Webinars

mIRage: new optical sub-micron IR technology from Anasys Instruments


CurtisMarcott
Dr. Curtis Marcott
Light Light Solutions
Dr. Craig Prater
Chief Technology Officer
"mIRage overcomes the two biggest problems in FTIR spectroscopy, resolution and sample preparation"
Dr. Craig Prater discusses the latest technology innovation from Anasys Instruments, the mIRage™ IR microscopy, eliminating the two biggest problems of conventional IR spectroscopy by providing sub-micron spatial resolution and the ability to accommodate thick samples with little to no sample preparation. Dr. Curt Marcott discusses the broad range of applications mIRage covers.
Webinar topics
  • Overview of latest advancements from Anasys
  • New mIRage technology and product
  • Applications of mIRage in pharameutical research, life science, polymer systems, and more
Applications: Polymers, life sciences, materials
mIRage banner art
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10nm resolution chemical imaging with Tapping AFM-IR


Wojtek Chrzanowski
Dr. Craig Prater
Chief Technology Officer
Kevin Kjoller
VP of Product Development
Anasys Instruments
"Tapping AFM-IR achieves spatial resolutions of 10nm and below"
Dr. Craig Prater discusses the latest advancements in AFM-IR based nanoscale IR spectroscopy, enabling 10nm spatial resolution for chemical imaging. This remarkable capability is achieved with the introduction of Tapping AFM-IR.
Webinar topics
  • 10nm resolution withTapping AFM-IR™ and how it works.
  • FASTspectra™ high speed nanoIR spectroscopy.
  • Latest AFM-IR advancements
Applications: Polymers, life sciences, materials
10nm resolution chemical imaging tapping AFM-IR High resolution IR image of human cell at 1650 cm-1 (top) collected in ~6 minutes; FASTspectra data (bottom) showing characteristic protein bands and lipid band at select locations (shown in red and blue, respectively)
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Network polymer degradation mechanisms using nanoIR spectroscopy


Dr. Suzanne Morsch
Dr. Suzanne Morsch
School of Materials
University of Manchester
Our speakers, Dr. Eoghan Dillon, Anasys Instruments, and Dr. Suzanne Morsch, School of Materials, University of Manchester, will discuss network polymer degradation mechanisms from case studies at University of Manchester using nanoscale IR spectroscopy.
Webinar topics
  • Analytical studies of network polymers from University of Manchester, including water damage, electrical stress and UV-induced aging
  • Latest advancements and featured applications of nanoIR spectroscopy
Applications: Polymers
10nm resolution chemical imaging tapping AFM-IR IR chemical image of a model paint sample cross section with UV damage showing Lactone absorbance (1640 cm-1) concentrated towards the paint surface (top), and Carboxylic acid concentration (1780 cm-1) absorbed deeper in the paint. Image is a ratio of the absorption peaks.
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Nano-bio-spectroscopy of nanodiamond toxicity: Case study in 2D and 3D liver models


Wojtek Chrzanowski
Prof. Wojciech Chrzanowski Dipesh Khanal
The University of Sydney
"The nanoIR allowed us to look at the interface at the nanoscale and see what really happens"
Our speakers, Kevin Kjoller, Anasys Instruments, and Wojtek Chrzanowski, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, will discuss pharmaceutical and life sciences applications of nanoscale IR spectroscopy.
Webinar topics
  • Pharmaceutical studies of biointerfaces from University of Sydney, including protein conformation changes as a result of nanodiamond toxicity
  • The new nanoIR2-FS™ with FASTspectra™ technolgoy, delivering high resolution, high speed nanoscale IR spectroscopy and chemical imaging
Application: Life sciences
Effect of nanodiamond on extracellular protein - Fibronectin  Effect of nanodiamond on extracellular protein - Fibronectin
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Latest advancements in nanoscale IR spectroscopy: Resolution, performance, and speed


Kevin Kjoller
Kevin Kjoller
VP of Product Development
Anasys Instruments
"FASTspectra provides high speed spectroscopy and extends the spectroscopic range of resonance enhanced AFM-IR"
The new Resonance Enhanced AFM-IR (REINS) mode measures thin samples sizes down to single monolayers at high spatial resolution. It delivers spectra data in seconds.
Webinar topics
  • FASTspectra™ technology
  • Extended range resonance enhanced source
  • Quantitative AFM-IR
  • Life science applications
  • Material sciences applications
Applications: Polymers, life sciences, materials
AFM-IR done on a reverse osmosis membrane shows the chemical heterogeneity and the variations of IR signal at different points on the sample.AFM-IR spectra collected on a reverse osmosis membrane shows the chemical heterogeneity and the variations of IR signal at different points on the sample.
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Nanoscale IR spectroscopy (AFM-IR): Achieving molecular understanding of polymer systems


GregMeyers
Dr. Greg Meyers
Core research and development
The Dow Chemical Company
"We find the AFM-IR to be a very powerful technology for characterizing structures at the nanoscale."
The webinar overviews how Dow Chemical is using the nanoIR2 to provide a deeper understanding at the molecular level of polymer systems to observe chemical contrasts in polymeric materials.
Webinar topics
  • AFM-IR technology and recent innovations
  • Special focus on AFM-IR application in polymer systems
  • Hybrid multi-layer polymer films
  • Review of AFM-IR spatial resolution
Applications: Polymeric films, blends, and membranes
AMF-IR of polymer interfaceHigh resolution AFM-IR images (left) identified sub-surface features and composition of polymers localized at the surface interface. Average profiling (right) is performed as a function of height or IR response with nanometer resolution.
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Nano-imaging and IR spectroscopy of novel quantum and photonic materials using s-SNOM and AFM-IR


MarkusRaschke-1
Dr. Markus Raschke
Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry, JILA, University of Colorado
"The capability of s-SNOM delivers high spatial imaging information with precision."
The webinar covers the developments in scattering near field optical microscopy (IR s-SNOM) and AFM-IR. This technology provides high spatial resolution, chemical/optical imaging on a broad range of samples, an enrich understanding of the heterogeneity of the sample, measurements of inter-molecular structure and coupling, and more.
Webinar topics
  • Developments in SNOM and AFM-IR on the nanoIR2-s
  • nanoIR and chemical imaging applied to a broad range of material types
  • Integration of nanomechanical and nanothermal imaging techniques
Applications: Quantum and photonic materials
Raschke Spatial Inhomogeneity These spatial heterogeneity images were used to see very fine structural variation properties and identify local strains, doping, and other impurities. The information was useful to better understand the role of heterogeneity and material properties.
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Nanoscale IR spectroscopy on single nanofibers


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Dr. John Rabolt
University of Delaware
Previous: Researcher at
IBM Almaden Research Center
"The AFM-IR allowed us to get the β-form to show up in the fibers for the first time."
Dr. Rabolt used the AFM-IR to explore the correlation between structure, processing, and chain orientation/crystallinity in single nanofibers and reveal concentration of crystalline and amorphous components of phase separated polymer blends.
Webinar topics
  • Recent innovations leading to monolayer sensitivity
  • Applications in materials and life sciences using AFM-IR
  • Special focus of AFM-IR on single nanofibers
    • Correlation between structure, processing and chain orientation/crystallinity
    • Different processing protocols that alter the concentration of the stable α-crystalline form and the metastable β-crystalline form
    • Existence of core-shell structure in single nanofibers
Applications: Nanofibers, life sciences, and polymers
Dr. Rabolt’s team observed the reproducibility of nanofibers and how properties of the nanofibers varied with diameter size for several batch samples.  They easily concluded, with the use of AFM-IR technology, that the narrower diameter fibers contained a higher concentration of β-structure. Dr. Rabolt’s team observed the reproducibility of nanofibers and how properties of the nanofibers varied with diameter size for several batch samples. They easily concluded, with the use of AFM-IR technology, that the narrower diameter fibers contained a higher concentration of β-structure.
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Nanoscale IR spectroscopy (AFM-IR) for life science applications


MarkusRaschke
Dr. Simone Ruggeri
Cambridge University
"nanoIR is a powerful tool because it can characterize the heterogeneity of a solution."
The webinar covers the developments in scattering near field optical microscopy (IR s-SNOM) and AFM-IR. This technology provides high spatial resolution, chemical/optical imaging on a broad range of samples, an enrich understanding of the heterogeneity of the sample, measurements of inter-molecular structure and coupling, and more.
Webinar topics
  • Developments in SNOM and AFM-IR on the nanoIR2-s
  • nanoIR and chemical imaging applied to a broad range of material types
  • Integration of nanomechanical and nanothermal imaging techniques
Applications: Proteins and life sciences
After incubation, the AFM-IR could monitor the protein conformational shift from its monomeric state with low β-sheet content to a misfolded state of increased β-sheet content and its shift towards the final amyloidic structure. After incubation, the AFM-IR could monitor the protein conformational shift from its monomeric state with low β-sheet content to a misfolded state of increased β-sheet content and its shift towards the final amyloidic structure.
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Polymer analysis and problem solving with nanoscale IR spectroscopy and related techniques


CurtisMarcott
Dr. Curtis Marcott
Senior Partner, Light Light Solutions
Previous: Technical fellow at
Proctor & Gamble
"We easily identified submicron layers by AFM-IR."
Dr. Marcott focuses on AFM-IR characterization of polymer blends, fiber composites, nanocomposites, multilayer polymer films, coatings, and drug/polymer formulations. This webinar goes over interpreting nanoscale interphase mixing of components for the production of films, blends, and composites. It also covers determining nanoscale contaminants and other process issues that may be encountered during production.
Webinar topics
  • Nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and complementary techniques
  • Applications in polymers
    • Materials development
    • Competitive analysis/reverse engineering
    • Defect/failure analysis
Application: Polymer composites, composites, and multilayer films
Marcott Polymer Analysis Mechanical mapping was done for the interface between a fiber and an epoxy. With the LCR frequency along the distance of the fiber, the gradient of stiffness was identified. It addressed the problem of interfacial stiffening.
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NIST research on perovskite solar cells using nanoscale IR spectroscopy (AFM-IR)


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Dr. Andrea Centrone
Project Leader
Energy Research Group – NIST
"The nanoIR is a powerful tool because it can characterize the heterogeneity of a solution."
Dr. Centrone at NIST applied AFM-IR to characterize organometal trihallide perovskites for photovoltaic production. His team used inorganic semiconductors with higher efficiency, materials with lower cost, and an easier fabrication process. They have seen unprecedented improvements in efficiency in recent years thanks to nanoIR.
Webinar topics
  • Applications of AFM-IR on a variety of materials and life science samples
  • Nanoscale IR spectroscopy for perovskite solar cell research
    • Direct evidence of ion electron migration
    • Mapping chemical composition and bandgap distribution
Applications: Perovskite solar cells, semiconductors, plasmonics
perovskite data Perovskite materials put between an anode and a cathode. When applying voltage over a period of time to a concentration of methylammonium ion, it was evident that the ion migrated and piled up against the cathode.
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nanoIR2-s: Combining s-SNOM and AFM-IR to provide complete nanoscale IR analysis


Prater
Dr. Craig Prater
Chief Technology Officer
Anasys Instruments
"Click anywhere on the AFM image for a nanoscale infrared absorption spectrum."
Anasys Instruments is proud to introduce its new platform, the nanoIR2-s, for nanoscale IR spectroscopy and imaging. It combines the complementary s-SNOM technique with our proprietary AFM-IR technique.
Webinar topics
  • New nanoIR2-s capability overview
  • s-SNOM innovations and applications
  • AFM-IR innovations and applications
Applications: Perovskite solar cells, semiconductors, perovskites
Perovskite Clusters of metals ions were observed forming at the surface of perovskites solar cells. An understanding at the nanoscale helps improve the performance and efficiency of the product.
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nanoIR2: Expanding nanoscale IR spectroscopy to a new world of applications


CurtisMarcott
Dr. Curtis Marcott
Senior Partner, Light Light Solutions
"AFM-IR gives clear spectra of lamellae that are only a couple nm thick."
Introducing the nanoIR2 with top-side illumination that enables measurements on a much wider range of samples. The spectra are interpretable and have good correlation to FT-IR.
Webinar topics
  • nanoIR2 technology
  • Applications in plasmonics, semiconductors and composites
  • Applications in polymers and life sciences
Applications: Plasmonics, semiconductors, composites, polymers, and life sciences
ExpandingNanoIRNewWorld-data2 The absorption spectrum obtained for natural rubber/nylon blend shows a clear phase separation between the chemical components.
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AFM based wideband nanomechanical spectroscopy based Lorentz Contact Resonance


DonnaHurley
Dr. Donna Hurley
NIST; Boulder, Colorado
"Contact resonance techniques works for a wide range of material types and stiffnesses."
The field of AFM based nanomechanical measurements via the technique of Contact Resonance Force Microscopy (CR-FM) has seen a recent resurgence in interest and research activity. This has been driven by many influential research groups, with one of the leading among them being Dr. Donna Hurley of NIST, Boulder.
Webinar topics
  • Introduction to CR-FM by Dr. Donna Hurley of NIST, Boulder
  • Description of the Lorentz Force Contact Resonance technique
  • Applications for temperature dependent nanomechanical spectroscopy
Applications: Polymers, nanocomposites, thin films, mechanical property measurements
DonnaHruley-AFM-IR-LCR-data The AFM-IR with the LCR technique provides maps of the storage and loss moduli, E and E” (viscoelastic properties), in a polypropylene and polystyrene matrix. Images at select drive frequencies can be used to highlight sample compositional differences.
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Research frontiers in AFM with heated probes


William King
Dr. William King
University of Illinois at Urbana
"We got new insights from the heated probe thermal analysis on the AFM-IR"
The webinar covers recent developments in thermal nanoprobes and a wide range applications of nano thermal analysis (nanoTA).
Webinar topics
  • Graphene Patterning via Thermal Lithography
  • Thermal deposition of polymers and nanoparticles
  • Simultaneous electrical and thermal measurements
  • Transition temperatures
Applications: Nanowires, polymers, thermal measurements (e.g. transition temperatures)
heated probe Ink transport modelling in dip-pen nanolithography through local hot spots. Data of ink deposits from the tip to the surface allows making a diffusion model to extract an activation energy of the sample. It was found that the energy barrier was significantly related to the ink dissolution to the meniscus from the data.
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