Basics of scanning probe microscopy in liquid: principles and applications to biological and electrochemical measurements Graduate School

Monday 25 March 2024

The school is aimed primarily at graduate students and scientists wishing to learn about scanning probe microscopy techniques in solution. It is aimed as a lecture-based introduction complemented by a hands-on workshop.



You can select the Graduate School ticket, an additional cost of £45, when registering for the AFM & SPM 2024 Meeting.

Spaces for the schools are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the event organiser Katie Reynolds.


Provisional Graduate School Programme

09:00-09:35 Arrival & Badge Collection
09:35 - 09:40 Welcome
09:40 - 10:20 Lecture 1
The New Era of High Throughput Electrochemical Multimicroscopy
Patrick Unwin, University of Warwick
10:20 - 11:00 Lecture 2
Applications of AFM for biology
Tomaso Zambelli, EPFZ
11:00-11:20 Break
11:20-12:00 Lecture 3
Atomic force microscopy: principles, high-spatial resolution imaging and nanomechanical mapping
Ricardo Garcia, CSIC Madrid
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:35 Practical introduction to different commercial SPM systems
Application presentations for companies running the ‘hands on’ equipment: Bruker, Oxford Instruments, Park Systems, Nanosurf and ICAPPIC Limited
13:40 - 15:00 Hands on session and training on different systems
Demos and hands on practical training in 5 groups rotating between the stations set up by the sponsors
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:15 Lecture 4
Statistical Inference and Data Analysis for SPM
Andrew Iskauskas, Durham University
16:00-16:30 Introduction of the RMS website as a networking tool
17:00 Tour of Durham (optional no sign up required)



Morning lectures to include:

Basics of SPM with emphasis on AFM. Theory and example of applications - Professor Ricardo Garcia (University of Madrid)

Nano-manipulations of cells using fluid-FM - Professor Tomaso Zambelli (ETHZ)

Electrochemical measurements using scanning ion conductance microscopy - Professor Patrick Unwin (University of Warwick)

Followed by lunch.

Afternoon practical workshop and example classes:

Demonstrations and hands on practice of AFM and SICM (equipment kindly provided by sponsors)

Extracting statistically meaningful results from SPM data (worked examples by Dr. Andrew Iskauskas, Durham University)


The school will also offer opportunities for networking over coffee breaks throughout the day and career development tools.