The electrostatic interaction between quarternised hyperbranched polymers (polyesteramides) and a silicon oxide (SiO2) surface has been studied via adsorption studies with quartz crystal microbalance instrument with dissipation (QCM-D). Frequency shift (Delta f) results show that the increase in both pH and salt concentration positively affect the adsorbed amount of these polymers, calculated by Sauerbrey equation, on the QCM crystal. The adsorbed amount of HA1 (with lower molecular weight and higher charge density) was lower than that of HA2 (with higher molecular weight and lower charge density) in all experiments. It was also observed that there are no significant changes in the dissipation after adsorption of these polymers. This indicated that both hyperbranched polymers formed rigid adsorbed layers on the negative SiO2 surface. Additionally, the results were compared with adsorption of poly-DADMAC and the results showed that the hyperbranched polymers formed thicker and more rigid layers as compared with the poly-DADMAC. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.