Fall 2010 IAB
September 15 to 17

Miquel Salmeron, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Division Director

Manipulation of Matter at the Nanometer Scale: The Imaging Revolution

One of the most important and enabling advances in the field of nanotechnology is the development of Scanning Probe Microscopes. The capabilities of these instruments, for imaging solids, soft matter and liquids are beyond the wildest expectations of the inventors and first practitioners of the field. Surface chemistry at the single molecule level, manipulation of atoms and molecules by excitation of particular vibration and electronic modes is now a reality that opens the way for exquisite control of mater. Among the applications to be discussed are: imaging of nanometer size liquid films and droplets, friction and adhesion phenomena, electrical properties of organic layers for molecular electronic applications, etc.