As an experienced researcher that has applied atomic force microscopy to a very wide range of applications, I can offer a comprehensive AFM consultancy service. At this time, I am based at UCIBIO, university of Porto. We have a  high-resolution AFM system which is capable of scanning in all the standard modes:

  • Contact
  • Tapping
  • Phase
  • Lateral force
  • Force Spectroscopy

The system is also equipped with large and small scanners to get the optimum results from your samples.

We also have our own custom-made liquid cell which allows scanning liquids, with temperature control between RT and 45 degrees Celsius to an accuracy of 0.1 celcius.


 More importantly,I can advise you on sample preparation, the most appropriate type of scanning based on your needs, and also process and analyse your data for you.

The types of services we can offer include:

  • AFM Training
  • AFM sample preparation
  • Scanning AFM images and other data
  • AFM Sample Processing
  • AFM sample analysis 
  • Full AFM report

Note that I am also an operator of electron microscopes so I can also advise on which is the best technique for your application!

Bacterial Biofilm



To give you a brief idea of the kind of experience we have, the following is a list of SOME of the applications we have worked on in the past:

  • Nanoparticles - sizing, morphology
  • Nanoparticles / Microparticles - surface texture
  • Polymer films - adhesion, topography, composition
  • Polymer fibres
  • Textiles
  • Bacteria and Fungi
  • Protozoan parasites
  • Lipid films
  • Langmuir-Blodgett films
  • Metal surfaces
  • Mammalian cells - both fixed and living
  • Proteins
  • DNA
  • Fine art
  • Hair and tooth surfaces
  • Biosensors

If you are interested in our services, don't hesitate to get in contact with me via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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