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European AFM User Meeting [2022]

AFM researchers and applications experts discuss high-resolution AFM imaging and the nanochemical, nanomechanical, and nanoelectrical characterization of advanced materials

Watch presentations by an impressive panel of guest speakers and technical demonstrations hosted by Bruker AFM applications experts.

The focus of the 2022 AFM User Meeting was the use of AFM for high-resolution imaging and the nanochemical, nanomechanical, and nanoelectrical characterization of advanced materials used in semiconductor and nanomaterials research.

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Explore AFM Applications in Advanced Materials Research

The meeting includes two sessions — each with a different focus — comprised of a series of talks, live Q&A sessions, and technical demonstrations of cutting-edge Bruker AFM instruments, including the new Dimension IconIR AFM.

Our speakers discuss their latest research with AFMs and cover topics as varied as

  • The electrical characterization of nitride transistors, dies, and semiconductor materials;
  • The use of AFM in the study of mineral-fluid reactions; and
  • The analysis of network-forming polymers, fuel cells, electrolyzer components, and lignocellulosic surfaces.


Available Recordings

Length Topic Speaker(s)
5 minutes Welcome/Introduction Dr. Peter De Wolf, Worldwide Application Director, Bruker Nano Surfaces & Metrology 
15 minutes Latest Bruker AFM Developments Dr. Mickael Febvre, Application Manager Europe, Bruker

Session 1: Semiconductors & Nanoelectrical Applications

Length  Topic Speaker(s) Abstract
25 minutes Nanoscale Electrical Characterisation of Nitride Transistor
Prof. Rachel Oliver, University of Cambridge, UK
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20 minutes Direct Observations of Mineral-Fluid Reactions using Atomic Force Microscopy
Dr. Encarnación Ruiz Agudo, University of Granada, Spain
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20 minutes  Analysis of Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Components with Nanoelectrical and Nanomechanical AFM
Dr. Tobias Morawietz, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
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15 minutes Live Bruker AFM Demonstration Dr. Vishal Panchal, Application Scientist, Bruker

Session 2: Nanomaterials Research

Length Topic Speaker(s) Abstract
25 minutes AFM-IR Insights into the Nanoscale Polymer Interphase
Dr. Suzanne Morsch, University of Manchester, UK
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20 minutes The Use of AFM Electrical Modes (SCM, SSRM and sMIM) in the Characterization of Dies and Semiconductor Materials Dr. Rosine Coq Germanicus, ENSICAEN Research Center, France Read More
15 minutes Mechanical Mapping of Lignocellulosic Surfaces
Dr. Claudia Gusenbauer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
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10 minutes Bruker Demonstration: Dimension IconIR Dr. Miriam Unger, Application Manager, Bruker  
5 minutes Q&A and Closing
Dr. Peter De Wolf, Worldwide Application Director, Bruker Nano Surfaces & Metrology  

Guest Speakers

Prof. Rachel Oliver
Director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride
University of Cambridge, UK

Prof Rachel Oliver is a materials scientist, inventor and spinout founder who also campaigns for equity in science and engineering research. Her passion for understanding and engineering the small-scale structure of materials to enable new technologies has been recognised by the award of a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2021 and her selection as an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer.

Encarnación Ruiz Agudo, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof., Department of Mineralogy and Petrology
University of Granada, Spain

Dr. Ruiz Agudo, a Chemical Engineer, received her doctorate in 2007 in the Earth Sciences Doctorate Program. She has received several awards, including the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists of the European Geosciences Union (2012) and the European Mineralogical Union Research Excellence Medal (2014). Her research focuses on understanding the processes of dissolution, growth and mineral replacement, as well as the effect of organic compounds in them using in-situ techniques such as AFM. This has diverse applications including the protection of ornamental materials used in built heritage, the cement industry, biomineralization processes and CO2 capture through carbonate mineralization.

Tobias Morawietz, Ph.D.
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Stuttgart, Germany

Tobias Morawietz studied Bio- and Nanotechnologies at the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen (Germany) (B.Sc.) and then Applied Surface and Material Sciences (M.Sc.) in Esslingen (Germany). After working in the corrosion protection laboratory and the atomic force microscopy laboratory, Tobias Morawietz started his doctoral thesis on atomic force microscopy on PEMFC at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and successfully defended it in 2021. He is currently working on electrolysis materials at the German Aerospace Center in Stuttgart and on the analysis of fuel cell materials at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Suzanne Morsch, Ph.D.
Department of Materials,
University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Suzanne Morsch obtained her Ph.D. in Surface Science from the University of Durham in 2013. Since then, she has worked as a Research Associate, and more recently Research Fellow at the AkzoNobel Laboratory for Corrosion Protection in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester, focused on the mechanisms of polymer degradation in protective paints, with an emphasis on nanostructural analysis using AFM-IR

Rosine Coq Germanicus, Ph.D.
Assoc. Prof., CRISMAT Laboratory
ENSICAEN Research Center, France

Rosine Coq Germanicus is an Associate Professor at the CRISMAT laboratory (France). After completing a university degree in physics in Guadeloupe, she received her doctoral thesis at the University Montpellier (France), where she investigated the effect of space radiation on optoelectronic devices. She then joined the common laboratory at NXP and Presto-Engineering and is now at the academic lab CRISMAT. The focus of her current research activity is the application of scanning probe microscopy to investigate microelectronics and radiation effects, including nano-electrical and nano-mechanical characterization, as well as the reliability of integrated semiconductor devices.

Claudia Gusenbauer, Ph.D.
Dept. of Material Sciences and Process Engineering 
University of Nat. Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

In her Ph.D., Claudia Gusenbauer studied the fundamental chemical surface behavior of wood nanostructures and investigated the performance of functionalized wood materials based on SPM techniques. She holds a master's degree in Wood Technology & Management and started a post-doctoral position at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria in January 2021, where she continues investigating the nano-structural design of wood materials towards the fabrication of functional wood materials.