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 The Portuguese BIO-AFM Network is a forthcoming Research Infrastructure, or RI.


  • If approved, the RI status means the network will be partially funded by FCT, and will provide open access to all who wish to become users of the RI.
  • The RI will provide training, access to instrumental techniques, advice and data analysis for all users.
  • This RI focusses on biological atomic force microscopy (BIO-AFM). However, use of AFM in other areas is also supported.
  • The network is made up of three labs, which are based in Porto, Lisbon, and Caparica, Portugal. Information on the facilities on the three labs can be found below,and in the linked pages, describing each lab.
  • At this time, the RI is in the application stage, and if approved will begin operations in January 2014. However, most of the components of the RI are already in operation, so if you want to be a users, consult the access requirements here.
  • Members of the management and implementation teams are experts in many different areas of biological AFM, so if you need advice, including on whether BIO-AFM can help you, just ask! You can contact us via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or look at the contact details on the individual pages below.


The three labs are in:

Porto   Porto Lab Based in DQB, Requimte Porto. This lab currently houses a TT-AFM from AFMWorkshop, with high resolution facilities. specialising in NanoBio science, bacteria and parasites.
Lisbon   alt Based in IMM, associated to FMUL. This lab has a Nanowizard 2 from JPK, with advanced facilities for use of live cells. Specialised in force spectroscopy and biomedical applications.
Caparica   caparica Based in the chemistry department, FCT-UNL. This lab houses a TT-AFM from AFMWorkshop with an experimental liquid cell for environmental work.


Finalised regulations and conditions for access to the instruments are coming soon. In the meantime, you may consult the Draft Document. Another document contains Prices.



  • The Porto lab is currently installing a new life sciences AFM, combining optical, fluorescence and AFM measurements in one instrument.
  • The Requimte AFM course for 2014 is now full, and will teach 16 students from Europe, Asia and the USA during Easter week.
  • The lisbon lab at FCT-UNL has improved the microscope with a new environmental chamber. Upgrades are ongoing.