Scanning probes

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Electrostatic forces, potentials and charges play a key role in determining the structure and function of proteins, DNA and larger
The recent advent of high-resolution imaging and force spectroscopy using atomic force microscopy (AFM) in aqueous and organic sol
  Nanopatterning techniques are crucial to realising the potential of nanoscience and nanotechnology in areas spanning from nanome
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Scientists at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Liverpool University have used a combination of nanoscale techniques to und

Yuri Korchev

Prof Yuri Korchev research interests include SICM for reliable imaging of living cells, alone and in combination with fluorescence microscopy and patch clamp for functional imaging, and the use of SCIM for scanning near field optical microscopy. In cellular biology, he researches the role of mechano-sensitivity in cells and in action of hormones in regulation of ion channels; the mapping of the distribution of single functional channels in living cells. In the field of biosensors, he is interested in the use of nanopipettes as biosensors.

Lesley Cohen

Professor Lesley Cohen's  interests include the study of magnetic materials (for solid state magnetic cooling using magnetocalorics) and highly spin polarised magnetic materials (for spintronics and long range spin triplet superconductivity) as well as an interest in transport properties of high mobility materials such as narrow gap semiconductors and graphene, superconductors (in particular gap structure and vortex pinning), and Raman spectroscopy (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy as a tool to understand Fuel Cell materials).

Geoff Thornton

Prof Thornton's research focusses on structure/property relations of metal oxide surfaces and nanostructures, particularly of TiO2, with a shift in emphasis towards solid/liquid interfaces relevant to light harvesting applications. Scanning probe, laser and related instruments are employed, as well as synchrotron radiation and laser facilities at Harwell Lab.


Steven Schofield

Dr Schofield's main research interests are in the investigation and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale for fundamental science and for the development of new strategies for constructing devices that exploit quantum properties. He is pursuing these goals through the creation and manipulation of quantum states on surfaces both by the direct manipulation of the intrinsic states at surfaces, and through the molecular functionalization of surfaces using organic molecules.