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SPM nanobioscience techniques (AFM, STM)


  • Scanning probe microscopy (AFM, STM, LFM, MFM, EFM, C-AFM, TUNA)
  • Force spectroscopy (nanomechanical properties)

Range of services

  • Topographic analysis with atomic resolution
  • Measurement of nanomechanical properties
  • Measurement of physical properties: conductivity (C-AFM/TUNA), magnetic domains (MFM) and surface charges (EFM)
  • Measurement of compositional contrast: measurement of quantitative phase and friction (LFM)
  • Measurement of surface roughness on a sub-nanometric scale
  • Biological sample analysis at a nano level
  • Training courses for users
  • Scientific study of biological samples


Examples of application

  • Topography of biological samples
  • 3D topography of implants
  • Analysis of mechanical properties of cosmetic products
  • Study of DNA, protein interaction, membranes, etc.
  • Monitoring nanoparticle sizes


  • Atomic force microscopes (AFM):
  • Asylum Research MFP-3D
  • Bruker Extended Multimode with Nanoscope IIIA controller electronics
  • Bruker Multimode 8 with Nanoscope V controller electronics
  • Bruker Dimension 3100 with Nanoscope IV controller electronics
  • Molecular Imaging Pico SPM scanning tunnelling microscope (STM)
Dr. Jordi Díaz Marcos
Contact person
934 020 593/934 034 754
Access Procedures

Any person applying for the first time for any services by CCiTUB must enter as a new user. For this purpose it is necessary to fill in an application form which can be downloaded from The form must be sent to

Assurance of quality

ISO 9001:2008. The CCiTUB have well-established a system of management of the quality based on the ISO norm 9001, which also satisfies the Good Manufacturing Practice requirements (GMP).


Recognition by the Food and Drug Administration as a contract laboratory to perform drug tests.

Acknowledged laboratory Register of Agroalimentary Laboratories of Catalonia.