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Atomic Force Microscopy
Transcript of Atomic Force Microscopy
Xuan Yao Zhang
Atomic Force Microscopy
What is Atomic Force Microscopy?
How Exactly Does AFM Work?
Practical Applications of AFM
Limitations of AFM Use
Mapping the surface of a cell
Measuring the mechanical properties of a microscopic material
Imaging of small, individual molecules
Testing the mechanical function and response of cellular components
1. only for SMALL sample size
It is not particle to measure a sample larger than 100 um
To get an idea, evenly divide 1 mm into 10 parts, and you will get 100 um
2. It take times to measure, why?
The measurement scale is too small.
3. It does not truly show the surface;
it shows the representation instead.
AFM can't show the step change of the depth.
4. Sample preparation
1. Samples need to be solid or semisolid: such as gels.
2. Sample need to attach to a supported plate.
Living cells are not good samples. Their contact surface is too small, so it is very easy to get swept away by the AFM probe.
Atomic Force Microscopy is a type of microscopy used for measuring forces and displacements on both molecular and cellular scales .
A tapered probe is attached to a cantilever arm.
When the probe interacts with the sample, the arm is deflected
This displacement is measured
by a laser, and converted into a readable signal 
Why Atomic Force Microscopy?
Atomic Force Microscopy allows us to
measure the properties of cells, which is really important for biomedical research!
The force required to change the shape of the cell can be calculated by looking at how far the AFM cantilever moves from its resting position .
The surface of a cell can be mapped by running the cantilever over the entire surface of the cell. The change in cantilever position can be used to generate a surface image .
The charges generated by individual atoms in a molecule can be enough to deform the cantilever tip of an AFM machine. These displacements can be used to map the structure of a single molecule, such as the pentacene above .
A well known cellular interaction is the biotin-avidin interaction. When applying the force of an AFM machine to individual biotin molecules, the small force needed to initiate a biotin-avidin reaction can be measured .
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