Summer School 2014

XXI International Summer School “Nicolás Cabrera”


14-18 July 2014
Residencia La Cristalera, Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid


Rubén Pérez
Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
José María Gómez-Rodríguez
Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid



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Telephone: 91 497 4689 Fax: +34 91 497 3961




Since its invention in 1986, Force Microscopy has become a fundamental tool for studying materials properties at the atomic scale. Due to its high spatial resolution and its ability to manipulate atomic objects, it has contributed in a great extent to the development of Nanoscience and to the study of biological processes. In the last few years, new dynamic force microscopy techniques have achieved atomic or molecular resolution in a broad range of materials from magnetic systems in ultra-high vacuum to proteins and DNA in vitro.

These techniques are able to provide atomic-scale information on both the structure and the mechanical and electrical properties of these material, including subtle changes in charge distribution associated to interatomic bonding, with an unprecented detail. Among the recent examples, AFM has made it possible to visualize in real space, for the first time, different chemical bonds, including strong covalent intramolecular ones, hydrogen bonding and metal coordination bonds; and to obtain the structure of a molecule with potential clinical applications where traditional chemistry techniques have failed.

The goal of the Summer School is to provide a comprehensive view of the most recent experimental advances in force microscopy, from cryogenic and ultra-high vacuum environments to the physiological conditions necessary for the study of biological materials, as well as on the latest theoretical developments towards the interpretation of these experiments. With that purpose, we have invited the world scientific leaders in the field of force microscopy.



• New advances in experimental scanning force microscopy
• Single molecule applications in liquids: DNA packing, virus assembly, etc…
• High resolution imaging with scanning force microscopy under UHV or liquids
• Simultaneous scanning force/scanning tunneling microscopy
• Theory in scanning force microscopy


Click here to  download (pdf file) the book of abstracts.

Click here to download the programme and timetable.

Click on the name of each speaker to download his talk (pdf file).
The contents of the talks should not be used without author permission.

Michael Crommie
Synthesis at the Single Molecule Level: Manipulation and Reaction
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Physics
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Materials Sciences División
Óscar Custance
Atom manipulation, single-atom chemical identification and sub-molecular resolution by silicon-cantilever based AFM
Atomic Force Probe Group
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Tsukuba, Japan
Adam Foster
Simulating Atomic Force Microscopy: (I) Introduction to modern computational approaches and (II) Building an AFM simulation.
Department of Applied Physics
Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland
Takeshi Fukuma (Part II)
Instrumentation and applications of liquid-environment FM-AFM
Frontier Science Organization
Kanazawa University
Kanazawa, Japan
Ricardo García
Advances in quantitative and three-dimensional mapping of soft matter by bimodal force microscopy
Force Tool Group
Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC
Madrid, Spain
Franz Giessibl (Part II )
Atomic force microscopy at the pico scale
University of Regensburg
Faculty of Natural and Applied Physics II – Physics
Regensburg, Germany
Leo Gross
Investigating the contrast mechanisms of AFM and KPFM using functionalized tips
IBM Research
Zurich Research Laboratory
Rüschlikon, Switzerland
Peter Grutter
Structure – property by AFM: from atomically defined electromechanical contacts to manipulation of neurons
Department of Physics
McGill University
Montréal, Canada
Suzanne Jarvis ( Part II )
Unraveling nature’s secrets with AFM
Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research
University College Dublin
Stephen Jesse
Frequency and Bias Spectroscopy and the Use of Multivariate Analysis in Scanning Probe Microscopy Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and Materials Sciences and Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, USA
Ernst Meyer (Part II Part III)
AFM experiments with single molecules
Department of Physics
University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland
José Ignacio Pascual
Spin, forces and photons in molecular tunneling junciton
Nanoimaging (CIC9)
CIC Nanogune
Donostia–San Sebastian, Spain
Udo Schwarz
Multi-Dimensional Scanning Probe Microscopy with Species-Selective Atomic Resolution Imaging
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Yale University
New Haven, USA
Alexander Schwarz (Part II)
Magnetic Sensitive Force Microscopy
Institute of Applied Physics and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center Hamburg
University of Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
Hirofumi Yamada (Part II)
Molecular-scale Investigations of Solid-Liquid Interfaces by both FM-AFM and 3-Dimensional Force Mapping Method
Department of Electronic Science and Engineering
Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan