The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham a major research instrumentation grant of $314,912 to acquire an atomic force microscope for interdisciplinary materials research and education.
Maksim Somat, a graduate student in the chemistry department, operates the atomic force microscope to perform measurements needed by clients.
"The microscope plays a vital role in student education in the fields of chemistry, materials science, biomedical science and biomedical engineering," said Eugenia Kharlampieva, PhD, professor at UAB College of Arts and Sciences and co-director for the UAB Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration.
An atomic force microscope combines the capabilities for high-resolution and high-speed imaging with quantitative nano-electrical and nanomechanical mapping. The resulting imaging empowers research for the development of new materials in tissue regenerative therapies, controlled drug delivery, molecular sensing and related biotechnologies.
Veronika Kozlovskaya, PhD, Eugenia Kharlampieva, PhD, and graduate student Maksim Somat are the team members contributing to the work with the atomic force microscope.
Multidisciplinary educational efforts from the UAB Departments of Chemistry, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering will benefit from the new microscope.