Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) remains one of the most important techniques in the materials scientists’ toolkit. Applications range from materials science such as Biomaterials, Electronic materials, Nanomaterials, Inorganics & Composites to Biological Imaging to nanochemical & properties mapping. Similarly, research into materials and how materials can be changed to influence strength, integrity, or durability is an integral part of product design and improvement across nearly every industry.

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Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

AFM and raman spectroscopy
PeakForce Kelvin probe force microscopy
Survey, screening, dynamics: A no-compromise approach to high-speed atomic force microscopy
Toward quantitative nanomechanical measurements on live cells with PeakForce QNM
Imaging of the DNA double helix with PeakForce tapping mode atomic force microscopy
VITA: Quantitative nanoscale characterization and unambiguous material identification for polymers
Common approaches to tip functionalization for AFM-based molecular recognition measurements
Simultaneous electrical and mechanical property mapping at the nanoscale with PeakForce TUNA
Combined optical and atomic force microscopy

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Controlled defects in glass
3-point-bend testing on the UMT
Testing of hardmetals on the UMT
A tool for studying the tribocorrosion mechanism
Using the UMT TriboLab and Stribeck curves to evaluate potential applications of lubricants
CMP process and material characterization system

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Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

In-depth investigation of the interaction between DNA and nano-sized graphene oxide
Jieon Lee, Yeajee Yim, Seongchan Kim, Myung-Ho Choi, Byong-Seok Choi, Younghoon Lee, Dal-Hee Mina

Towards a better understanding of wood cell wall characterisation with contact resonance atomic force microscopy
O. Arnould and R. Arinero

Nanoscale imaging of the growth and division of bacterial cells on planar substrates with the atomic force microscope
M. Van Der Hofstadt, M. Hüttener, A. Juárez, G. Gomila

Curing dependent spatial heterogeneity of mechanical response in epoxy resins revealed by atomic force microscopy
Amir Bahrami, Xavier Morelle, Lê Duy Hông Minh, Thomas Pardoen, Christian Bailly, Bernard Nysten

Structural hierarchy and surface morphology of highly drawn ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibers studied by atomic force microscopy and wide angle X-ray diffraction
Preston B. McDaniel, Joseph M. Deitzel, John W. Gillespie Jr.

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Nanotribological, nanomechanical and interfacial characterization of atomic layer deposited TiO2 on a silicon substrate
Jussi Lyytinen, Xuwen Liu, Oili M.E. Ylivaara, Sakari Sintonen, Ajai Iyer, Saima Ali, Jaakko Julin, Harri Lipsanen, Timo Sajavaara, Riikka L. Puurunen, Jari Koskinena

In situ running-in wear assessment in multi-asperity nanotribology
Philippe Stempflé and Richard Kouitat Njiwa

The effect of ion implantation on tribology and hot rolling contact fatigue of Cr4Mo4Ni4V bearing steel
Jie Jin, Yunbo Chen, Kewei Gao, Xiaolin Huang

Wrinkled, wavelength-tunable graphene-based surface topographies for directing cell alignment and morphology
Zhongying Wang, Daniel Tonderys, Susan E. Leggett, Evelyn Kendall Williams Mehrdad T. Kiani, Ruben Spitz Steinberg, Yang Qiu, Ian Y. Wong , Robert H. Hurt

The role of oxidation and counterface in the high temperature tribological properties of TiAl intermetallics
Jun Cheng, Fei Li, Zhuhui Qiao, Shengyu Zhu, Jun Yang, Weimin Liu

Effects of molecular structures of carbon-based molecules on bio-lubrication
Yan Zhou, Jeremy Dahl, Robert Carlson, Hong Liang

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