MSSI Research Leads To Exciting New Capabilities In Atomic Force Microscopy
Research by MSSI Member, Dr Tofail Syed and his team, has led to the University receiving one of Europe’s most powerful microscopes supported by NT-MDT, a world-leading manufacturer of atomic force based microscopes (AFM). NT-MDT recently installed a unique Atomic Force Microscope with RAMAN, TERS, and SNOM capabilities (NTEGRA Spectra). This is a unique instrument that combines AFM with spectroscopy analysis and confocal microscopy techniques to provide scientists with an ultimate tool for their research. Only a few manufacturers in the world have the capability of providing an integrated AFM of this kind with such versatile capabilities. This equipment from NT-MDT was funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
Dr Syed explains: “This hybrid unique AFM is a trend setter in bringing together the AFM’s ability to see very small things, typically thousands of times smaller than hair, while at the same time seeing the chemistry of the various physical and biological samples at that small size. The AFM is an important addition to UL’s world leading expertise in the field of chemical nanoscopy and will significantly boost our ongoing research on early-stage diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and various types of cancers. It will serve well the needs of both academia and industry. Only a few manufacturers in the world have the capability of providing an integrated AFM of this kind with such versatile capabilities.”
Denis Stoiakine, CEO NT-MDT Ireland, commented: “NT-MDT is uniquely placed to support this project. We are based in The National Technological Park next to The University of Limerick and for the past 10 years have had several European and local projects together with the University and MSSI as well as employing numerous UL graduates in our R&D department. We have also supported UL by providing a training facility for co-op students in the past. The latest device (NTEGRA Spectra) currently is installed in our laboratory which UL’s scientists will use until the new MSSI building is completed.”