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Home > Press > AFM-IR publication makes the cover of Decemberís issue of Applied Spectroscopy: Anasys Instruments' latest review paper on nanoscale AFM-IR chosen for the cover position of Applied Spectroscopy
The Society for Applied Spectroscopy features a new review paper on the combining of atomic force microscopy and infrared spectroscopy on the cover of its flagship journal, Applied Spectroscopy, December 2012.
The journal describes the highlighted Focal Point article for their final issue of 2012. This reviews a powerful new capability which enables the chemical characterization of polymeric and biological samples at nanoscale spatial resolutions via infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The combination of a broadly tunable IR laser source with photothermal detection via the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM) permits the collection of sub-diffraction-limited IR spectra with band contours identical to those obtained by conventional transmission IR spectroscopy.
The cover images show how the AFM-IR technique is used to acquire IR absorption spectra and absorption images with spatial resolution on the 50-100 nm scale, including the mapping of an IR-absorbing species in a single bacterium cell and the ability to differentiate the chemical composition of individual polymeric domains in a model pharmaceutical formulation.
Finally, it is shown that by controlling the polarization of the IR excitation laser, it is possible to obtain important information regarding the molecular orientation in electrospun nanofibers. For more information, please see the Focal Point article ''AFM-IR: Combining Atomic Force Microscopy and Infrared Spectroscopy for Nanoscale Chemical Characterization'', by Alexandre Dazzi, Craig B. Prater, Qichi Hu, D. Bruce Chase, John F. Rabolt, and Curtis Marcott.
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Anasys Instruments is dedicated to delivering innovative products and solutions that analyze samples with spatially varying physical and chemical properties at the micro and nanoscale. Anasys introduced the nano-TA in 2006 which launched the field of nanoscale thermal property measurement. In 2010, Anasys introduced the nanoIR Platform which pioneered the field of nanoscale IR measurement. In 2012, Anasys is proud to introduce Lorentz Contact Resonance which developed the field of wideband nanoscale dynamic mechanical spectroscopy.
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