Interest in the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) for study of soft materials at hard surfaces has been growing considerably over the past several years. A key component of this effort is the availability of a variety of several types of instrumentation with their different sets of advantages and disadvantages. A second component of this effort is the theoretical development that is being led by Dr. Kay Kanazawa, former Director of the CPIMA Shared Experimental Facility. Kanazawa spends 1/2 day per week at Stanford advising students in the Frank and Knoll groups who are working on various QCM projects. One set of instrumentation whose performance is being evaluated under Kanazawa’s direction is the Research Quartz Crystal Microbalance from Maxtek. Maxtek has provided discounts on equipment in return for feedback on device performance..