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Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

An unprecedented collection of instrumentation for surface analysis at the nanoscale and beyond.

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Scanning Probe Microscopy

Nano and Pico Characterization Laboratory

The NPC Technology Center provides an unprecedented collection of nano-scale 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.

State of the art techniques for probing, manipulating and
visualizing nanomaterials through Scanning Probe Microscopy

The Nano and Pico Characterization Lab offers the technical infrastructure and expertise to meet the ever-increasing demand for insight into the properties of matter at the nanoscale and beyond through consultation, proof-of-concept testing, user training and direct research collaboration. In addition to providing the latest commercial instrumentation, an ongoing focus on in-house method and instrument development strives to afford researchers access to cutting edge techniques that define the forefront of nanoscience research and development.

Center Highlights

  • Over 50 years combined experience in SPM applications
  • Provides state-of-the-art SPM imaging tools
  • Nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy in nearly any environment
  • In-house instrument and method development
  • Consultation, training and collaboration
  • Quantitative tools for nanomechanical analysis
  • Biomaterial and live cell characterization

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