Book reviews and last places available on our course
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:31
I recently received some praise for my book, and I thought I'd share some reviews with you. Alexander Kraft, from Wacker Chemie AG; said the book represents " A good possibility for beginners in AFM to understand the basics and to gain a deeper insight in this measurement method." Thanks, Alexander! Here are some more quotes:
"A super-clear, easy-to-read, informative, and intuitive introduction to AFM, the best I have found. Normally, I find that books like this can be a bit dense and/or skip over details of how things work, but this book builds everything up intuitively and with such clarity it'd probably be able to be understood by a freshman college student--but, without sacrificing the necessary detail."
- Reviewer at Amazon.com
"Atomic Force Microscopy provides the basic knowledge necessary for successful AFM operation while avoiding the trap of providing more detail than beginners can handle. It boasts seven chapters, each of them accessible and self-contained; readers can thus cherry-pick the topics of relevance for their specific problems. After a short introduction about the historical background and the contemporary context, the book covers practical issues such as understanding AFM design; working in operational modes; measuring, processing, and analyzing AFM images; and spotting and avoiding artifacts. For readers inclined to explore further uses, the book's last chapter discusses various applications that illustrate the multitude of measurement options available with AFMs...Atomic Force Microscopy is a great introduction to AFMs for beginners and, although light on theory, also serves as a good starting point for more serious users."
- Udo D. Schartz, in Physics Today
"I recommend this book to any reader who wants to enter the world of force microscopy. This book is easy to read, entertaining, with a practical approach that allows, after their reading, have a realistic idea and practice of this technique. This book touches on all the points and issues that are critical to understanding the proximity microscopy.
These include instrumentation, measurement modes, familiarization with the images, the routine procedures for image processing, one section devoted to artefacts and finally potential applications of the technique. From my point of view, is one of the books on microscopy of proximity, which is easier to read and with a high applicability in measuring routines."
- Carmen Serra, Nanotechnology and Surface Analysis Service, University of Vigo
Finally, a reminder: in April 2014, We will be giving another of our successful AFM training course. At the time of writing there is ONE places left on the course. I recommend anyone interested to sign up as soon as possible. Click the image below for more information.
Requimte AFM Training Workshop 2014
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:07
The Requimte AFM Training Workshop will run during Easter 2014, from the 14th to 17th April. Following the successful courses that ran in 2011 and 2013, we've decided the course should run annually. The course includes several hours hands-on training in acquiring images with the atomic force microscope as well as AFM data processing. The course has been reorganised based on student feedback, and will feature advanced topics lectures from guest scientists in biology and materials science. This year, we plan to lengthen the practical part of the course, and hope to offer access to different instruments.
- We are pleased to announce that this year, there will be 3 invited speakers, covering applications in a wide range of areas, and illustrating different capabilities of AFM:
Dr. Rui Rocha, CMEUP, Porto: "Materials Applications of AFM"
Dr. Simon Connell, University of Leeds, UK: "Dynamics in Biological AFM"
Dr. Filomena Carvalho, IMM, University of Lisbon, "Force Spectroscopy: Biological and Biomedical Applications"
Thanks to all the speakers for agreeing to talk.
- The provisional timetable can be downloaded here.
- There is a document containing in formation on travel to Porto, and hotels near the faculty of sciences here.
- The 2014 course has had all 16 places filled.
- The course flyer can be seen by clicking below:
A blog with information and student feedback from the 2013 course can be seen here: Requimte AFM Workshop 2013
Some information about the course that took place in 2011 can be seen here: http://atomicforceblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/2011-requimte-afm-mini-course.html
The course is sponsored by AFMWorkshop. It is also supported by The University of Porto, and will be integrated into the forthcoming network BIO-AFM.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:43
In our lab, we have a TT-AFM from AFM Workshop. We had one of the very first examples of this microscope, so although it's fairly new, the instrument, and the software has developed a lot during that time. On this page, I have collected together various materials that can help use the TT-AFM instrument. Note that although this material is all based on the TT-AFM, a lot of it probably applies to the other instruments from AFM Workshop, since they are all based on the same electronics. Lots of more general information about AFM operation can be found around this website (links on the left), and of course in my book.
Some images from the TT-AFM obtained in our lab showing gold nanospheres, gold nanotriangles (phase image), tobacco mosaic virus, and Quantum Dots (2 nm).
UPDATE: The latest version of the AFM Workshop software 2.03, seems to be far superior to 1.58, which I was using previously. I reccommend strongly that everyone check this version out.
Review of 2013 AFM workshop at Requimte
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 12:00
"I really enjoyed my time on the course. In a simple and practical manner, I learned how to obtain results from AFM. I entered the course without ever being on the same lab with an AFM and left being able to carry out an experiment and analysing my own results."
Last week, we held our AFM workshop for 2013, here in Porto. We had students from Portugal, Spain, Germany, Romania, Denmark and Norway.
The students enjoyed the course a lot, and we got lots of very positive feedback.
"I have to tell you that I'm enjoying a lot this mini-course. The language used to explain the concepts is very clear and there is a good atmosphere between all participants."
This is the second time we've run the course, and the first time in Porto. Last time we ran it in Lisbon. We brought one AFM up from our lab in Lisbon, so the students had access to two instruments.
On the first day, after meeting the students, we started with a short introduction to AFM, followed by a talk about AFM instrumentation, focussing on important concepts, and the differences between different instruments the students might encounter. Some of the students were already using AFM, and some had never used it. In fact, a couple of the students were already regular AFM users, but still found the course useful:
"I found it useful even for people (like me) having a certain experience in the field. For instance, things that work well in/with AFM can be easily found in a lot of papers, but things that are hard or tricky to set up are seldom explicitly written in articles. The workshop addressed specifically this type of issues. Also, to my opinion, attending the workshop was not expensive at all. "