I am currently writing a chapter for a new book about AFM. The chapter will address AFM issues and artifact. If you have an image that illustrates well an AFM artifact or imaging problem, send it to me, and I might include it in the book!
I will ensure all images are properly credited to their submitters.
Meanwhile if you have an image with a problem, and you cannot identify it, you can also sen that in, and I'll see if I can diagnose the problem.
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Many people have asked me for a copy of this simple figure, showing how the AFM works. It's available for download below as a high quality .ppt file.
Please note the image is copyright 2010 Peter Eaton, and permission is given only for academic and educational use, excluding publishing. Please contact me if you want to use any other images on this website.
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As usual, during our AFM training course , we ran an image competition, challenging the students to submit images they had acquired or processed during the course.
This year, the standard was very high, and we could not decide between two of the entries, so two prizes have been awarded.
The overall prize goes to the image below of E. coli bacteria which was produced by Dr. Cassandra Terry of UCL, London. The processing on this makes was excellent!
We could not go without giving a prize to this image of double-stranded DNA molecules obtained by Dr. Elin Moe of ITQB, Lisbon. This image, below, won our technical merit prize. Acquiring such an image in your first session with an AFM is impressive!
Congratulations to both, your prizes will be with you soon!
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On this page, I'll link to the occasional articles I write about applications of AFM in different areas
- AFM In Nanotechnology
- Applications of AFM in Nano-science and Nanotechnology
- AFM in Polymer Science
- Applications of AFM in the study of polymer films and plastic products.
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Wednesday was a beautiful sunny day so fortunately all the students had either the morning or afternoon off to make the most of the trip to the beautiful city of Porto. The practical classes went really well, and some of the images obtained by the students can be observed on this page. We always run a “best image” competition, so the students are extra-motivated to collect great AFM data. The results of this competition will be run very shortly. I was particularly impressed that within a classroom environment, with four people around, the students were able to image DNA; getting decent images of structure that are less than one nanometre in height!
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