Grant from NIH to Develop AFM Probes

August 19, 2009

Carbon Design Innovations has announced that it has grant in the amount of $390,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The grant will fund the development and commercialization of Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) probes for bioimaging and investigations in cellular biology. Carbon Design Innovations will collaborate with the University of California at Davis, US on the development of the probes.

JPK Opens Offices in Japan

Juli 8, 2009

JPK Instruments, a manufacturer of nanoanalytic instrumentation for research in life sciences and soft matter, have announced the opening of their first offices in Japan together with the appointment of AFM specialist Nobuhiro Saito as country manager. Saito graduated from the Tokyo University of Science in 1997 with a degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering. Since then, after working with a device manufacturer, he has developed his skills in instrumentation as a sales engineer for the Toyo Corporation specializing in AFM.

The World’s Smallest Automated Syringe

Juli 6, 2009

Tomaso Zambelli, a researcher in the group led by Janos Vörös, Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Technology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, has presented a nanosyringe for automated injection of DNA, RNA and medicines into cells without damaging them.
To create this syringe, called “fluid force microscope”, Zambelli transformed the technology of the atomic force microscope into a microinjection system. In contrast to a conventional manual system, the pressure exerted on the cell by the measuring needle is adjusted so accurately that the cell is not damaged unnecessarily. A laser is responsible for the control, recording every movement of the cantilever and adjusting the force on the cell several thousand times a second. The system also operates under water or in other liquids. To enable the injection of liquids, scientists at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchâtel installed a microchannel in the cantilever – the diameter of the opening at the needle tip is only 200 nanometers.
In addition to having biological uses, the method could also be applied in the manufacture of microelectronics or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The results have been published in Nano Letters.

First Taiwan AFM Bioworkshop

Juni 30, 2009

Asylum Research, in conjunction with the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI), will host the first Taiwan AFM Bioworkshop to be held July 30-31, 2009 at NHRI, Zhunan Campus, in Taiwan. The workshop will combine talks from leading researchers and industry experts on atomic force microscopy for life science applications, as well as instructional AFM demonstrations. Topics covered include principles of AFM, biological imaging, force spectroscopy, integration of AFM and optical microscopy, sample preparation, application examples and future directions in AFM. The event is free to all researchers in the field of AFM.

Interdisciplinary Symposium on 3D Microscopy

Juni 3, 2009

3D Microscopy, taking place from July 12 -16, 2009 in Interlaken, Switzerland, is an international symposium focused on 3D imaging and spectroscopy in science. The objective of this symposium is to create a forum for researchers with different expertise and scientific interests to present their knowhow and the techniques they use to answer their scientific questions. Methods using three-dimensional imaging and spectroscopy to retrieve data in volume will be discussed, whether “light”, x-rays, electrons or near field probes are used. The conference contains 3 plenary talks and 9 sessions with invited and contributed talks and poster sessions.

Session topics are:

– High resolution TEM and AFM
– 3D CLSM and light microscopy
– Stereology
– 3D TEM and atom probe tomography/serial sectioning
– 3D correlative microscopy
– 3D X-ray microscopy and tomography
– 3D FIB/SEM or serial sectioning (with Denk-method) blockface tomography
– 3D image analysis and simulation
– 3D scanning probe microscopy

Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken, Switzerland

Euro Atomic Force Microscopy Forum

April 27, 2009

Asylum Research, in conjunction with IMETUM, Nano Initiative Munich, and Atomic Force F&E, announces the 2nd Euro AFM Forum to be held at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Garching, Germany, July 1-3, 2009. The event is a conference for AFM researchers to share their cutting-edge research for both materials and life science applications. The forum will combine invited and contributed talks from leading European researchers as well as instructional workshops on AFM equipment. Workshop topics include cell imaging, imaging in liquids, force spectroscopy, electrical characterization and more.
Participants are invited to submit their best AFM image for the Forum Image Contest. An iPod Nano will be awarded for the best image that represents innovative science and has the „cool“ factor. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2009.

Surface of a Chestnut. DC mode in air. Taken by Thomas Gutsmann, Research Center Borstel, Germany

Surface of a Chestnut, DC mode in air. Taken by Thomas Gutsmann, Research Center Borstel, Germany (participant of the 2007 event).

International Nanoscience Conference

Februar 16, 2009

Veeco Instruments has announced it will host the seventh „Seeing at the Nanoscale“ conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), July 28-31, 2009. The conference provides a forum for academic and industrial scientists to share information and exchange ideas on advanced nanotechnology topics, ranging from novel imaging approaches and unique material characterization to combining atomic force microscopy (AFM) with other technologies, such as confocal microscopy and raman spectroscopy. This year there is also a special session on emerging AFM markets, such as energy generation, storage and conservation.