Scanning  probe  microscopy  is  a  primary  characterization  tool  for  nanoscale  systems,  enabling  real space  imaging  of  materials’  topological,  electrical,  optical,  magnetic,  and  mechanical  properties  at critical  length  scales.  In  turn,  these  properties  often  define  the  functionality  of  the  materials  as building  block  components  for applications ranging energy harvesting and storage to life sciences. The further understanding of how physical and chemical processes, as well as interfaces, can affect the properties of these materials requires the development of new scanning probe techniques. Further, the implementation of existing methods combined with spectroscopic ones are urgently sought to probe the mesoscale behavior of materials for developing game-changing devices for renewable energy. Emphasis will be given to in situ studies of materials through SPM, and their transient behavior – probed by time dependent measurements.

This  symposium  will  provide  a  lively  forum  of  discussion  about  the  most  recent  advancements  in  SPM toward  the  functional  characterization  of  materials,  including  new  spectroscopic  techniques  and time- resolved  imaging  methods.

Symposium Topics

  • SPM for  temporal  characterization
  • SPM applications  in  energy  harvesting  and  storage  devices
  • SPM applications  in  polymers,  biophysics,  medicine
  • Advances in  cantilever  and  probe  design
  • Measurements in  liquid  and  other  controlled  environment
  • Light- matter interactions  through  SPM,  including  NSOM
  • Spectroscopy with  high  spatial  resolution
  • Instrumentation for  new  SPM  methods
  • Mapping of  physical  and  chemical  processes
  • Advanced data  analytics  for  SPM

Invited Speakers

Monica Cotta (Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil), Ricardo Garcia (nstituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Spain), Mark Hersam (Northwestern University, USA), Jeremy Munday (University of Maryland, USA), Angus Rockett (UIUC, USA).