Mar. 10, 2014
In collaboration with colleagues from Berlin and Madrid, researchers at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have pulled up isolated molecular chains from a gold surface, using the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM). The observed signal provides insight into the detachment force and binding energy of molecules. The results have been published in the journal PNAS.
moreMar. 06, 2014
Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments company, invites all Cypher and MFP-3D AFM users to enter their best AFM data, including images, force curves, or videos, in the Asylum Research Image Contest. Each scientist will receive an Asylum gift pack just for sending in their images. An Apple iPad will be awarded at the close of each quarter to the winning image that best represents excellence in science and the "cool" factor as judged by our team of applications scientists. Select entries will also be featured in the Asylum Research website gallery.
moreFeb. 25, 2014
The lipid bilayer rupture was here explored by means of AFM-based force clamp. For the first time to our knowledge, this technique has been used to evaluate how lipid membranes respond when compressed under an external constant force in the range of nN. We were able to directly quantify the kinetics of the membrane rupture event and the associated energy barriers, in distinction to the classic studies performed at constant velocity.
moreFeb. 10, 2014
Leading papers from the 5th AFMBiomed Conference on AFM in Life Sciences and Medicine are published as the first virtual issue within Journal of Molecular Recognition. The issue is free to access until the end of March.
moreFeb. 03, 2014
Development of advanced materials relies on a detailed understanding of nanoscale morphology and mechanical properties. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) has become a key tool in material science by providing this information. Contact Resonance imaging has emerged as a powerful AFM technique for its ability to quantitatively characterize the viscoelastic response of materials, its applicability to a wide range of materials, and its ability to provide this information quickly and at high resolution.
moreJan. 28, 2014
Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments company, in conjunction with Georg-August Universität Göttingen, announces the 4th Euro AFM Forum. The meeting will take place in Göttingen from 17-19 March 2014 . The Euro AFM Forum is organized as a venue where researchers can share and exchange cutting-edge AFM research in both material and life science disciplines.
moreJan. 20, 2014
Asylum Research has introduced Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy (sMIM), an atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique that provides valuable nanomechanical and nanoelectrical information in addition to high resolution AFM topography of permittivity and conductivity on any material including conductors, semiconductors and insulators. sMIM is available integrated exclusively with Asylum Research MFP-3D and Cypher AFMs.
moreJan. 20, 2014
The GetReal Automated Probe Calibration feature from Asylum Research enables the user with just one click to fully calibrate the atomic force microscope (AFM) probe sensitivity and spring constant, enabling more consistent, more accurate results.
It also protects the probe from damage that often occurs with conventional calibration methods.
The feature is included at no extra charge exclusively with Asylum Research MFP-3D and Cypher family AFMs.
moreJan. 16, 2014
The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), which uses a fine-tipped probe to scan surfaces at the atomic scale, will soon be augmented with a chemical sensor. This involves the use of a hollow AFM cantilever, through which a liquid - in this case mercury - is passed under pressure. The droplet of mercury at the tip acts as a sensor. This microscopic fountain pen was developed by researchers at the University of Twente's MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. Details of the "fountain pen's" mechanism of action were recently published in Analytical Chemistry.
moreDec. 02, 2013
Comprehensive investigations of geological samples can be challenging due to variations in size, shape, structure and composition. For that reason flexible analysis techniques are required which can be easily adapted to individual sample characteristics.