Atomic Force Microscope

MultiMode 8-HR

World's most extendable high-resolution AFM
MultiMode 8-HR


MultiMode 8-HR

The MultiMode® platform's long history of success is based on its combination of superior resolution, performance, and unparalleled versatility and productivity. The MultiMode 8-HR atomic force microscope (AFM)  further advances these capabilities to provide significant improvements in imaging speed, resolution, and nanomechanical performance with higher speed PeakForce Tapping®, enhanced PeakForce QNM®, new FASTForce Volume, and exclusive Bruker probes technology.

resolution imaging
Enables researchers to routinely create the most detailed images on molecular and biological structures, such as protein or DNA double helix.
expert-quality results
Allows users of all experience levels to achieve faster, more consistent highest quality results.
open-access flexibility
Supports a wide range of accessories to tailor your AFM to your specific application.



NanoScope Open-Access Toolbox

MultiMode 8-HR offers a variety of options to monitor signals, modify real-time operation, and implement custom offline analysis. Standard NanoScope® tools exist for direct MATLAB import of data and ASCII export.You can monitor internal signals and customize signal inputs with Virtual SAM, or expand your capabilities with optional SAM lll. Control of AFM functions are available through optional nanolithography and NanoScope COM interface. Ultimately, you can leverage NanoScope Open-Access capabilities to extend your experiments beyond standard AFM modes to develop your own modes for obtaining new unique datasets.

NanoScope controller for signal input and output.

PeakForce-HR Module

Polymer brush structures imaged using PeakForce-HR. Scan size 1 μm at 5 Hz. Sample courtesy of S. Sheiko, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The MultiMode 8-HR has been designed to take the fullest advantage of PeakForce Tapping technology, providing 6X faster PeakForce Tapping imaging in air compared to most conventional AFMs, with no loss of performance.

Advanced Environmental Control

MultiMode 8-HR is available with both sample heating and cooling capabilities. The low-range option enables heating and cooling between -35°C and 100°C in either air or fluids. The high-range option heats up to 250°C and is often used to study polymer phase transitions. It is unique in that it allows both gas purging to prevent sample oxidation and tip heating to prevent tip contamination. Environmental control accessories are available both integrated with the heater/cooler options or as separate environmental chambers.

Poloxamer tri-block copolymer (BASF Pluronic) sample imaged with PeakForce-HR. Starting at room temperature (left), the sample melts upon heating to 60°C (middle), and then recrystallizes upon cooling to 55°C (right). Scan sizes 3 μm, imaged at 10 Hz.


AFM Modes

Expand Your Applications with AFM Modes

With an unrivalled suite of imaging modes available, Bruker has an AFM technique for every investigation.

Built on the backbone of core imaging modes—Contact Mode and Tapping Mode—Bruker offers AFM modes that allow users to probe their samples’ electrical, magnetic, or materials properties. Bruker’s innovative new PeakForce Tapping technology represents a new core imaging paradigm that has been incorporated into several modes, providing topographic, electrical, and mechanical properties data in parallel.




Hear What Our Customers Have to Say

With the help of Conductive Atomic Force Microscopy (C-AFM) analysis in the PeakForce Tunneling AFM (PeakForce TUNA) module of the MultiMode 8, we were able to understand the location-specific nanoscale electrical conductivity of doped semiconductors. This has led us to explore many new materials and their electronic properties at nanoscale. We have been using the MultiMode 8 for the past three years and I must say this instrument is really powerful and robust.

Dr. Emila Panda, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, India

For us, the MultiMode 8 is truly a workhorse. We are very productive with it, publishing up to 20 papers per year. We find it invaluable for its closed small-volume liquid cell capabilities.

Dr. Jim De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

With the combined application of PeakForce QNM and PeakForce TUNA we were uniquely able to determine the nanostructure and ionic conductivity distribution on humidity sensitive ionomers with unprecedented quality and resolution. For us, the versatility and flexibility of the MultiMode 8 AFM with these modes opens the path for numerous explorations of materials for electrochemical energy applications.

Dr. Renate Hiesgen, University of Applied Sciences Esslingen, Germany

I recently upgraded my NanoScope III MultiMode AFM to the new MultiMode 8, and I really love the new ScanAsyst mode for collecting AFM images. It is so simple, and it makes training new students a breeze. If I align the laser on the tip, the student can begin collecting his/her own images in less than 30 minutes. This is so much easier than tapping mode, and the images are just as good. I was quite impressed.

Dr. Maryanne Collinson, Virginia Commonwealth University

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