AFM Workshop

Atomic force microscopes are essential tools for nanotechnology research, providing the necessary resolution for the visualization and measurement of nanostructures including nanoparticles, DNA, thin films, polymers, and much more. With noise floors as low as 0.08 nm, AFM Workshop microscopes are fully capable of handling your nanotechnology research needs.

AFM for Nanotechnology Research

Atomic force microscopes are essential for nanotechnology research requiring the visualization and measurement of nanostructures. AFMWorkshop's innovative microscopes offer a balance between an affordable price and the rigorous performance required by many nanotechnology researchers. Our instruments are robust and can be used in single-user as well as multi-user laboratories. AFMWorkshop's microscopes share a powerful and intuitive user interface that meet the needs of casual as well as advanced AFM operators.

Our Atomic Force Microscopes:

  • give great images of nanostructures on both soft and hard materials;
  • have an open architecture to facilitate the development of novel instruments;
  • are used by customers to create images used in publications;
  • include the most common modes.


Throughout the world, AFMWorkshop products are used everyday for nanotechnology research projects in both life and physical sciences.  While AFMWorkshop products were introduced to the market in late 2010, we already have a growing list of publications by successful AFMWorkshop customers.  (It typically takes several years for customers to produce publications based on research generated by a new AFM.)  To view a list of publications referencing AFMWorkshop products, click here.  

Scanned Samples

All types of samples are scanned with AFMWorkshop atomic force microscopes. Below are examples of nanostructures, patterned surfaces, materials, and life science samples.  Many more AFM images from AFMWorkshop atomic force microscopes can be viewed in our AFM Image Gallery.

Nano Structures

AFM Workshop Image Nanoparticles AFM image of self assembled lipid nanotubes

At the left is a 500 nm X 500 nm vibrating mode image of 1 nm and 3 nm nanoparticles measured with a 50 x 50 x 15 µm scanner. At the right is a 20µm x 20µm image of self assembled lipid nanotubes.

Structured Surfaces

AFM Workshop Image gear fabricated by MEMS AFM Workshop Image Patterned Wafer

On the left is a 40 X 40 µm non-vibrating mode image of a gear fabricated by MEMS. On the right is a 50 x 50 µm image of structures on a patterned wafter after CMP.


AFM Workshop image BOPP fibers AFM image 10 µm x 10 µm of 0.3 nm terraces on Si

On the left is a 2 x 2 µm image of BOPP fibers measured in ambient air.  On the right is a 10 x 10 µm image of 0.3 nm terraces on Si.  At the bottom of the Si image, a 50 nm major step in the sample's surface is visible. Note the small terraces at the edge of the larger terrace.

Life Sciences

AFM Workshop image ecoli brown r1 pmAFM Workshop Image DNA 3um r1 pm

These two images illustrate the power of the TT-2 AFM for life sciences scanning. At the left is a 6 x 4 µm phase mode image of an Ecoli cell.  At the right is a 3 x 3 µm image of DNA deposited on the surface of mica, imaged with vibrating mode in ambient air.

Samples Screening

AFMWorkshop's TT-2 AFM is a particularly useful AFM for labs with much more expensive Atomic Force Microscopes already dedicated to specialized experiments. Routine and repetitive scanning of not particularly challenging samples can be completed without losing valuable time to readjusting the dedicated and more expensive instruments. Additionally, students and researchers can prepare themselves for operating higher-end microscopes by first learning to operate and master the TT-2 AFM.

Advanced Features of AFMWorkshop AFM Products

High Resolution Scanning   With a Z noise floor of 0.08 nm, the TT-2 AFM is capable of high resolution scanning on samples such as DNA, nanoparticles and nanotubes. To ensure optimal performance, our technical staff can provide pre-sales evaluation of your proposed AFM installation location.

Expandable architecture   Our product line is expandable with many features offered as upgrades that can be purchased after your initial purchase. We uniquely offer several stage options that may be purchased for the same SPM Control Station.

Modes   Our products are offered with standard modes such as vibrating, and non-vibrating topography modes as well as phase mode and LFM. Additional modes such as C-AFM, lithography, MFM, and F/D are available as options for all of our products.

Recommended Products for Nanotechnology Research

TT-2 AFM ‒ Nano Materials Research

LS AFM ‒ Life Sciences Research


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