Atomic Force Microscopy of Fibers

Advantages of AFM for Advanced Textiles and Nanofibers

An atomic force microscope (AFM) can image and measure properties on the surfaces or coatings of large fibers. For innovative applications using advanced textiles with nanofibers, nanoparticles or nanocomposites, visual characterization requires measurements on the nanometer scale.

AFM dynamic mode image of advanced textile fiber coated with nanoparticles ; Image size 5 micron

AFM dynamic mode 5 micron image of advanced textile fiber coated with nanoparticles 

Because scan sizes range from nanometers to tens of microns, an AFM is well-suited for these dimensions. AFM can be used to investigate a variety of surface treatments for nano textiles. 

AFM image of nanofibers

AFM image of nanofibers

Many applications now incorporate nanofibers for improved product performance, with potential benefits including:

  • Acoustic Absorption
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Medical Scaffolding
  • Filtration
  • Catalysis
  • Energy Storage
  • Performance Apparel

The atomic force microscope is a perfect fit for imaging and measuring dimensions on the nanoscale. 

Benefits of the Nano-Observe AFM for Fiber Imaging 

The Nano-Observer AFM is a versatile AFM, capable of imaging in air or liquid. In addition to imaging, the Nano-Observer AFM can provide material properties using force spectroscopy for adhesion or stiffness information.

Nano-Observer AFM

Nano-Observer AFM for fiber analysis on the nanometer scale

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