfaces and reactions for energy storage from Dr. Archana Jaiswal, Nanoscience Instruments.

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How Excipients, Surfaces and Formulation Conditions Affect Therapeutic Proteins

Can QCM-D quantify how surfactants affect protein-surface interaction? Watch this webinar with Dr. Archana Jaiswal to find out more.

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Overview

What is Biocompatibility?

In this overview we explain how biocompatibility is defined and give examples of what the property entails.

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Overview

The Dissipation Factor in QCM-D Technology

In this overview, we take a closer look at the behavior of the sensor oscillation at various types of loads and investigate what the D-factor reveals.

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Why it is Useful to use Multiple Overtones in QCM Measurements?

Learn what information the overtones offer in this overview.

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QSense Analysis in CMP

In this overview, we present how QSense® QCM-D technology can be used in molecule-surface interaction analysis and optimization of CMP related processes.

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Why the Resonance Frequency of a QCM Sensor is 5MHz

What determines the value of the fundamental resonance frequency? In this overview, we explain the theory behind the number.

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Case Study

Analyze Surface-induced Complement Activation

In this note we show how QCM-D can be used to evaluate biomaterial immunogenicity

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Analyzing Vapor Uptake and Release with QCM-D

Read about how QCM-D can be used to analyse how water uptake and release affects film thickness

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Monitoring of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Build-up and Crosslinking using QCM-D

In this note we show how PEM build-up and crosslinking can be characterized with QCM-D

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Screening Nanoparticle - Protein Interactions

Nanomaterials may interact with, and have adverse effects on, e.g., biological systems. Here we show how a model system can be used as an early screening method to characterize the nanoparticle uptake and biodurability

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QCM-D as a Screening Tool for Protein Adsorption

Proteins tend to passively adsorb to surfaces via hydrophobic interactions. In this application note we show how protein adsorption can be characterized with QCM-D.

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Characterization of Polymer Layer Swelling, Crosslinking and Collapse

Polymer brush response to ambient changes can be characterized with QCM-D. Here we show how

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