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AFM Workshop and Tutorials at Harvard University
August 21-22

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research, Inc. and Harvard University’s Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) announce an AFM Workshop and Tutorials Aug. 21-22. The workshop will focus on new techniques and instrumentation for nanomechanical and nanoelectrical characterization. Leading AFM scientists in their respective fields of materials and bioscience will present their latest results on the first day of the meeting. AFM techniques and scans modes will be demonstrated live on the Asylum Research Cypher ES™ Environmental AFM.

The second day of the workshop will include tutorial demonstrations on nanomechanics and electrical characterization techniques, including scanning microwave impedance microscopy (sMIM). The workshop is ideal for both novice and experienced AFM users.

Invited speakers include:
• Kathy Aidala, Mount Holyoke College
• Tom Arruda, Salve Regina University
• Bryan Huey, University of Connecticut
• Cristian Staii, Tufts University
• Matt Whitfield, MIT
• Dalia Yablon, SurfaceChar LLC


The lectures on Aug. 21 are free to all attendees.
Tutorials on Aug. 22 are $25 per tutorial. You will receive an invoice for the tutorial once you register.

Due to limited seating, attendees must register for the days that they wish to attend. Lunch will be provided on the first day of the workshop. Register Now


Download the program

Thursday, Aug. 21- Lectures and Demonstrations
Time Speaker Affiliation Title
8:30am Registration Harvard University Haller Hall, Room 102
9:00 Jiangdeng Dong Harvard Univ.
Session 1: AFM in Biology
9:30 Nicholas Geisse Asylum Research Practical considerations on contact mechanical measurements on soft, squishy, and sticky samples
10:00 Cristian Stali Tufts Univ. Cytoskeletal dynamics of living neurons measured by combined fluorescence and AFM
10:30 Matt Whitfield MIT E. coli can do it, why can't we?: Bioinspired and AFM-enabled design of a mechanically-regulated tissue adhesive
11:00 Break
Session 2: What's New at Asylum Research
11:20 Rob Cain Asylum Research What’s new: blueDrive™, GetStarted™ and Force Mapping – Demonstration
12:00 Lunch provided
Session 3: Nanomechanics/Functional Mechanics
1:00pm Dalia Yablon SurfaceChar LLC Advanced dynamic modes for nanomechanical characterization and discrimination of materials
– Demonstration
1:40 Keith Jones Asylum Research Viscoelastic measurements in air and liquid using blueDrive™ photothermal actuation
– Demonstration
2:20 Bryan Huey Univ. of Connecticut High speed SPM
3:00 Break
Session 4: Electrical Measurements
3:20 Keith Jones Asylum Research Introducing Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy – Demonstration
3:50 Kathy Aidala Mt. Holyoke Time resolved Kelvin probe measurements of charge in organic semiconductors
4:20 Tom Arruda Salve Regina Univ. SPM characterization of electrochemical energy materials
4:50   Concluding remarks
Friday, Aug. 22- Tutorials
9:00-10:30am Dalia Yablon SurfaceChar LLC Overview of Nanomechanical Characterization with AFM: Resonant and Non-resonant Methods
11:00-11:50 Keith Jones Asylum Research Electrical Characterization Methods

Workshop Venue and Campus Parking

Lecture Hall
Harvard University
Haller Hall (Geological Museum)
Room 102
24 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Click here for directions to the campus.

Parking available in a HU garage. You will need to set up an guest account online through Harvard’s Parking Office to purchase parking permits.The cost per day is $12.00. To set up an account:

1. Go to:
2. Select "online tools" on the left hand side of screen.
3. Click on "One-Day Online Permit"
4. Click "Visitor"
5. Select "Click Here To Register"
6. Complete the Login Information section of the Account Registration Page
7. When filling in the Personal Profile section choose Center for Nanoscale Systems from the pull down list for Dept. and the Dept. code is 3070.
8. Once in the system, you should be able to follow the prompts to complete you purchase. The 52 Oxford St., 10 Everitt St. and Broadway (in that order) are the closest garages to the LISE building and Haller Hall.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding parking, please contact


For additional information on the AFM Workshop, you may contact Nushaw Ghofranian, Asylum Research, 888-472-2795


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