Quartz crystal microbalance apparatus for study of viscous liquids at high temperatures

Rev Sci Instrum. 2017 Feb;88(2):025112. doi: 10.1063/1.4976024.


A design for a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) setup for use with viscous liquids at temperatures of up to 300 °C is reported. The system response for iron and gold coated QCM crystals to two common lubricant base oils, polyalphaolefin and halocarbon, is reported, yielding results that are consistent with theoretical predictions that incorporate electrode nanoscale surface roughness into their analysis.