The invention of microfabricated cantilevers by Quate et al. was essential for the success of atomic force microscopy (AFM). Innovation in AFM technology still goes hand in hand with the development of new cantilever technology. This is particularly true for the field of high-speed AFM, where small cantilevers were essential for improving the imaging speed. In our work we explore new approaches to improve the speed and usability of AFM through the development of custom cantilevers.
GEORG E. FANTNER received his PhD degree from UC Santa Barbara in 2006. After a Postdoc in the biomolecular materials lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne as assistant professor in 2010. Now, as associate professor, he leads the laboratory for bio- and nano-instrumentation in the institute for bioengineering. His research focusses on the development of new technologies to measure and manipulate nanoscale structures in general, and the development of atomic force microscopy instrumentation in particular. His recent work focusses on new modes for high-speed AFM imaging of molecular processes, as well as long-term time lapse imaging of cellular processes. Prof. Fantner hold several patents in the field of nanotechnology and is the co-founder of two nanotechnology companies.