PiFM was developed by Molecular Vista and adds the analytical power of vibrational spectroscopy to the sophisticated topographical information of atomic force microscopy (AFM). PiFM adds direct chemical mapping through the molecular specificity of infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Its spatial resolution is ~5 nm.

It is not currently available or accessible to UK researchers but the approach has the potential to advance our understanding in every field in which an interface plays a role from polymers to biofilms and from biomineralization to catalysts.

For more information about the capabilities of the technique go to Molecular Vista’s web site.

Multidisciplinary in nature, PiFM offers a new insight into many fields and a consortium of researchers at Cardiff University are applying to EPSRC to acquire a PiFM system for the UK. We will create a facility that is accessible to the whole community. If you are interested in working with us please contact Professor Phil Davies (daviespr@cardiff.ac.uk)