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Posted: Nov 29, 2011
Asylum Research Offers AFM in Biology Class January 25-27, 2012
(Nanowerk News) Asylum Research, the technology leader in scanning probe/atomic force
microscopy (AFM/SPM) announces its Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) in Biology Class will be held January 25-27,
2012 in Santa Barbara, California. The class is open to all AFM users that want to increase their knowledge of AFM in
biology and life sciences. This world-renowned class, now in its 14th session, combines lecture with hands-on sessions
for personal instruction and interaction with the Asylum 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. Nicholas Geisse, Applications Scientist. "The breadth of AFM
experience of our staff is unsurpassed – in addition, both our President and CEO participate and class attendees have
access to our entire scientific staff. Because only two to three people share an instrument for the hands-on experiments,
the training is invaluable."
Commented previous student Dr. Anthony Quinn of the University of Vermont Microscopy Imaging Center, "The AFM
in Biology Class was very instructive. The literature, hands-on sample preparation labs, and imaging sessions on the
MFP-3D-BIO™ and Cypher™ AFMs were very useful and applicable to our research endeavors. The staff was
outstanding in that they made you feel like a part of a caring family – and since the class, the ongoing correspondence
and assistance has also been stupendous. Thanks for the hospitality and great course!"
This three-day course is held twice a year. Topics include sample prep, imaging and force measurements on DNA, high
resolution imaging of bacteriorhodopsin, force measurements and mapping, imaging and pushing lipid bilayers, and
imaging live cells. Hands-on labs will be done on the MFP-3D™ Stand Alone, MFP-3D-BIO and the Cypher AFM, the
world's fastest and highest resolution AFM. Class size is limited. More information and a PDF of the registration form can be downloaded from the Asylum Research web site at www.AsylumResearch.com/Events/Classes/
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, SKPM, 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 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 fastest and highest resolution AFM. Cypher provides low-drift closed loop atomic resolution for
the most accurate images and measurements possible today, >20X faster AC imaging for images in minutes instead of
minutes or hours, 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 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, Terry@AsylumResearch.com, Monte@AsylumResearch.com, www.AsylumResearch.com.