UCIBIOAFM TWIN LAB
This page has contact information, locations, and other useful information about the AFM instruments in the AFM TwinLabs located in UCIBIO - Requimte labs in Porto and Lisbon, Portugal.
This page is intended for users and potential users of the instruments; for more information about Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), see the links on the left. The two labs are equipped with TTAFM instruments from AFM Workshop.
The Porto AFM Workshop 2016 has finished recently, it ran from the from the 18th April to 21st April. This is a training workshop, aimed at any researcher or scientist, who wants to learn about AFM, or increase their knowledge of the technique. Following the successful courses that ran in 2011, 2013 and 2014, the course will included several hours hands-on training in acquiring images with the atomic force microscope as well as AFM data processing. As well as lectures on practical classes, the course featured advanced topics lectures from guest scientists in biology and materials science.
A report on the course was published here recently and the results from the image competition we ran will be announced soon!
|Lisbon lab: Signal Hill|
|For further details about the facilities in the Porto lab click here or click on the picture above.||For further details about the facilities in the Lisbon lab click here or click on the picture above.|
This site allows users to access instrument specifications and locations, as well as contacts of the two supervisors of the Requimte AFM Twin-lab
· See booking schedule, make bookings at the Twin-lab – for registered users of the instruments only.
· When available you will also see the schedule for Requimte AFM mini-course, and sign-up
· Currently in development: Our protocols for sample preparation, image acquisition, image processing, image analysis. These materials are specifically designed for the individual Requimte instruments. Currently the following procedures are available:
· You can use the following links to download the software required to process the images from the Requimte instruments. This software is Gwyddion, which can be found at Gwyddion.net. There is a user guide for this software here. It is recommended to use version 2.22 or above of Gwyddion. For other AFM/SPM software, look here: SPM Software.
· To access materials specific to one of the labs, click on the lab you are interested in above.
The locations of the two AFM labs in the TWINLAB are shown on a google map linked to below. Click the markers on the map for full address details. Contact details can be found on the pages describing the two instruments linked above (click on the instrument pictures).
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This chapter contains background to AFM, and describes a few of the capabilities of the technique It explains how the technique was invented, and which instruments preceded it, and why AFM was needed. It also compares AFM to other microscopy techniques. The preface also contains information of the contents of the rest of the book.
The book should be published around 25th of March, pretty soon now!
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I am adding quizzes based on each chapter, to enable a self-test check after you've read it, or to help in using the book in a course.
The first quiz was a short one based on Chapter 1. Here's the quiz for chapter 2. Chapter 2 is all about AFM instruments. It describes how they are built, and why they are built that way. It details the function of each component in an AFM, and also describe AFM probes in detail. There are section on the AFM, stage, electronics, software, cantilevers and probes, the instrument environment, and the sample cell. This chapter is useful if you use AFM, since you can use the instrument better when you know how it works.
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This book is perfect for an introduction to AFM for new users, and I highly recommend it to researchers using the technique. It has lots of practical information on how to obtain AFM images, and also how to analyse and process the data. it also has an entire chapter devoted to what can go wrong with AFM, and how to avoid these problems! I believe it would also make an excellent coursebook, and some chapter quizzes will appear on this website soon. The quiz on the first chapter is already available here.
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Follow user "afmhelp" on Twitter, or click the badge on the right in order to see all the latest updates to this website. Links to other materials of interest about Atomic Force Microscopy will also be posted.
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