May 2, 2015

ORNL researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument

(May 2, 2015)  The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000 times greater than that of an optical microscope. That makes AFM the premier tool for analyzing physical features, but it cannot tell scientists anything about chemistry. For that they turn to the mass spectrometer (MS).

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