Asylum Research


 Asylum Research Classes


AFM in Biology Class

Nanomechanics Class


 Getting to Asylum


 Class Meals

 Santa Barbara Info


AFM in Biology Class

CellThe AFM in Biology Class is a world renowned class that covers a variety of topics in AFM life science applications from basic AFM operation and force measurements, to sample prep and simultaneous AFM and optical microscopy. It is ideal for the beginner-to-intermediate AFM scientist. Topics and experiments are tailored to the skill level of the participants.

The class includes morning lectures which are complementary to the afternoon hands-on experiments. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis with usually only two students to an instrument. Hear what past students have said about the AFM in Biology Class.

General Topics Covered
• Basic AFM operation
• Biological sample preparation and interpretation of AFM data
• Choosing cantilevers
• Imaging samples in air and fluids: from molecules to cells
• Force measurements: intramolecular forces and stiffness measurements
• Simultaneous AFM and optical microscopy techniques, including fluorescence and phase contrast
• Recognizing artifacts

ForceHands-on Experiments

• Imaging bacteriorhodopsin
• Imaging and force measurements (pulling) on DNA
• Pulling on Titin
• Imaging and mechanically pushing lipid bilayers
• Imaging and probing fixed and living cells, including point & click individual force curves and force maps.

Students may bring their own samples to image at the end of class.

Experiments are done on these Asylum Research AFMs:


Notification for Future Classes
If you would like to be notified of the next AFM in Biology Class, please email us.

Nanomechanics Class
AFM and Instrumented Nanoindenting: Techniques and Instrumentation

The Nanomechanics Class will cover a variety of instruments and techniques used for nanomechanical measurements. This class will be geared for beginner-intermediate AFM users that are looking to gain a greater understanding of nanomechanical characterization using AFM and nanoindenting. The class combines lectures and hands-on experiments designed to teach AFM theory and instrumentation, scanning modes to probe contact mechanics, including properties such as stiffness, adhesion, viscoelasticity, and real-world concepts.

The lectures and experiments will be tailored to the skill level of the participants and based on topic interests. Class size will be limited for individualized instruction. Students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

imageGeneral Topics
• Principles of AFM
• General Nanomechanics
• Force Measurements and Material Properties
• Choosing Cantilevers for Specific Scan Methods
• Instrumented Nanoindentation
• Phase Imaging and Dissipation
• Multifrequency Imaging Modes
• Force Modulation
• Contact Resonance Imaging

imageHands-on Experiments
• Force Measurements
• AFM Nanoindentation
• AC (tapping) Phase Imaging
• Multifrequency Imaging, including Dual AC™ Mode
• Force Modulation and Contact Resonance
• Other scan methods based on student input

Students may bring their own samples to image at the end of class. Note the topics listed may be modified to accommodate the skill level of the class.

Experiments will be done on Asylum Research AFMs:

MFP NanoIndenter

Notification for Future Classes
If you would like to be notified of the next Nanomechanics Class, please email us.

General Class Information

Getting to Asylum Research
Transportation expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. Attendees should fly into Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), California, which is located within minutes of Asylum Research. If you plan to fly into Los Angeles, please email us for driving directions from Los Angeles (Santa Barbara is a 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hour drive from Los Angeles). Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from class. For those not renting a car, taxis are available at the airport and from the hotel.

Directions to Asylum Research from the Santa Barbara Airport
Upon exiting the airport, take a left onto Fairview Ave. Go to the first light at Hollister Ave. Take a left. Go up Hollister Ave. approximately 3/4 of a mile. Asylum Research is on the right hand side across from the airport tower, between La Patera and Robin Hill cross streets.

Asylum Research
6310 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Download map

Accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee. Asylum Research has set aside a block of rooms at the Best Western South Coast Inn. Hotel pricing is $125 during the week and $135 Friday - Sunday. and includes a complimentary continental breakfast, and free WiFi (please double check with the hotel for seasonally-adjusted rates). Attendees must contact Best Western directly to reserve their room (note room rates may change slightly). Make sure to mention the class name “Asylum Nanomechanics Class” or the "AFM in Biology Class" for the special room rate.

Best Western South Coast Inn
5620 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Other nearby accommodations can be found here.

Directions to Best Western South Coast Inn from the Airport

Upon exiting the airport, take a left onto Fairview Ave. Stay straight on Fairview Ave. and proceed over the freeway. At the light, take a left. At the very next light, take a right onto Calle Real. Stay on this road approximately 3/4 mile. The Best Western Hotel is on the left hand side.

Continental breakfast, all lunches, and one group dinner will be provided by Asylum Research. All other meals are the responsibility of the attendee. There are restaurants within walking distance from the hotel and in the downtown Santa Barbara area (10-15 minute drive).

Santa Barbara Information
Santa Barbara has a very temperate climate with temperatures ranging from the 60’s-70’s during the day and 40's in the winter and spring, and 50's in summer and fall.Please bring very casual, comfortable clothing and a jacket for evenings.

For additional information on Santa Barbara, see

Questions on a Class?
You may contact us at:
Asylum Research
6310 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117


Oxford Instruments Asylum Research, Inc. • 6310 Hollister Ave. • Santa Barbara, CA  93117 •