Abu Dhabi scientists have developed a new 3D atomic force microscope
ABU DHABI: Scientists in the United Arab Emirates have created atomic force microscope sensors adapted from 3D technology that can show objects at the micro and nano scale in a very clear way.
Dr. Muhammad Qaseema, a scientist at New York University in Abu Dhabi, and his colleagues have developed a completely new atomic force microscopy (AFM) sensor called 3D TIPS, which stands for 3D Fabrication. are formed from a single phase and are considered state-of-the-art AFMs.
Compared to conventional optical microscopes, AFM shows an object 1000 times clearer. It is also used to look at cells, DNA and proteins, including in medicine, manufacturing, and we can see them directly in real time.
Silicon plays an important role in conventional AFMs, while they have a two-dimensional design and many steps are involved in their manufacture. But testing soft tissue, such as animal or human cells, is difficult with conventional technology.
However, by its own design and manufacture, 3D TIPs can examine DNA, protein, and all types of cells and show us their levels. On the other hand, the scanning process also becomes 100 times faster. This means that high quality images can be obtained very quickly.