KEYWORDS: Cellulose; Fluid Transport; Height Image; Ink Mileage; Opaque Samples; Paper;Toner Particles; Topography; Upright Optical Microscopy
The BioMat Workstation enables the comprehensive structural investigation of non-transparent samples like paper. This allows researchers to gain unique insights into how nanoscale structural properties impact a material's behavior, even on samples that are otherwise inaccessible by combined AFM and optical microscopy.
Combining AFM with optical microscopy enables detailed characterization of the surface and bulk structures of paper. Nevertheless, sample characteristics can create barriers to this method. This is particularly true for non-transparent samples, which cannot be investigated with an inverted optical microscope positioned underneath the sample. This challenge cannot be overcome through simple instrument configuration changes; in such cases, placing the objective of an upright microscope above the sample leaves too little space for the AFM to access the sample location. The BioMAT Workstation overcomes both of these problems.