Imaging Services

Molecular Vista offers Photo-induced Force Microscopy (PiFM) imaging services.

We work with many high-end industrial clients and scholars, where PiFM provides the ability to resolve nanocomposites and highlight their constituents with <10 nm spatial resolution. For homogenous samples that are simply too small for traditional FTIR or ATR-FTIR techniques, PiFM provides the ability to identify spectrally the class of material. Spectra taken with PiFM can be used in any FTIR library search software.

Key features:

  • Nanoscale chemical mapping with <10 nm spatial resolution to identify mixtures of disparate components through IR signatures 
  • IR spectroscopy with monolayer sensitivity as fast as 0.1 seconds per IR spectrum
  • Additional imaging modes of all-purpose AFM include confocal Raman, Kelvin probe,
    fluorescence, photoluminescence, magnetic force
  • Applications in a broad range of materials including semiconductor, solar, plasmonics,
    organics, inorganics, and biologicals

Past studies have included:

  • Failure analysis
  • Unknown contamination and/or chemical identification
  • Process evaluation

Due to the sensitivity of many industrial samples, confidentiality is paramount.

For more information, please contact us.

  • email:
    (408) 915-2595

    6840 Via Del Oro
    Suite 110
    San Jose, CA 95119

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