Atomic Force Microscopy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Centre for Global Dialogue

More than thirty years ago, Gerd Binnig, Christoph Gerber and Calvin Quate began developing a device that would enable us to see features smaller than one nanometer. That is less than 1/50,000 the diameter of a human hair and far smaller than any traditional microscope could manage. Since then, their atomic force microscope, or AFM, has become one of the most important tools for understanding the nanoscale world. Researchers have used it for different tasks as unfolding proteins, watching chemical reactions as they occur, and arranging atoms to probe their quantum properties.2016 Kavli Prize Laureates in Nanoscience

In 2016 Binning, Gerber and Quate were recognized with the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. Their breakthrough in measurement technology and nanosculpting continues to have a transformative impact on nanoscience and technology.

In honoring their breakthrough on their home ground, IBM Research, Swiss Re and The Kavli Prize will host a Symposium on 25 Sep 2017 in the Centre for Global Dialogue, Zurich, Switzerland. The Symposium is open for the public, but registration is necessary. For more information: