Facilities and Resources

The Aidala SPM Laboratory at Mount Holyoke College

Atomic Force Microscope: Infinity MFP 3D from Asylum Research

The AFM MFP-3D Infinity is an advanced atomic force microscope (AFM) system renowned for its cutting-edge capabilities in nanoscale imaging and characterization. The Aidala Lab specializes in AFM-based scanning probe techniques using the highly customizable Asylum Research Infinity MFP-3D Atomic Force Microscope. With its exceptional precision and versatile functionality, this instrument empowers researchers to delve into the intricacies of surface topography, mechanical properties, and electrical characteristics at the atomic level.

Our recent techniques include:

  • Piezo Force Microscopy (PFM)
  • Conductive AFM with Dual Gain ORCA
  • Contact and intermittent contact mode for topography
  • Kelvin probe force microscopy  (KPFM)
  • Magnetic Force Microscopy  (MFM) for Magnetic Nanostructures
  • Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM)
  • Force Mapping for Biofilms

Our array of accessories facilitates a wide spectrum of measurements, encompassing a variable magnetic field module capable of applying in-plane fields up to 2500 Oe, a high-temperature stage that reaches temperatures of 250°C within a controlled environment (suitable for dry nitrogen gas), a custom electrical holder featuring three leads within an enclosed setup, and a closed fluid stage.

The Arango Laboratory at Mount Holyoke College

The Arango Lab at Mount Holyoke College is a focal point for studying photovoltaic physics, boasting a custom-designed space with three integrated gloveboxes for solar cell fabrication and testing. This lab houses vital tools including a spin coater, plasma cleaner, thermal evaporator, and sputterer, enabling the in-house creation for many of our samples.

Conte Cleanroom at UMass Amherst

The Conte Nanotechnology Cleanroom Lab at UMass Amherst serves as a cutting-edge hub for a wide variety of nanofabrication processes, including e-beam and photolithography to deposition and etching techniques. This state-of-the-art facility facilitates groundbreaking research and innovation in nanotechnology, enabling advanced exploration at the molecular scale.