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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.

Tomoko Shimizu became Assistant Professorship at Keio University. She moved there on April 2018 to set up her own research group.
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

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: June 2018

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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