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Adsorption-Induced Surface Stress Effect on the Resonance Behavior of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance

[+] Author Affiliations
H. Zhuang, S. P. Lim

National University of Singapore, Singapore

P. Lu

Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore

Paper No. ESDA2006-95193, pp. 947-953; 7 pages
  • ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 2: Automotive Systems, Bioengineering and Biomedical Technology, Fluids Engineering, Maintenance Engineering and Non-Destructive Evaluation, and Nanotechnology
  • Torino, Italy, July 4–7, 2006
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4249-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3779-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The effect of adsorption-induced surface stress on the response of a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) with reduced size is investigated. The model proposed here incorporates the adsorption-induced surface stress into the basic equations, where surface stress is characterized by experimentally determined parameters. Some numerical examples show that as the dimensions of a QCM shrinks, surface stress trends to play an important role in sensing, and is more significant for smaller scales. Therefore, the measured resonance frequency shift of a QCM is induced by combination of mass loading and adsorption-induced surface stress. The model discussed here can be used to provide an insight into the fundamental understanding of the effect of adsorption-induced surface stress on micro- and nano-QCM response of deposited metal films, or bio-molecular adsorption.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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