Scanning Probe Microscopy Laboratory
The SPM Lab offers 2.300 hours yearly of SPM related experiments to people inside and outside the ICMAB, without including maintenance, development of new equipment, setups, calibration and implementation of new modes.
The ICMAB groups who use the service are:
Superconducting Materials & Large Scale
Nanostructured Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL)
Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures
Surfaces and Nanomaterials
These groups make up 65% of the work done by the service. To a lesser extent, the service is also used by the following groups Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites, Inorganic Materials and Catalysis and Optoelectronic Nanostructured Materials. Besides ICMAB groups, service groups performs measurements of the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (Micro & Nano Tools group, Integrated Circuits and Systems (ICAS), Department of Micro i Nanosistemes. Grup Biosensors & BioMEMs) groups the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Sensors and Biosensors Group, Department of Chemistry, Reliability of electronic devices and circuits) as well as to outside companies such as Henkel (Chemical sector) or Kostal (automotive sector). In total, more than 60 different users ICMAB and 13 have used the SPM external service over the past two years.
Training personnel (mainly PhD) in the AFM technique is another part of the tasks done at the lab.
Dr. Rosa Palacín
Dr. Ángel Pérez
Dr. Elies Molins
Dr. Teresa Puig.
Dr. Jaume Veciana
Dr. Carmen Ocal
Dr. Josep Fontcuberta