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    The NIMS’s Nanomechanics Group focuses its research activities on studying technologically relevant materials from an atomistic perspective using scanning probe microscopy (SPM).

    To this end, we apply advanced SPM techniques based on simultaneous scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) operated with atomic resolution. Some of these tools include atom and molecular manipulation, three-dimensional force spectroscopy / scanning tunneling spectroscopy, and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy, among others.

For the simultaneous detection of tunneling currents and inter-atomic forces, we use both conductive cantilevers as well as novel AFM sensors based on piezo electric detection.

Ms. Alba Payes, from Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) will visit us from March to July 2016, and January to March 2017.

We have published a new paper in Nature Communications

We have published a new paper in Nano Letters. This paper was highlighted in the “Editors’ Choice of Science EditorsChoice.pdf

Oscar has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science of Osaka University

Ms. Janina Ladenthin, from the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society (Germany), will join the group as Internship PhD Student, from September to December 2015

Mr. Filip Rozboril has joined the group as Internship PhD Student from Charles University (Czech Republic). He will stay with us from February 2015 to January 2016

Oscar is now also member of the Thermal Energy Conversion Materials Laboratory of the NIMS Open Innovation Center (NOIC)

Tomoko got a PRESTO grant! Congratulations!

We organized the NC-AFM 2014 conference.

Check out this video of kids manipulating 
       atoms using AFM in our lab.

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Last update: April 2016

Nanomechanics Group / Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization

National Institute for Materials Science

Sengen Site / Interface Science Laboratories

Sengen 1-2-1, 305-0047 Tsukuba, Japan

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