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Posted: Dec 07, 2010
Bruker Introduces High Resolution Nanoelectrical and Electrochemical AFM Technology
(Nanowerk News) At the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall 2010 Meeting in late
November, Bruker Corporation released a new generation of Atomic Force Microscopy
(AFM) modes and measurement modules that transform Bruker's AFM systems into turnkey solutions for
nanoscale characterization in renewable energy research. The most significant of these new AFM accessories,
the PeakForce TUNA™ module, enables very high resolution nanoelectrical characterization on fragile
samples, including organic photovoltaics, lithium ion battery composites, and carbon nanotube–based device
structures. Complementing this capability, Bruker's new offering for electrochemistry research provides wide
solvent compatibility, ppm-level environmental control, and easy in-situ liquid scanning on an AFM.
"We are excited to offer ground-breaking new capabilities to scientists in growing areas of nanoelectrical
characterization in materials research," said Dr. Mark R. Munch, President of the Bruker Nano Surfaces
Business. "This new product release represents a significant advance in our continued drive to expand AFM
technologies to energy markets by addressing customer needs for quantitative nanoscale characterization. We
are gratified that these modules are among our first new product releases as part of Bruker. Building on our
leadership position, they are a fitting continuation of the rapid stream of innovative new products that we have
delivered over the past three years."
Mr. David Rossi, Vice President and General Manager of Bruker's AFM Unit, added: "Our new suite of
nanoelectrical and electrochemical products are part of our development team's long heritage of AFM
innovations in nanoscale research and they build on the foundation of PeakForce Tapping™ and ScanAsyst™
modes. We see unmet need for non-destructive and artifact-free nanoelectrical and electrochemical
characterization in the growing arena of future energy generation and storage materials, and we are partnering
with leading researchers and companies in those fields to deliver innovative products to enable their success."
About Bruker's Nanoelectrical and Electrochemical Modules
The new modules expand the Bruker solution suite for nanoscale electrical and electrochemical characterization
on samples requiring sensitive mechanical and environmental control. The PeakForce TUNA module utilizes a
new current amplifier in conjunction with PeakForce Tapping to allow, for the first time, conductivity mapping on
fragile samples such as organic photovoltaics, lithium ion cathodes, and carbon nanotube assemblies without
the deleterious effects caused by sample damage and tip contamination. In addition, it enables direct correlation
of nanoelectrical and nanomechanical maps with Bruker's exclusive PeakForce QNM™ imaging mode. The
PeakForce TUNA module is complemented by a new environmental control solution affording ppm-level control
of oxygen and water for the most sensitive samples. A new electrochemical AFM cell has been designed to be
compatible for a wide range of solvents, including those commonly used for Lithium battery research. For more
information on PeakForce TUNA and the other new AFM accessory modules, or to schedule a demo, please
call +1 (805) 967-1400, email [email protected], or visit www.bruker-axs.com.
About Bruker Corporation
Bruker Corporation is a leading provider of high-performance scientific instruments and solutions for molecular
and materials research, as well as for industrial and applied analysis. For more information about Bruker
Corporation, please visit http://www.bruker.com.