Quantification of the viscoelasticity of the bond of biotic and abiotic particles adhering to solid-liquid interfaces using a window-equipped quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation

van der Westen, R., van der Mei, H. C., De Raedt, H., Olsson, A. L. J., Busscher, H. J. & Sharma, P. K., 1-Dec-2016, In : Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 148, p. 255-262 8 p.

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The quartz-crystal-microbalance-with-dissipation (QCM-D) has become a powerful tool for studying the bond viscoelasticity of biotic and abiotic colloidal particles adhering to substratum surfaces. A window equipped QCM-D allows high-throughput analysis of the average bond viscoelasticity, measuring over 106 particles simultaneously in one single experiment. Other techniques require laborious analyses of individual particles. In this protocol, the quantitative derivation of the spring-constant and drag-coefficient of the bond between adhering colloidal particles and substratum surfaces using QCM-D is explained for bacteria and silica particles, using the particle-mass derived for validation. Bond viscoelasticity is calculated using a coupled resonator model, paying special attention to the protocol for mathematical fitting needed to obtain reliable quantitative output. Knowledge of the viscoelasticity of the bond between colloidal particles and substratum surfaces facilitates development of new strategies to detach adhering particles from or retain them on a surface. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Publication statusPublished - 1-Dec-2016


  • Bacteria, Particles, Adhesion, Bond, Bond stiffness, Viscoelasticity, Quartz crystal microbalance, Kelvin-Voigt, ATOMIC-FORCE MICROSCOPY, BACTERIAL-CELLS, SURFACES, BIOFILMS, PHASE, FLOW

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