Premier SPM Training Site
Onsite and Offsite SPM Training
SurfaceChar is the premier AFM training service, offering over a dozen courses over 5 years in all aspects of AFM operation, technology, and applications applicable to ALL commercial AFM vendors. We have taught globally over 100 students in our continually updated, hands-on AFM course.
SurfaceChar is pleased to offer AFM/SPM training at a site convenient to the customer location. Our training involves one-on-one interaction with the customer to address their specific imaging and characterization needs. We have a wide range of expertise and have significant experience servicing the defense, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, semiconductor, and chemicals industry. This training is typically done with customer equipment, although options to bring in equipment for customer-based training is also possible.
We also offer a variety of multi-day workshops (1-day, 2-day, and 3-day) to provide customized training on scanning probe microscopy, nanoindentation, nanomechanical characterization, and application-specific characterization.
Our training will help you understand what measurements are possible, optimize the measurements on your samples, help design measurements for your application, and answer questions such as the ones below:
What is the different information SPM can provide for my application?What is the best mode of operation for my experiments?How can I optimize my operating parameters?How can SPM enhance/complement the information I am getting from other surface characterization techniques?How can I identify artifacts in my imaging and my interpretation?Are these properties that I am measuring accurate?
The purpose of this course is to provide a thorough foundation in operation of AFM's and to understand the various modes, including newer state of the art modes, by understanding their operating principles and key operating parameters. At the end of the course, students will be able to set up an imaging experiment and run basic static and dynamic AFM mode imaging and spectroscopy (force curves). They will also gain an understanding of the various parameters involved for the different modes and how to optimize them for best imaging results. Providing a comprehensive background to this field, advanced modes are also covered, in addition to various image processing tools. This course includes state of the art modes including as AFM-nDMA, multifrequency methods, and contact resonance as well as electrical modes such as KPFM and EFM. Image processing and analysis on MountainSPIP is integrated throughout the course. SurfaceChar AFM courses are vendor-agnostic and the material taught here is relevant for users of all different AFM instrumentation.
This course is intended for a broad audience of scientists and engineers, from advanced undergraduates to seasons professionals, who are interested in learning about AFM and how it can improve their R&D efforts. Past attendees at this course include instrument operators, lab facility managers, technicians, and research managers. To register for the class or find out more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.