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ISSN: 2153-0777

Journal of Bioengineering and Bioelectronics
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Review Article

Quartz Crystal Microbalance in Cell Biology Studies

Jun Xi*, Jennifer Y. Chen, Marcela P. Garcia and Lynn S. Penn
Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Corresponding Author : Jun Xi, PhD
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Tel: 215-895-2648
Fax: 215-895-1265
E-mail: [email protected]
Received December 06, 2012; Accepted January 11, 2013; Published January 22, 2013
Citation: Xi J, Chen JY, Garcia MP, Penn LS (2013) Quartz Crystal Microbalance in Cell Biology Studies. J Biochip Tissue chip S5:001. doi:10.4172/2153-0777.S5-001
Copyright: © 2013 Xi J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

In the past two decades, quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) has evolved from a simple mass sensor to
a powerful bioanalytical tool that is capable of assessing the properties of complex biological materials
including cells. This evolution has led to the emergence of applications of the QCM in cell research that are
potentially relevant to fundamental cell biology, pharmaceutical development, medical diagnosis and prognosis, environmental analysis, etc. This review highlights some of the major advancements of QCM-based cell research and summarizes some of the technical advantages of the QCM that have impacted these advancements.

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