Asylum Research and Covalent Metrology Collaborate to Promote Industrial Applications of Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy
“Asylum Research has been providing cutting edge AFM instruments for over 20 years. We are extremely excited to partner with them to proselytize the value of these advanced AFM techniques. And we are particularly excited to be the first analytical services company offering advanced AFM on biological samples.”
CEO, Covalent Metrology
May 13, 2020 – Santa Barbara, CA and Sunnyvale, CA /PRNewswire. Oxford Instruments Asylum Research and Covalent Metrology announced today that the two companies have signed a joint collaboration aimed at further developing and promoting commercial applications for several advanced modes of atomic force microscopy (AFM).
Oxford Instruments Asylum Research designs and manufactures state-of-the-art AFMs for both academic and industrial applications. Scientists at Asylum Research have been on the forefront of leading AFM applications in biology and materials science and have developed a number of unique nanoelectrical and nanomechanical characterization techniques. Advanced modes of AFM can contribute significant understanding of materials and devices being developed by engineers across a range of industries.
Covalent Metrology is a rapidly growing metrology and characterization company that delivers analytical services with a diverse platform. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and offers a range of sample measurements services alongside consulting solutions that empower customers to solve challenging technical problems across the United States.
The collaboration will focus on nanoelectrical and nanomechanical characterization of materials with an emphasis on the following areas:
- Structural and nanomechanical measurements on biological samples including cells, proteins, bacteria, DNA, RNA, lipids.
- Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) — functional measurements of electromechanical coupling of ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials
- Conductive AFM (CAFM) — nanoscale current measurements and conductivity measurements
- Scanning Capacitance Microscopy (SCM) — dopant profiling capacitance vs. voltage measurements, impedence mapping
- Stiffness / modulus mapping in the kPa to GPa regime
- Viscoelastic mapping including loss tangent on polymers
- Indentation measurements on thin films and soft samples
“AFM is such a powerful technique for understanding a range of materials characteristics and devices. We are pleased to partner with Covalent, a dynamic analytical service lab, to continue to expand the range of AFM applications into the industrial market segment,” stated Andrew Masters, Global VP of Sales and Marketing at Oxford Instruments Asylum Research.
Craig Hunter, CEO of Covalent, stated, “Asylum Research has been providing cutting edge AFM instruments for over 20 years. We are extremely excited to partner with them to proselytize the value of these advanced AFM techniques. And we are particularly excited to be the first analytical services company offering advanced AFM on biological samples.”
Covalent Metrology is a disruptive analytical services laboratory and platform based in Sunnyvale, California. Its mission is to help companies who use advanced materials to get better data and insights more easily and affordably to facilitate faster development and production. Covalent is dramatically changing the characterization and imaging landscape by combining transparent pricing, data platforms, and top-notch customer service with world-class scientists, state-of-art tools, and strategic partnerships.
Covalent now has over 500 customers in 20+ industries.