AFM-IR Webinar – 18th June 2015

AFM-IR is a breakthrough technique for simultaneous morphological and chemical characterisation at the nanoscale. It offers over 100x improvement in spatial resolution, compared to traditional FT-IR and Raman microscopy.

A 1 hour webinar entitled “Nanoscale IR Spectroscopy for Polymers and Life Sciences” will be hosted by our partners Anasys Instruments on Thursday 18th June at 3pm BST.

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AFM-IR Webinar

This webinar will discuss AFM-IR technology and its applications across a diverse range of materials, including performance plastics, nano-fibres and a biological materials, including amyloid fibrils and sub-cellular composition.

The webinar will also feature special guest Prof Stuart Lyon of the University of Manchester. He will discuss the insights that AFM-IR provides in the field of polymer coating degradation via water uptake. His group’s recent publication discussed how AFM-IR lead to finding direct evidence supporting a model of hydrophilic nanoscale domains as a source of breakdown in epoxy-phenolic anti-corrosion coatings. More information about the paper.


  • Prof. Stuart Lyon, Akzo Nobel Professor of Corrosion Control, University of Manchester
  • Dr. Suzanne Morsch, University of Manchester
  • Kevin Kjoller, Anasys Instruments Co-founder / VP

Webinar Registration

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AFM-IR study of water update into organic coatings for corrosion control

2-mm x 2-mm AFM-IR images of the (a) topography, (b) IR absorption ratio showing bulk-like water distribution, (c) IR absorption ratio showing bound water distribution, and (d) ratio of bound/bulk-like water distribution. The polymer sample is a 500-nm-thick epoxy-phenolic coating on a polished mild steel substrate.


Polymer Degradation Analysis

AFM-IR absorption spectra (left) and AFM image (right) near a crack in polyurethane tubing. AFM-IR spectra reveal nanoscale chemical insights into this material failure.