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Atomic Force Microscopy

Bruker MultiMode 8

Two MultiModes having high resolution imaging capabilities with top down optics; imaging individual atomic features with PeakForce Tapping; high resolution nanomechanical characterization with PeakForce QNM; measurement of mechanics in the frequency domain ranging from 0.05 Hz up to 8 kHz.

Bruker Dimension Icon

Large sample imaging, with x-y range of 100 μm and very high z-range of 15 μm; excellent stable Quantitative Nanomechanical Mapping for high resolution maps of elastic modulus, adhesion, dissipation etc.; temperature stage capable of reaching up to 60 °C in liquid.

Bruker Dimension FastScan

High speed imaging, capable of capturing 2 frames per second in liquid and acquisition of large images (>10 - 35 μm) at high pixel resolution (>1024 pixels) in under a minute; heater-cooler stage for imaging at 2 - 80 °C in air and 2 - 45 °C in liquid.

Asylum Research MFP-3D

Two MFP-3D systems, highly stable for low force and low noise force measurements; MFP-3D-Bio system integrated with Zeiss AxioVert inverted epifluorescence microscope; MFP-3D system equipped with Variable Magnetic Field Module capable of imaging in a feedback controlled magnetic field up to 0.8 Tesla; heater-cooler stage for imaging in liquids at 5 - 80 °C.

JPK Nanowizard 4 AFM- PicoQuant Confocal FLIM

Nanowizard 4 AFM on an Olympus IX73 inverted optical microscope integrated with a PicoQuant MicroTime 200 time-resolved confocal fluorescence microscope with FLIMbee galvo-scanners for simultaneous AFM/fluorescence imaging, capable of Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM), Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) and related optical modes; equipped with 485 nm, 560 nm and 640 nm lasers.

Contact details

For more information on the AFM Facility, access to the instruments, sample analysis etc., please contact Dr. Simon Connell (Email:; Phone: 0113 343 8241) or Dr. Lekshmi Kailas (Email:; Phone: 0113 343 1675)