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Bruker MultiMode 8-HR
Bruker Nano

The MultiMode 8-HR is a high resolution AFM for small samples, building on the success of Bruker’s MultiMode® platform, with superior resolution, performance and unparalleled versatility and productivity. The MultiMode 8-HR provides significantly improved imaging speed, resolution and nanomechanical performance, with higher speed PeakForce Tapping®, enhanced PeakForce QNM®, new FastForce Volume and exclusive Bruker probe technology.



Easy to achieve high quality results.

Extendable platform

Wide choice of modes.

Fast scanning

With no compromise in quality.


Image in air and fluid, and a variety of temperatures.

At the leading edge of AFM

More research has been published using Bruker MultiMode AFM systems than any other model.


  • Highest Resolution Imaging
    High-resolution images every time with PeakForce Tapping. Image individual atomic features. 6x faster imaging in air than most conventional AFMs, with no compromise in performance.
  • Complete Quantitative Nanoscale Data
    Routine, quantifiable, nanoscale electrical and mechanical property mapping. Undertake visco-elastic studies on the widest frequency range available today, and employ the largest range of nanoelectrical techniques.
  • Easy to Achieve Expert Results
    Users of all experience levels can acquire expert-level results with ScanAsyst® image optimisation software.
  • Unlimited Potential— Fully Flexible Open Access
    Access AFM functions easily and directly with NanoScope® Open Access Toolbox. Use a wide range of unique modes – or invent your own!

“Thanks to PeakForce QNM, we were able to rapidly obtain pertinent information on the mechanical properties of very soft and sticky polymer materials, such as bioadhesives or adaptive hydrogels, that other classical SPM techniques were not able to provide.”
Philipe Leclère et al, University of Mons (UMONS) Belgium



Materials science and polymers

Material and Polymer Science

Bruker atomic force microscopes are widely used in material and polymer science. AFM is particularly suitable for investigating the nanoscale properties of nanocomposite materials. Bruker’s unique PeakForce QNM mode delivers fast, high-resolution mapping of nanomechanical properties including modulus over a wide range (kPa to GPa). Most Bruker AFMs are available with high temperature heating and cooling options, which can be used to investigate polymer phase transitions, as well as many other applications. A wide range of techniques is available, including thermal analysis, electrical property mapping (current and capacitance), and nanoindentation.

Example: Measuring adhesion in 2D materials

 AFM for electrochemistry


A wide range of accessories are available for electrochemical AFM and STM measurements at the nanoscale. These are useful for applications including corrosion, electroplating and battery research. Gloveboxes are available for advanced lithium ion battery research, with sub-ppm control of water and oxygen while utilising the full range of AFM capabilities.

 AFM for biological research

Biological Research

Biological AFM applications include molecular biology, cell biology, mechanobiology, biomaterials and biophysics. All Bruker AFMs can be operated in liquids and many are available with perfusion and heating options. ScanAsyst mode is ideal for biological samples, eliminating the complicated step of “tuning” the cantilever resonance. It also enables stable imaging, immune to set-point drift, with direct control of the tip-sample imaging force and automatically optimised imaging parameters.

 AFM for nanomechanical and nanoelectrical research

Quantitative NanoMechanical and NanoElectrical

Unique PeakForce QNM mode enables fast, high-resolution mapping of nanomechanical properties, including modulus, over a wide range (kPa to GPa). Dedicated application modules enable various electrical measurements, including current mapping (conductive AFM), low current mapping (“Tunneling AFM”, TUNA), and wide range current measurements (Scanning Spreading Resistance, SSRM). The revolutionary PeakForce TUNA mode (exclusive to Bruker) combines the superior force control and nanomechanical property mapping of PeakForce QNM with the high current sensitivity of TUNA. New higher resolution, higher sensitivity surface potential mapping is now also possible.



More AFM research has been published using Bruker MultiMode AFM systems than any other model. Its continued presence at the leading edge of AFM research is due to features that incorporate the latest technology advances:

Fast Scanning

  • New high speed ScanAsyst-HR for faster scanning.
  • 20X faster survey scan rates and up to 6X faster scans with no loss of resolution, with high speed ScanAsyst-HR.

Highly Versatile

  • Imaging in both air and fluid.
  • Heating to 250°C and cooling to -35°C with temperature control accessories.
  • Wide choice of standard operating modes and many unique capabilities, to characterise everything from mechanical to electrical properties.

Easy to Achieve High Quality Results

  • Automatic image optimisation and continual adjustment of scan rate, set-point and gain, to obtain the highest quality image and faster, more consistent results.
  • Easy imaging in fluid, with no need for cantilever tuning. The tip-sample interaction force is continuously monitored by ScanAsyst, eliminating set-point drift.

Powerful, Unique Quantitative Imaging Modes

  • PeakForce QNM – Direct nanomechanical property mapping, including elastic modulus, adhesion and dissipation, at high resolution and normal scan rates.
  • NEW Ringing Mode – Enhanced surface adhesion property mapping, with 8 new quantitative compositional imaging channels. Details here…
  • PeakForce TUNA™ – Quantitative conductivity mapping on delicate samples that can’t be imaged with conventional conductive AFM.


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