Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) is the enabling tool for nano(bio)technology, which has opened new vistas in many interdisciplinary research areas. Concomitant with the developments in SPM instrumentation and techniques are new and previously unthought-of opportunities in materials nanofabrication and characterisation. In particular, the developments in addressing and manipulating matter at the level of single atoms or molecules, and studies of biological materials (e.g. live cells, or cell membranes) result in new and exciting discoveries.The rising importance of SPM demands a concise treatment in the form of a book which is accessible to interdisciplinary practitioners. This book highlights recent advances in the field of SPM with sufficient depth and breadth to provide an intellectually stimulating overview of the current state of the art. The book is based on a set of carefully selected original works from renowned contributors on topics that range from atom technology, scanning tunneling spectroscopy of self-assembled nanostructures, SPM probe fabrication, scanning force microscopy applications in biology and materials science down to the single molecule level, novel scanning probe techniques, and nanolithography.The variety of topics underlines the strong interdisciplinary character of SPM related research and the combined expertise of the contributors gives us a unique opportunity to discuss possible future trends in SPM related research. This makes the book not merely a collection of already published material but an enlightening insight into cutting edge research and global SPM research trends.
Nanotip Technology for Scanning Probe Microscopy (M Rezeq & C Joachim); In-situ STM Studies of Molecular Self-Assembly on Surfaces (W Chen & A T S Wee); Ballistic Emission Microscopy on Hybrid Metal/Organic/Semiconductor Interfaces (C Troadec & K E J Goh); Force - Extension Behaviour of Single Polymer Chains by AFM (M I Giannotti et al.); Probing Human Disease States Using Atomic Force Microscopy (A Li & C T Lim); Conducting Atomic Force Microscopy in Liquids (N N Gosvami & S J O'Shea); Dynamic Force Microscopy in Liquid Media (W Hofbauer); Fabrication of Bio- and Nano-Patterns by Dip-Pen Nanolithography (Q-Y He et al.); Atomic Force Microscopy Based Nanooxidation (X N Xie et al.); Nanolithography of Organic Films Using Scanning Probe Microscopy (S Jegadesan et al.).