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Posted: Dec 07, 2010
Asylum Research Installs Dual AFMs at CSI, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
(Nanowerk News) Asylum Research, the technology leader in scanning probe/atomic force
microscopy (AFM/SPM), announced today that it has installed a dual system order for a Cypher™ AFM and MFP-3DSA
™ AFM at the Cluster of Excellence "Smart Interfaces" (CSI), Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany in the
lab of Professor Robert Stark, new professor for Physics of Surfaces in the Materials and Earth Sciences
Department, and Dr. Elmar Bonaccurso, head of the new young researcher group, Experimental Interface Physics in
Mechanical Engineering. At the CSI, fluid-surface interfaces are investigated over nine length scales – from airplane
wings to molecular and atomic interactions. The CSI group will use the Asylum AFM to probe fluid-surface interactions
at the nanometer scale, matching this to the latest advances in atomic and molecular dynamic flow theory.
Professor Stark explained "We plan to investigate time-resolved atomic and molecular processes in liquids to gain
a deeper insight and understanding of boundary dynamics. The ultimate goal of this highly interdisciplinary approach is
to design the molecular boundary for benefits in the macroscopic world. The Asylum Research AFMs allow us to obtain
the complete picture, from elasticity and material properties through high-speed, time-resolved atomic and molecular
process imaging in liquids. We are very pleased with the possibilities offered by this advanced instrumentation and are
also looking forward to working closely with the competent teams at Asylum Research and Atomic Force."
Shown with the Cypher AFM system, left to right: Dr Lars Niemann, CSI Research Coordinator; Benjamin Holmes, Sales Manager for Atomic Force; Agnieska Voss, PhD student; Friedhelm Freiss, Service Manager for Atomic Force; and Robert Stark, Professor of Physics at Surfaces at the CSI Darmstadt.
Dr. Lars Niemann, research coordinator at the CSI added, "As a fairly young research institute, it was important for us to
purchase only the best instrumentation available, both to attract the best researchers and to ensure immediate scientific
competitiveness – as such Asylum Research was a natural choice."
Benjamin Holmes, Sales Manager at our European subsidiary Atomic Force F&E GmbH commented, "From starring in
the fictional CSI Miami television show to being chosen by the CSI Darmstadt, once again Asylum Research AFMs are
confirmed as the best instruments for all investigations. Clearly, modern atomic force microscopy is too broad an area for
one size fits all, and that's why we at Atomic Force F&E are really pleased by the research synergies that the Cypher and
the MFP-3D offer. Any cutting-edge laboratory is ideally served with the speed and performance of Cypher and the
flexibility of the MFP-3D. We are seeing a clear trend toward multi-instrument facilities and, thanks to our unique
research-oriented approach, no company is better placed to serve these requirements than Asylum Research."
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 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.
For additional information, contact Terry Mehr, Director of Marketing Communications, or Monteith Heaton, EVP,
Marketing/Business Development, Asylum Research, 6310 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, 805-696-
6466x224/227, [email protected], [email protected], www.AsylumResearch.com.