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Posted: November 9, 2009
Russian Scientific Delegation Visits AFM Maker Asylum Research
(Nanowerk News) Asylum Research, along with Intertech Corporation, Asylum’s
representative for Russia, hosted a distinguished group of Russian scientists in late October to discuss the
latest advances in AFM technology and nanotechnology. The scientists were from the Joint Institute for
Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna, Russia) and the Kurchatov Institute (Moscow, Russia) which are
currently Russia’s leading nanotechnology research centers. Asylum presented information on fast
scanning, nanoindenting, local thermal analysis, and AFM integration with optical microscopy, as well as
recent advances in ease of use and other AFM topics. Asylum scientists also provided hands-on
demonstrations of Asylum’s Cypher™ Atomic Force Microscope, the world’s highest resolution AFM,
and the versatile MFP-3D™ Family of AFMs. The Russian scientists presented the status and goals of
nanoscience and nanotechnology in Russia, as well as their own research on materials science, and cancer
location and treatment using nanoparticles.
From left to right: Alexander Belushkin, Jason Cleveland, Alexander Shaforostov, Tim Kiernan, Sergey Tyutyunnikov, John Green, Grigory Arzumanyan.
The Russian delegation included:
Dr. Grigory Arzumanyan – Deputy Director, JINR, supervisor of joint CIS Nanocentre
Dr. Alexander Belushkin – Director of the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Nanocentre at JINR
Dr. Sergey Tyutyunnikov – Head of Department, JINR, and Kurchatov Research Centre
During their trip to the United States, the Russian group also visited the University of California at Santa
Barbara, the University of Oregon, and the University of Buffalo. The US trip was sponsored by
Intertech Corporation, which was represented by Timothy Kiernan, General Manager, and Alexander
Shaforostov, Head of Surface Science. Asylum participants included application scientists Dr. Nick
Geisse, Dr. Alejandro Bonilla, and Jason Li, EVP of Sales John Green, and CEO Dr. Jason Cleveland.
About Asylum Research
Asylum Research is the technology leader in atomic force and scanning probe microscopy (AFM/SPM) for both
materials and bioscience applications. Founded in 1999, we are an employee owned company dedicated to
innovative instrumentation for nanoscience and nanotechnology, with over 250 years combined AFM/SPM
experience among our staff. Our instruments are used for a variety of nanoscience applications in material
science, physics, polymers, chemistry, biomaterials, and bioscience, including single molecule mechanical
experiments on DNA, protein unfolding and polymer elasticity, as well as force measurements for biomaterials,
chemical sensing, polymers, colloidal forces, adhesion, and more. Asylum’s product line offers imaging and
measurement capabilities for a wide range of samples, including advanced techniques such as electrical
characterization (CAFM, KFM, EFM), high voltage piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), thermal analysis,
quantitative nanoindenting, and a wide range of environmental accessories and application-ready modules.
Asylum’s MFP-3D set the standard for AFM technology, with unprecedented precision and flexibility. The MFP-
3D is the first AFM with true independent piezo positioning in all three axes, combined with low noise closedloop
feedback sensor technology. The MFP-3D offers both top and bottom sample viewing and easy integration
with most commercially-available inverted optical microscopes.
Asylum’s new Cypher AFM is the world’s first new small sample AFM/SPM in over a decade, and sets the new
standard as the world’s highest resolution AFM. Cypher provides low-drift closed loop atomic resolution for the
most accurate images and measurements possible today, rapid AC imaging with small cantilevers, Spot-On™
automated laser alignment for easy setup, integrated thermal, acoustic and vibration control, and broad support for
all major AFM/SPM scanning modes and capabilities.
Asylum Research offers the lowest cost of ownership of any AFM company. Ask us about our industry-best 2-
year warranty, our legendary product and applications support, and our exclusive 6-month money-back
satisfaction guarantee. We are dedicated to providing the most technically advanced AFMs for researchers who
want to take their experiments to the next level. Asylum Research also distributes third party cantilevers from
Olympus, Nanoworld/Nanosensors, and our own MFM and iDrive™ tips.