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Oxford Instruments Asylum Research Releases New Application Note: “AFM Applications in Polymer Science and Engineering”

Asylum Research AFMs can characterize a wide variety of polymer properties, including morphology (top-left), modulus (top-right), thermal conductivity (bottom-right), and melt-recrystallization behavior (bottom-left). See the application note for full details.

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research has released a new application note, “AFM Applications in Polymer Science and Engineering,” written by former NIST researcher Dr. Donna Hurley.

Polymer scientists were among the first group to enthusiastically embrace AFM when it was introduced 25 years ago. This application note reviews how recent advances in next-generation AFMs from Asylum Research including the MFP-3D Infinity™ and the Cypher™ ES have enabled scientists to learn even more about polymeric materials.

These include new modes to characterize mechanical, electrical, functional and thermal properties as well as the ability the visualize dynamics driven by chemical and thermal stimuli.

“We welcome Dr. Hurley’s outstanding review of polymer applications in AFM,” said Roger Proksch, President of Asylum Research.

“Polymer science is an excellent example of a field where important progress has been driven by new advances in AFM instrumentation. We hope this article provides inspiration to polymer scientists and helps them find solutions to their research and engineering challenges.”

The new application note can be found at:

http://www.oxford-instruments.com/AFMpolymerscience

About Oxford Instruments Asylum Research

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research is the technology leader in atomic force microscopy for both materials and bioscience research. Asylum Research AFMs are used for a wide variety of nanoscience applications in material science, physics, polymers, chemistry, tribology, biomaterials, and bioscience, including emerging applications in energy storage and generation, low-dimensional materials,
and biophysics.

Asylum’s MFP-3D family of AFMs includes four different models that span a wide range of performance, applications, and budgets. The new MFP-3D Infinity is the flagship of the family, offering the highest performance, simplest operation, and widest range of capabilities. The MFP-3D Classic, the original MFP-3D offered for mid-range budgets, provides high performance and versatility that exceeds most AFMs. The MFP-3D Origin is the most affordable model, offering the same performance as the MFP-3D Classic with many accessories and an easy upgrade path to advanced capabilities. Finally, the MFP-3D-BIO integrates with an inverted light microscope to support biological and photonic applications.

Cypher is the highest resolution fast scanning AFM and is available in two configurations, the Cypher S and the Cypher ES Environmental AFM. They provide low-drift closed loop imaging for the most accurate images and measurements possible today, >20X faster imaging with small cantilevers, exceptional ease of use, and integrated thermal, acoustic and vibration control – all in a small footprint. Cypher AFMs routinely achieve higher resolution than other AFMs, as demonstrated by single point atomic defects in crystal lattices and imaging of the DNA double helix. The Cypher ES adds gas and liquid environmental control, temperature control, and enhanced chemical compatibility to the extraordinary performance of the Cypher S.

In addition to the best AFMs, Asylum Research also offers unmatched customer support that is free for the lifetime of the AFM and industry-leading warranties for the lowest cost of ownership of any AFM. Asylum has sales, applications and service staff in offices in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, France, China and Taiwan and global distribution.

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