Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) is one of the major tools responsible for the emergence of Nanotechnology. For the last years, we have witnessed a further proliferation of SPM in many areas of research: SPM helps solving various materials challenges in the fields of energy harvesting, semiconductor processing, sensors, self-assembly, biotechnology, and life sciences. Also, medical applications are on the horizon. The number of advanced SPM techniques that become commercially available these days keeps growing extremely fast. Many recent results are exciting and generally accepted but some are treated as controversial yet.
The main objective of this symposium is to gather leading SPM researchers to discuss the potential of novel SPM techniques, and to promote and discuss existing SPM methods applied to solve new problems. To attain this objective, a broad discussion of experts in different areas of material sciences and engineering, biophysics, condensed matter, and instrumentation development is needed. It is expected that the interdisciplinary nature of this symposium will attract strong participation from both academia and industry in the multidisciplinary environment of MRS meetings.
The series of symposiums on SPM techniques organized within the framework of the MRS over the last decade has been extremely successful in bringing together international leaders in both academia and industry, and attracting great interest of young researchers and students.