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Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Bruker MultiMode 8


Imaging down to 1 nm lateral and 0.05 nm vertical resolution of any surface in any environment. Specialising in the dynamics of soft-matter/biological samples in an aqueous environment. We can also image in humidity controlled gas, organic solvents, acids and bases. Temperature control from 1 - 120 °C (gas) and 1-45 °C (liquid). High resolution dynamic imaging at rates of 1 frame per sec in liquids. Peak Force QNM mode reduces imaging force to <50pN and allows access to full mechanical characterisation at the nanoscale, such as modulus, adhesion and deformation. For correlative optical microscopy, the JPK Nanowizard 4 AFM is combined with an inverted scanning confocal microscope with Fluorescence Lifetime capability, and the MFP-3D-BIO is positioned on an inverted epifluorescence microscope. Many AFM modes are available, such as Variable Field Magnetic Force, Surface Potential/Kelvin Probe and Surface Conduction.


  • FastScan-Bio AFM (Bruker) – high speed imaging
  • JPK Nanowizard 4 AFM (Bruker) / PicoQuant Microtime 200 FLIM Confocal Microscope
  • Icon AFM (Bruker) – large sample, large scan range
  • 2 x Multimode 8 (Nanoscope V) AFM (Bruker) – high resolution + mechanics
  • MFP-3D-Bio AFM (Asylum Research) – combined optical system
  • MFP-3D AFM (Asylum Research) - single molecule protein force puller
  • Dimensions 3100 Nanoman AFM (Bruker) – MFM, electric potential
  • VT-STM (ScientaOmicron) High Vacuum AFM/STM with T-range 100-600 K LT-STM/NC-AFM


Dr Simon Connell
School of Physics and Astronomy
Tel: 0113 343 8241


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