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. 


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
~ 0.04 x 10-6***
Normal dissipation sensitivity in liquid ~ 0.1 x 10-6****


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


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 to match your needs

The choice of sensor is crucial for your experiment. To match your needs we have the widest range of quality sensors on the market, and we can customize both materials and coatings based on your wishes. 

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. Browse the list below to find your choice or contact us for a query on customized sensors.

Sensor description  Model system examples  Application examples
Aluminium (Al)  Electrodes  Electrochemistry, lithium insertion, energy
Aluminium Oxide (Al2O3) Water treatment plant, nanoparticles  Environmental
AlSiO  Kaolinite mimic  Energy, mining
Amine Coupling Biological, biochemical interactions Antibody optimization, protein-protein interactions and probing of conformational changes
Amorphous Fluoropolymer AF1600 from DuPont Teflon, non-stick surfaces, inert surfaces  Protein surfaces, cleaning and detergent analysis, petroleum
Barium Titanate (BaTiO3)   Dielectric ceramic used for capacitors  
Biotin (on gold)  Biological, biochemical interaction  Molecular biology, protein interactions, antigens
Borosilicate glass  Labware, syringes, cookware  Pharmaceuticals, cleaning and detergent anlysis
Cellulose (on SiO2)  Fabric, filter, fiber  Enzyme interactions, cleaning and detergent analysis, electrochemistry, biofuels
Chromium (Cr)  Coating  Corrosion, electronics
Cobalt (Co)  Orthopedic implant, battery, pigment, porcelain  Medical device, energy, electroplating
Copper (Cu)  Wire, cables, coating  Corrosion, antifouling
Gold (Au)  Universal surface  Thiols, anything – everything sticks to gold
Gold (Ti Adhesion)  Universal surface  Fundamental electrochemistry
His-tag Capturing  Biological, biochemical interactions  Antibody studies, protein-protein, probing of conformational changes
Hydroxyapatite  Bone, teeth, bioinspired material, mineral  Biomaterials, medical device
Iron (Fe)  Combustion engine, nano particles  Corrosion, environmental transport, energy
Iron Oxide (Fe2O3)   Hematite mimic, nanoparticles, pipelines  Solar energy, photocatalyst, energy, environmental
Iron Oxide (Fe3O4) Magnetite mimic, pipelines, nanoparticles Pigment catalyst, corrosion, biofilm formation, environmental transport, energy
Indium Tin Oxide (ITO on Au) Solar panel Energy, solar cells
Magnesium (Mg) Mineral Energy, mining, also used in cars, bikes, cell phones
Molybdenum (Mo) Mineral Energy, mining (also replaces Tungsten in some applications and used as fertilizer)
NHS-Amine Coupling Biological, biochemical interaction Protein interactions, molecular biology, antigens
Nylon “6,6”  Nylon fabric Cleaning and detergent analysis
Polyethylenimine (PEI) Additive, flocculating agent  Detergents, adhesives, water treatment agents, cosmetics, wet-strength agent in the paper-making process.
Platinum (Pt) Electrodes Fuel cells, catalytic converters, energy
Polystyrene (PS) Hydrophobic surface, filters Cell studies, inert surfaces, filter interaction, medical device
Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Plexiglass, microfluidic material, biomaterial, bonecement, dentalfilling, lenses Biomedical, aquariums, car headlights
Polyvinylidene Fluoride(PVDF) Plastic, pharmaceutical filter and falcon tube Container interactions, harmaceutical industry
Silicon (Si) Semiconductor Energy, etching
Silicon Carbide (SiC) Rare mineral moissanite, carbone supporters, electrodes Energy, catalysts, electronics
Silicon Dioxide (SiO2) Glass Etching processes, silanization, cleaning and detergent analysis
Silicon Nitride (SiN) Biomaterials, integrated circuits Electronics, medical device
Silicon Oxycarbide (SiOC) Carbon supports, electrodes Catalysts, LEDs, brakes, graphene production, energy
Silver (Ag) Nano particles, antimicrobial coating Environmental transport, coatings, materials
Soda-lime glass Household glass (bottles, jars) labware Cleaning products, surface interactions
Stainless Steel (SS2343, US 316) Acid resistant steel Environmental, polluted industrial or city environments
Stainless Steel (L605) Stents Medical device, biomaterials, blood coagulation
Tantalum (Ta) Electrodes, reactors Alloys, electronics, energy
Tantalum Nitride (TaN) Electrodes Electronics
Titanium (Ti) Medical implants Medical device, biomaterials
Tungsten (W) Electrodes Etching processes
Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Minerals Mining, energy, rubber manufacture, ceramic industry, calamine lotion
Zinc Sulfide (ZnS)  Mineral Energy, mining, luminiscent and optical material, pigment
Zirconium Oxide (ZrO) Ceramics, fuel cell, membrane Alloys sintering, energy

Standardized soils*

Standardized used cooking oil    
Mixed starch, colored (CFT DM 77)  
Egg Yolk, double (CFT DM 22)  
Coffee with milk (CFT DM 83)  

Sensors come in packs of minimum 5. * Deposited on SiO2


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

Computer requirements

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

  • 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


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. 


What others say

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


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."


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."

Jodie Lutkenhaus

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."


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."


Marité Cárdena 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 optimising 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."