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Posted: Mar 10, 2011
Asylum Research Introduces Electrochemistry Cell for MFP-3D Atomic Force Microscopes
(Nanowerk News) Asylum Research, the technology leader in Scanning Probe and
Atomic Force Microscopy (SPM/AFM), has announced the new Electrochemistry Cell (EC Cell) for its
MFP-3D™ AFMs. The EC Cell is a versatile platform for electrochemical experiments combined with
AFM imaging. The EC Cell accommodates samples (working electrodes) of various sizes, including metal
cylinders, flat conducting samples, and even conducting thin films on insulating substrates, and enables
studies of deposition, oxidation, corrosion, and mass transfer of metals and other materials. Nanoscale
topographical changes can be precisely monitored in situ as induced by electrochemical reactions. The cell
provides for heating from ambient to 60°C (optional) and can be operated in a fully sealed configuration.
Product Manager, Dr. Maarten Rutgers, commented, "We developed the EC Cell in collaboration with
Prof. Richard Compton of the University of Oxford (UK) to conduct electrochemical experiments and,
simultaneously, develop images of the changes occurring to the sample. This new tool is already saving
researchers a considerable amount of time and, additionally, allows observation of many processes as they
The EC Cell, shown with heater, provides heating from ambient to 60°C. The heater allows, for example,
studies of electrolytes which are not liquids at room temperature.
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, >20X faster AC imaging with small cantilevers, Spot-On™ automated laser and
photodetector 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.
About UCLA's CNSI Nano and Pico Characterization Lab
The Nano and Pico Characterization Lab (NPC) in the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) provides an unprecedented collection of nanoscale surface analysis instrumentation in a single, multi-user facility. By combining multiple modes of surface analysis, this facility enables thorough investigation of the vast array of physical, chemical and electrical properties necessary for complete study of an experimental system and developing nanotechnologies.
The Nano & Pico Characterization Lab provides both state-of-the-art microscopic techniques to visualize surfaces, adsorbates, nanostructures and devices at the atomic and molecular scale as well as a unique opportunity for researchers to gain insight into local properties under a wide range of experimental conditions. An ever increasing demand for knowledge of how matter behaves at the nanoscale and beyond has forced these measurements and methods to the forefront of nanoscience research.