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Frequency Behavior of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (Qcm) in Contact with Selected Solutions

Z. A. Talib, Z. Baba, S. Kurosawa, H. A.A. Sidek, A. Kassimb and W. M.M. Yunus


A device was constructed to monitor viscosity of solutions using fundamental frequency of 9 MHz and 10 MHz quartz crystal. Piezoelectric quartz crystals with gold electrodes were mounted by O-ring in between liquid flow cell. Only one side of the crystal was exposed to the solutions which were pumped through silicon tube by a peristaltic pump. The measured frequency shift was observed in order to investigate the interfacial behavior of some selected solution in contact with one surface of Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM). An analysis of the interaction between an AT-cut quartz crystal microbalance and various liquid system of analytical interest is presented. The analysis which includes piezoelectric effects and other influences; liquid properties, experimental conditions and the characteristic of the solution are reported. Oscillation in distilled water is taken as a reference. The frequency change caused by the density (ρ, gcm-3) and viscosity (η gcm-1s-1) were found to be proportional to the square root of the product, (ρ η). The result suggested that analysis of small frequency shifts during EQCM studies needs to account for changes in ρ and η of the solution. Generally, all the liquid tested showed an increment of the frequency shift with increasing content of solutes. For each solution, the frequency was recorded as the concentration increases from distilled water to a very concentrated solution. The frequency measurements carried out for saccharide solution produces the maximum changes of frequency shift compared with other solutions.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 3 No. 5, 2006, 1853-1858


Submitted On: 9 May 2006 Published On: 31 May 2006

How to Cite: Talib, Z. A., Baba, Z., Kurosawa, S., Sidek, H. A., Kassimb, A. & Yunus, W. M. (2006). Frequency Behavior of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (Qcm) in Contact with Selected Solutions . American Journal of Applied Sciences, 3(5), 1853-1858.

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  • Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM)
  • liquid sensor
  • saccharide