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News and Events


New!  SPM Blog on Microscopy and Analysis
Dalia Yablon is now the SPM blogger for Microscopy and Analysis!  Check out the SPM blog for her posts that appear every couple of weeks.

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Article on User-friendly AFM by Dalia Yablon
Check out this article published on user-friendly SPM enabling SPM to reach a broader audience, just published in January 2016 by Dalia Yablon in Translational Materials Research.  Article abstract can be viewed here.
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AFM of Polymers
Check out the latest contribution from SurfaceChar - a chapter on using scanning probe microscopy for polymer characterization, in a book edited by Luigia Sabbatini on Polymer Surface Characterization, published by De Gruyter in 2014

http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/186247

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AFM for Coatings

Read our tutorial on AFM for coatings applications, recently published in the
January 2014 edition of Journal of Coatings Technology

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-360207294.html 
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Scanning Probe Microscopy for Industrial Applications
Published in November, 2013!

With contributions from leading international experts in the field, this book explains how SPM is used in industry, resulting in improved product formulation, enhanced processes, better quality control and assurance, and new business opportunities.  Readers will learn about the use of SPM to support R&D efforts in the semiconductor, chemical, personal care product, biomaterial, pharma, and food science industries, among others.  This book explains fundamentals before advancing to applications through a complete treatise that is accesible to both novices and professionals. All readers will discover how to apply SPM to build and enhance their R&D efforts.

First half (7 chapters) includes a tutorial on the following topics in nanomecahnical characterization:
Phase Imaging
Force Curves
Contact Mechanics
Nanoindentation
Dynamic Contact Methods
Best Practices for AFM

Second half includes application of AFM to solve real-world industrial problems in the following industries:
semiconductor
pharmaceutical
personal care
chemicals
petroleum
food science

Available on amazon.com or 

From Peter Eaton "...There is definitely a gap in the market for an industrial applications book..."

With contributions from leading international experts in the field, this book explains how scanning probe microscopy is used in industry, resulting in improved product formulation, enhanced processes, better quality control and assurance, and new business opportunities. Readers will learn about the use of scanning probe microscopy to support R&D efforts in the semiconductor, chemical, personal care product, biomaterial, pharmaceutical, and food science industries, among others.
Scanning Probe Microscopy for Industrial Applications emphasizes nanomechanical characterization using scanning probe microscopy. The first half of the book is dedicated to a general overview of nanomechanical characterization methods, offering a complete practical tutorial for readers who are new to the topic. Several chapters include worked examples of useful calculations such as using Hertz mechanics, with and without adhesion, to model a contact, step-by-step instructions for simulations to guide cantilever selection for an experiment, and data analysis procedures for dynamic contact experiments.
The second half of the book describes applications of nanomechanical characterization in industry, including:
• New formulation development for pharmaceuticals
• Measurement of critical dimensions and thin dielectric films in the semiconductor industry
• Effect of humidity and temperature on biomaterials
• Characterization of polymer blends to guide product formulation in the chemicals sector
• Unraveling links between food structure and function in the food industry
Contributions are based on the authors’ thorough review of the current literature as well as their own firsthand experience applying scanning probe microscopy to solve industrial R&D problems.
By explaining the fundamentals before advancing to applications, Scanning Probe Microscopy for Industrial Applications offers a complete treatise that is accessible to both novices and professionals. All readers will discover how to apply scanning probe microscopy to build and