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International Symposium on Scanning Probe Microscopy

On April 5th and 6th, 2012, Bruker Nano Surfaces Division, in collaboration with Northwestern University's NUANCE Center, the International Institute for Nanotechnology, and the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern, held an international symposium on the Northwestern University campus.

The symposium provided an informative, intellectually stimulating and mutually beneficial forum:

  • to review of the progress in and prospects for emerging field of SPM application in energy storage, polymers for photovoltaic applications, energy harvesting and energy dissipation;

  • to explore emerging application of SPM in quantitative biomechanics of cellular and sub-cellular structures, and to develop therapeutic strategies along with in-vitro imaging; and

  • to discuss the rapid development in high-speed AFM and real-time dynamics of biomolecules in action, true 3D nanometrology with controlled environments to offer SEM-like user experience and instrumentation for high speed AFM development.

Speakers included the following professors from six different countries, who spoke to an audience of over 150 attendees:

Plenary Speaker:

  • Prof. Tobin J. Marks, Northwestern University, USA

Featured Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Christoph Gerber, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Prof. Mark Hersam, Northwestern University, Evanston 
  • Prof. Christine Ortiz, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge 
  • Prof. Philippe Leclère, Universite de Mons, Belgium 
  • Prof. Toshio Ando, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan 
  • Dr. Chanmin Su, Bruker Nano, Santa Barbara 
  • Prof. Julius Vancso, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Prof. Paul Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Prof. Steve Dudek, University of Illinois, Chicago

2012 SPM Symposium participants