Research

A Brief History of Atomic Force Microscopy

Over the last 25 years Atomic Force Microscopy has grown from a clever idea to an important tool in matrials science, chemisty, physics, and biology.  For a brief history of AFM, please visit here.

Instrumentation

We develop instruments at the forefront of nanoscale biology. One of our key strengths is instrumentation for atomic force microscopy (AFM). We have two major instrumentation directions that we pursue: high-speed AFM, and the combination of AFM with advanced optical techniques such as super-resolution microscopy. A detailed description about our high-speed AFM platform can be found here and the corresponding data files can be obtained in our download section.

 

Our high-speed AFM platform.
Our high-speed AFM platform.
Combined AFM-optical microscopy system.
Combined AFM-optical microscopy system.
 

Biology

At its core level, biology is a nanoscale science.  The AFM is one of he most powerful tools availible for directly studying biology at the nanoscale.  For an overview of the questions we are asking, why we are asking them, and how we are trying to answer them, please go here.