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Asylum Research and Atomic Force F+E Offer First European AFM in Biology Class February 23-25, 2010
(Nanowerk News) Atomic Force F&E and Asylum Research, the technology leader in scanning
probe/atomic force microscopy (AFM/SPM) announce the first European AFM in Biology Class to be held February
23-25, 2010 at Atomic Force Corporate office in Mannheim, Germany. This world-renowned class, held at Asylum
Research in Santa Barbara for the past six years, is open to all Atomic Force Microscopy users that want to increase
their knowledge of AFM in biology and the life sciences. The class combines lecture with extensive hands-on sessions
for personal instruction and interaction with the Asylum and Atomic Force technical staff.
“We cover all the essential AFM topics that biologists need and want to learn about— from sample preparation to
advanced imaging and force measurements,” said Dr. Irčne Revenko, Applications Scientist and class director. “I am
very excited to be teaching the lessons and experiments that we’ve done for so many years in Santa Barbara here in
Europe at the Atomic Force facility. The class is fun, with a good mix of lecture and equipment time.”
Commented previous class attendee Dr. Yael Dror of Oxford University, “You all did a remarkable job in all areas! I am
especially grateful for your sincere willingness to help each of us and the time and energy you spent with me to help,
explain, guide and think together about my results. But above all you shared with us your love of the AFM, which
couldn’t possibly be ignored, and gave us an insight into a very special company.”
This comprehensive three day course covers all major topics for AFM in biology, including sample prep, force
measurements, and imaging DNA, proteins, lipids and live cells. The Asylum Research MFP-3D™ AFM is used
exclusively for the hands-on sessions. Class size is limited.
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
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 closed-loop 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.