Important Nanotechnology Advances Reported at Scientific Conference
Craig Prater, Ph.D., Veeco's Director of New Technology Development, commented, "Over 200 leading scientists from 20 countries attended this year's event, co-sponsored by Veeco and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Our event has gotten larger and attracted more notable scientific papers and abstracts every year. We are honored that Dr. Masakazu Aono from Japan's National Institute for Materials Science was the conference's keynote speaker and are grateful to CNSI's Dr. Evelyn Hu for her guidance of this global event."
This year, several important scientific advances were discussed, including:
-- Charles Ying and Stephen Hsu, NIST - shared results of research on the fundamental mechanisms of friction, including quantitative analysis of plowing effects by sharp probe tips.
-- Martin Stolz, Maurice E Mueller Institute for Structure Biology, Basel Switzerland - presented a new AFM-based protocol for measuring the elastic properties of tissue. In addition he showed AFM images illustrating the molecular origin of loss of elasticity in cartilage due to aging;
-- Franz Giessibl, University of Augsburg EKM, Germany - reported on imaging a single atom with sub-Angstrom lateral resolution, using higher-harmonic atomic force microscopy;
-- Philipp Thurner, University of California, Santa Barbara - showed how AFM images help reveal the nanometer-scale structure of human bone, and how this furthers the efforts to develop a three-dimensional model of the complex nano-composite bone;
-- Arthur Baddorf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory - showed maps of naturally occurring piezoelectric properties in teeth and butterfly wings;
-- Georg Schitter, Instrumentation and Georg Fantner, Small Cantilevers, University of California, Santa Barbara - showed first results of a new high-speed AFM system and batch produced small cantilevers for high-speed imaging.
-- Tilman Schaffer, University of Munster - demonstrated methods of high-speed imaging of elastic properties of chromosomes and showed a dramatic video of the digestion of a chromosome viewed with this technique.
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