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Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 02 September, 2019
Usually the SPM blogs I write are more of the “hooray for AFM” variety where I focus on all the wonderful capabilities and new information that AFM does provide.  And indeed,...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 13 August, 2019
  We know AFM can image a wide variety of surface properties on the nanoscale:   topography, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and even thermal.  Imaging true topography on the...
C Parmenter | 30 July, 2019
It’s the last week of July and I’m excited! Why? Because it’s the week before Microscopy & Microanalysis, the MSA’s annual meeting, and this year it’s in Portland!
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Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 01 July, 2019
It has become a bit challenging to keep track of AFM vendors over the last few years as there have been a number of acquisitions involving some of the main players.  At last count...
C Parmenter | 27 June, 2019
MMC 2019 is less than a week away and at Microscopy and Analysis, we’re getting very excited! I’ve been receiving emails from many vendors who will be exhibiting, urging me to...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 18 June, 2019
During my interview talk for my postdoctoral fellowship at ExxonMobil, I presented a slide on the importance of studying the liquid-solid interface since much of my graduate...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 04 June, 2019
When I am approached by customers to make measurements for them, I have a list of questions to try and guide the discussion and to determine whether an AFM measurement is feasible...
fdavid | 15 April, 2019
For anyone with an interest in microscopy, mmc2019 at Manchester Central from 1-4 July is an event simply not to be missed – as regular attendees of the biennial Congress will...
fdavid | 12 March, 2019
The excitement and expectation is well and truly building as we look ahead to our flagship event, Microscience Microscopy Congress 2019 (mmc2019), taking place at Manchester...
C Parmenter | 05 March, 2019
This content is a paid for blog Pfeiffer Vacuum is presenting extremely high-compression models with its new HiPace 700 H turbopumps. With a compression ratio of ≥ 2·107 for...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 15 February, 2019
So the real measure of a technology’s success is if it is featured in a movie or TV show, right?  Well, probably not a measure of actual success (I doubt the mainstream public...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 04 January, 2019
Most atomic force microscopy (AFM) methods require driving or actuating the cantilever at some frequency.  Typically, you want to drive the cantilever at its resonance frequency...
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Anonymous (not verified) | 13 September, 2018
So I actually started my scanning probe microscopy career with ambient scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in the basement of Columbia University’s Havemeyer Hall in George Flynn’...
C Parmenter | 13 September, 2018
We live in the age of Superheroes, where the thriving movie and comic industries are quick to reassure us that there is always a hero around who will step and do what must be done...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 06 September, 2018
The end of August is when most people’s minds are focused on beaches, ice-cream, and movies.   But for over 16,000 chemists, the end of August was a time to converge on Boston for...
C Parmenter | 03 August, 2018
It’s that time of year when microscopy professionals gather to discuss and educate themselves about what’s hot in our field and how we can utilise our various microscopies to...
C Parmenter | 29 July, 2018
They say that only two things I life are certain, death and taxes. I’d add that a third is change. Let’s be honest nothing really stays the same, even if we’d like it to. Our own...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 02 May, 2018
When I first got into the field of trying to make quantitative nanomechanical measurements with AFM, I was trying to measure the storage modulus (a viscoelastic modulus – see my...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 09 April, 2018
One of the most frequent image analysis tasks that I am asked to do involves some kind of measurements on particles or pores:  counting them, sizing them, measuring their...
C Parmenter | 02 March, 2018
In my mind, the end of the year starts with the annual Cryo-Microscopy Group meeting and I look forward to catching up with friends and seeing what other are doing in the field of...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 16 January, 2018
A new year.  A new start.  It’s always an opportunity to assess where things stand and wipe the slate clean if necessary.  I have been thinking a lot about the state of...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 04 January, 2018
For the first 20 years or so, resonant AFM modes such as tapping modes - that take advantage of oscillating the cantilever at its resonance frequency - occurred at the frequency...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 13 December, 2017
It is hard to believe MRS was just last week and I was a bit sad for the week to end. It was quite the SPM reunion – people compared it to an old high school reunion with so many...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 16 November, 2017
A lot of AFM nanomechanical measurements are geared towards measuring modulus.  But what is modulus? There are so many different kinds:  Youngs modulus, elastic modulus, tensile...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 16 November, 2017
It’s time for the annual fall meeting of MRS, which always takes place in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center and adjacent Sheraton Hotel the week after Thanksgiving (November...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 08 October, 2017
Calibrations are an important parameter for all metrological instrumentation and measurements.  You need to have confidence in what you are measuring whether it’s the x and y...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 18 September, 2017
The jargon in the scanning probe world has become really confusing, especially as it is condensed mostly into 3-4 letter acronyms, where the final letter is usually “m” for...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 18 September, 2017
As summer draws to a close, the fall conference season swings into action.  A lot of people have asked me over the years, “what are the good AFM conferences”?  Either to learn...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 30 August, 2017
It still amazes me to hear how many AFM users are still missing many of the basics of AFM operation.  I interact heavily with users from a wide variety of backgrounds at...
C Parmenter | 17 August, 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri was the venue for this year’s Microscopy & Microanalysis; the Microscopy Society of America’s (MSA) annual meeting, which was extra special this year as...
C Parmenter | 05 August, 2017
  Just ahead of this year’s M&M I thought I’d write a short piece on our venue for the week. 
C Parmenter | 04 August, 2017
Manchester Central was once again the host for the biannual microscopy extravaganza known as MMC, organised by the RMS. This year’s meeting was the biggest MMC ever with 6...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 17 July, 2017
That seems to be a weighty question, especially for an SPM blog.  It is on my mind as I returned from the 2017 Techconnect meeting which was held at the Gaylord convention center...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 17 July, 2017
I attended the spring ACS meeting in San Francisco in April.  ACS is always chock-full of things to do between the technical program and exhibit.  This year, the spring meeting...
C Parmenter | 20 June, 2017
This content is a sponsored blog post by the Royal Microscopical Society The Microscience Microscopy Congress, mmc2017 is now only two weeks away and the free exhibition with its...
C Parmenter | 11 June, 2017
Ever since his 2009 Science publication, Leo Gross and his IBM Zurich colleagues have captured our imagination by imaging the pentacene molecule with AFM and revealing clearly its...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 19 May, 2017
I started this blog by calling it “AFM vs. instrumented nanoindenters.”  But I really didn’t like that title because I don’t like to pit these 2 methods against one another and I...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 03 May, 2017
I haven’t written much about nanoindentation yet.  The field itself is pretty confusing because of a lot of ‘AFMers’ who conduct force spectroscopy measurements call these...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 26 April, 2017
Hybrid or correlative microscopy methods are in vogue.  My last blog was about joining the complementary worlds of AFM and SEM, and I mentioned some other hybrid AFM methods...
C Parmenter | 20 April, 2017
This is a sponsored blog on behalf of MMC 2017 Late Breaking Poster Submission to mmc2017 closes on Friday 15 May.
C Parmenter | 10 April, 2017
The Rio Olympics may be a distant memory for most of us, however, I believe some important lessons on future investment can be learned. I'm sure it will not have escaped you...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 10 April, 2017
I have recently been hearing a lot about hybrid AFM-SEMs which are a fairly recent innovation with some commercial entries to market over the past 5 years.  So first, let’s...
C Parmenter | 22 March, 2017
This blog post is sponsored by the RMS  Plans for the 2017 Microscience Microscopy Congress are now well-underway. This summer’s huge microscopy and imaging event taking place...
C Parmenter | 14 February, 2017
This content originally appeared in the Jan 2017 issue and is a sponsored blog Ultramicroscopy is a light-sheet illumination based system designed to image specimens of millimetre...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 06 February, 2017
 
C Parmenter | 02 February, 2017
This content originally appeared in the Jan 2017 issue and is a sponsored blog Bruker’s PeakForce Tapping® mode enables high-resolution imaging of mammalian cells under...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 02 February, 2017
The Materials Research Society (MRS) annual fall meeting in Boston was again a powerful showcase of technological capability and innovation in materials science with over 6,000...
C Parmenter | 01 February, 2017
I was reflecting recently on the glorious summer of 2016 and the fabulous meetings that we attended. I enjoy talking to people at conferences and in my capacity as the editor of M...
C Parmenter | 17 January, 2017
In this week’s blog I am concluding my little two-part series about the cantilever. Why so much space and effort dedicated to the SPM cantilever?  Because too often I encounter...
C Parmenter | 12 December, 2016
Every four years microscopy users, scientists, engineers and industry leaders meet in Europe to take stock of microscopy and the science it enables. The venue this time around was...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 08 December, 2016
The heart of the AFM is really in the cantilever/tip assembly, often referred to as the probe.  This probe governs the interaction and ultimately the type and quality of data...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 04 October, 2016
User-friendliness seems to be a key feature in operating any high end instrumentation these days, including electron or scanning probe microscopes.   Whenever you check out a...
Dalia Yablon Ph.D | 01 September, 2016
Atomic force microscopy is celebrating its 30th birthday this year after its invention in 1986 by Gerd Binnig, Christoph Gerber, and Calvin Quate, who were scientists at the IBM...
C Parmenter | 27 August, 2016
We’re just a day or so away from the 16th EMC meeting in Lyon which will see microscopists from all over Europe and beyond congregate for this 4 yearly meeting. After the...
C Parmenter | 09 August, 2016
Columbus, OH, was the recent host of the annual meeting known as Microscopy & Microanalysis, hosted by the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), Microanalysis Society (MAS) and...
C Parmenter | 23 July, 2016
We’re just a few days away from the annual M&M meeting, which this time is in the city of Columbus. I’m sure you have your flight and hotel booked, but in case you’re...
C Parmenter | 10 July, 2016
A wet, typical spring day in central London saw over 200 delegates visit Imperial College for a comprehensive look at the world of photonics. The roadshow is made up of three...
C Parmenter | 02 November, 2015
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the commercialisation of the SEM by the Cambridge Instrument Company (CIC). Chris Parmenter attended the meeting to celebrate this landmark in...
C Parmenter | 19 October, 2015
Once again the great and the good assembled for the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting, which this year was held in Portland, OR. The meeting took place at the Oregon...
C Parmenter | 07 September, 2015
On 19th July, I travelled to London to attend the 150th anniversary meeting of the Quekett Microscopy Club. The group who describe themselves as ‘enthusiastic amateurs’ certainly...
C Parmenter | 31 July, 2015
With just a few days to go before M&M 2015 I thought that I’d give you a run-down of what you can expect from the conference and also its host city of Portland. No doubt as...
C Parmenter | 28 July, 2015
Manchester once again played host to the Microscience Microscopy Conference (MMC) and it was jam packed with high quality science and cutting edge innovations in exhibition and...
C Parmenter | 19 June, 2015
Hi guys, I’m making no secret of it – I’m very excited about MMC – I can’t wait to get there and get into the exhibition hall and every email that I get from the companies...
C Parmenter | 17 June, 2015
This year’s Focus on Microscopy (FOM) took place from 29th March until 2nd April at the Lokhalle in the historic city of Göttingen, Germany and M&A editor Chris Parmenter was...
C Parmenter | 13 January, 2015
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy Christmas and New Year and that the year so far has been a good one. In the run up to Christmas, I was thinking what a year it has been!...
C Parmenter | 04 November, 2014
As the leaves fall from the trees and the clocks go back, I've been gathering my thoughts and reflecting on the bumper summer of meetings we've had in 2014. Here at M&A we’ve...
C Parmenter | 17 September, 2014
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C Parmenter | 08 September, 2014
As microscopists from around the world meet on their four yearly International Microscopy Congress (IMC) and I’m giddy with excitement at what the event has in store.  Some will...
C Parmenter | 04 August, 2014
On Monday 30th June, Chris Parmenter attended a cross-disciplinary electron and light microscopy meeting, prior to this year’s very successful MMC2014
C Parmenter | 22 July, 2014
They say ‘No man is an island’ and ‘you gotta have friends!’ and as scientists we are no exception. Frequently, scientists are portrayed as lacking social skills and some non-...
C Parmenter | 22 June, 2014
It’s June, the sun is out (today at least) and for those of us in the UK we’re planning and looking forward to the first of this year’s three big summer microscopy meetings.
C Parmenter | 15 June, 2014
Wouldn't it be great if you had another way to analyse your sample without the need to move it to a different instrument?
C Parmenter | 08 May, 2014
They say that many things improve with age: wine, cheese, art and some cars! But I don’t typically hear this said about microscopes and I’ve previously talked about the importance...
C Parmenter | 07 April, 2014
I recently attended the Big Bang Fair with my children at the NEC in Birmingham. For those of you who don't know, the Big Bang fair is a science and engineering event aimed at...
C Parmenter | 10 March, 2014
A particle sizing tool for the analysis of sub-micron particles
C Parmenter | 06 February, 2014
Today I want to, no, I need to talk about a matter that I’m sure we all encounter.
C Parmenter | 03 January, 2014
2014 is upon us and as we individually make New Year’s resolutions, plan attendance at events and consider changes we might bring in, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss...
C Parmenter | 24 December, 2013
Last year I blogged about the importance of sample prep kit, so I thought you might enjoy this, it was something I dreamt up just before Christmas: Dear Santa, I know you're very...
C Parmenter | 02 December, 2013
On the 12 & 13th of November 2013 I attended the 25th anniversary meeting of the UK Cryo Microscopy Group at the University of Birmingham. This group has been meeting annually...
C Parmenter | 28 November, 2013
In my previous article, I discussed the ways in which the SEM and specifically FIB-SEM has improved in the past 20 years. In this time there has been massive uptake of the field-...
C Parmenter | 25 October, 2013
The initial combination of a scanning electron microscope column and a focused ion beam column in the early 1990s, which gave birth to the FIB-SEM, has found wide application in...
C Parmenter | 01 October, 2013
We all know what it is to see a new sports car and want it, or when a neighbour moves to a new house and you wish you could do the same. I’m pretty sure the same is true with...
C Parmenter | 27 September, 2013
So often we obsess over what resolution we can obtain and as instrument design advances and limits are driven down, we expect that the data and clarity of images from our...
M Toso | 04 September, 2013
The translation of two dimensions into three dimensions has always been a crux in biology. Life exists in three dimensions, and order to fully grasp the totality of biology it...
C Parmenter | 01 September, 2013
A few weeks ago, some colleagues and I were talking about which conferences we’d be attending this season. I was startled by one of their comments...
M Toso | 16 August, 2013
No one doubts that light microscopy has come a long way since the 16th century. The first known compound microscopes were built by Zacharias and Hans Janssen. None of these...
M Toso | 31 July, 2013
It all started with my mother. A year or so into graduate school I had become a seasoned "gel jock".  What felt like a thousand southern blots and PCR runs later I saw two faint...
C Parmenter | 26 July, 2013
When it comes to microscopy in food science, there are two common options. The first is the original, light microscopy, which is used today in almost every lab and has been joined...
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