Facilities and Resources

The Aidala Lab specializes in AFM-based scanning probe techniques using the highly customizable Asylum Research MFP-3D AFM.  Techniques available include

  • Contact and intermittent contact mode for topography
  • Magnetic Force Microscopy  (MFM)
  • Kelvin probe force microscopy  (KPFM)
  • Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM)
  • Force curves, to measure adhesion and stiffness (and more)

We have a range of accessories enabling a range of measurements, including a variable magnetic field module to apply in-plane fields up to 2500 Oe, a high temperature stage that heats up to 250 C in a closed environment (e.g. for dry nitrogen gas),  a custom designed electrical holder with three leads in an enclosed environment, and a closed fluid stage.

Arango Lab glove box setup

The Arango Lab at Mount Holyoke College studies the physics of photovoltaics.   The custom designed lab has three integrated gloveboxes enabling the fabrication and testing of solar cells, including a spin coater, plasma cleaner, thermal evaporator, and sputterer.  We make many of our samples in this lab.

The Conte Nanotechnology Cleanroom Lab at UMass Amherst supports a wide variety of nanofabrication process, from e-beam and photolithography to deposition and etching techniques.