Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

An unprecedented collection of instrumentation for surface analysis at the nanoscale and beyond.

Scanning Probe Microscopy

Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

The NPC Technology Center provides an unprecedented collection of nano-scale surface analysis instrumentation in a single, multi-user facility. By combining multiple modes of surface analysis, this facility enables thorough investigation of the vast array of physical, chemical and electrical properties necessary for complete study of an experimental system and developing nanotechnologies. The Nano & Pico Characterization Lab provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions.

State of the art techniques for probing, manipulating and
visualizing nanomaterials through Scanning Probe Microscopy

SPM systems operate in a diverse range of environments, including temperatures and pressures ranging from extreme ultra-high vacuum (UHV) to atmospheric and liquid environments. This diversity of operational conditions enables the direct investigation of structural, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of nanoscale materials and devices. Beyond imaging, spectroscopic methods enable the measurement of fundamental forces acting at the nanoscale including bond formation, electromagnetism, single molecular events such as binding, unwinding, and folding as well as nanomechanics at the molecular, cellular, and organismal scale.

The Nano and Pico Characterization Lab offers the technical infrastructure and expertise to meet the ever-increasing demand for insight into the properties of matter at the nanoscale and beyond through consultation, proof-of-concept testing, user training and direct research collaboration. In addition to providing the latest commercial instrumentation, an ongoing focus on in-house method and instrument development strives to afford researchers access to cutting edge techniques that define the forefront of nanoscience research and development.

Instruments available

Bruker Dimension Icon and FastScan Scanning Probe Microscopes provide ideal automated tools for large-sample metrology and high-resolution imaging including mechanical (PF-QNM), electrical (EFM /KPFM) and magnetic properties (MFM). The additions of several applications modules further expand functionality to include scanning tunneling (STM), conductive (cAFM), scanning capacitance (SCM) and spreading resistance (SSRM) imaging.

Bruker Multimode 8 (MM8) Scanning Probe Microscope provide atomic and molecular scale imaging with a full array of SPM modes. With the new ScanAsyst-HR mode, data acquisition speeds on the MM 8 can be increased 20-fold. Additional PicoForce, cAFM and electrochemistry options modes deliver the capacity for imaging and spectroscopy at atomic and molecular resolution.

Bruker Bioscope Catalyst Atomic Force Microscope is a versatile instrument designed for advanced biomedical research that enables imaging and spectroscopy under a broad range of dynamic and biologically relevant conditions. Mounted on the Zeiss LSM laser scanning confocal microscope, the Catalyst AFM enables co-localized optical and fluorescence imaging in real-time.

Bruker NT9300 optical profiler provides fast, highly accurate 3D surface topography measurements. A state-of-the-art technique developed in-house by the NPC Lab, mechanical imaging interferometry (MII), enables high-throughput mechanical analysis of soft materials including polymers, cells, and tissues.

Center Highlights
  • Over 50 years combined experience in SPM applications
  • Provides state-of-the-art SPM imaging tools
  • Nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy in nearly any environment
  • In-house instrument and method development
  • Consultation, training and collaboration
  • Quantitative tools for nanomechanical analysis
  • Biomaterial and live cell characterization

Scanning Probe Microscopy

The NPC Technology Center provides an unprecedented collection of nano-scale surface analysis instrumentation in a single, multi-user facility. By combining multiple modes of surface analysis, this facility enables thorough investigation of the vast array of physical, chemical and electrical properties necessary for complete study of an experimental system and developing nanotechnologies. The Nano & Pico Characterization Lab provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions.

Center Highlights
  • Over 50 years combined experience in SPM applications
  • Provides state-of-the-art SPM imaging tools
  • Nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy in nearly any environment
  • In-house instrument and method development
  • Consultation, training and collaboration
  • Quantitative tools for nanomechanical analysis
  • Biomaterial and live cell characterization

State of the art techniques for probing, manipulating and
visualizing nanomaterials through Scanning Probe Microscopy

SPM systems operate in a diverse range of environments, including temperatures and pressures ranging from extreme ultra-high vacuum (UHV) to atmospheric and liquid environments. This diversity of operational conditions enables the direct investigation of structural, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of nanoscale materials and devices. Beyond imaging, spectroscopic methods enable the measurement of fundamental forces acting at the nanoscale including bond formation, electromagnetism, single molecular events such as binding, unwinding, and folding as well as nanomechanics at the molecular, cellular, and organismal scale.

The Nano and Pico Characterization Lab offers the technical infrastructure and expertise to meet the ever-increasing demand for insight into the properties of matter at the nanoscale and beyond through consultation, proof-of-concept testing, user training and direct research collaboration. In addition to providing the latest commercial instrumentation, an ongoing focus on in-house method and instrument development strives to afford researchers access to cutting edge techniques that define the forefront of nanoscience research and development.

Instruments available

Bruker Dimension Icon and FastScan Scanning Probe Microscopes provide ideal automated tools for large-sample metrology and high-resolution imaging including mechanical (PF-QNM), electrical (EFM /KPFM) and magnetic properties (MFM). The additions of several applications modules further expand functionality to include scanning tunneling (STM), conductive (cAFM), scanning capacitance (SCM) and spreading resistance (SSRM) imaging.

Bruker Multimode 8 (MM8) Scanning Probe Microscope provide atomic and molecular scale imaging with a full array of SPM modes. With the new ScanAsyst-HR mode, data acquisition speeds on the MM 8 can be increased 20-fold. Additional PicoForce, cAFM and electrochemistry options modes deliver the capacity for imaging and spectroscopy at atomic and molecular resolution.

Bruker Bioscope Catalyst Atomic Force Microscope is a versatile instrument designed for advanced biomedical research that enables imaging and spectroscopy under a broad range of dynamic and biologically relevant conditions. Mounted on the Zeiss LSM laser scanning confocal microscope, the Catalyst AFM enables co-localized optical and fluorescence imaging in real-time.

Bruker NT9300 optical profiler provides fast, highly accurate 3D surface topography measurements. A state-of-the-art technique developed in-house by the NPC Lab, mechanical imaging interferometry (MII), enables high-throughput mechanical analysis of soft materials including polymers, cells, and tissues.