Asylum Research Oxford Instruments

Asylum Research Oxford Instruments


Oxford Instruments is a leading provider of high technology products and services to the world's leading companies and scientific research communities. Asylum Research is the Technology Leading Manufacturer for Atomic Force Microscopy. Asylum Research (UK) manufactures advanced scanning probe and atomic force microscopes (SPM/AFMs) and accessories for nanoscience and nanotechnology. Their atomic force microscope laboratory equipment products are optimized for biology / life sciences and materials science applications.

Asylum Research specializes in making the best atomic force microscopes for academic research and industrial R&D. Their passion for innovating AFM technology is what drove the start of Asylum in 1999. Since then, Asylum have continuously worked to develop higher performance AFMs (e.g. resolution, speed), more useful AFMs (e.g. going beyond topography, extending to mechanical, electrical, and functional properties), and easier to use AFMs (e.g. eliminating artifacts, automating setup, making operation more consistent and predictable).

Asylum works with customers to understand problems and goals in order to help develop a plan to help solve and achieve.


We want you to choose our AFM because you truly believe that it will advance your research, get your new product to market faster, or whatever it is that you’re trying to do.'


Support is KEY at Asylum. A lot of people have had bad experiences with old AFMs. You might even consider AFM as a tool of last resort. Instead of that, imagine owning an AFM that you look forward to using and are confident will provide you the information that you need. A big part of making that happen is solved by their focus on Innovation and Solutions. But the last critical component is Asylum's ongoing support for users of their AFMs. Asylum will go above and beyond your expectations to help you succeed with your Asylum AFM. Call or email and you will get help from an AFM expert.


Asylum Research Atomic Force Microscopy Application Areas


Modulus map of a polymer blend Atomic force microscopy image of a thin film piezoresponse force microscopy image taken with an Asylum Research scanning probe microscope

Graphene AFM image: flakes imaged on boron nitride using atomic force microscopy

Polymers Thin Films and Coatings Piezoelectrics and Ferroelectrics Graphene and 2D Materials
Atomic force microscopy image shows the sub-structure of actin filaments Atomic force microscopy image of a cell overlaid on a fluorescence microscopy image of the same cell Coronary stent surface imaged using atomic force microscopy Chocolate imaged using atomic force microscopy
Biomolecules, Membranes & Assemblies Cells and Tissues Biomaterials Food Science
AFM image showing the photoconductive properties of a photovoltaic material Atomic force microscope image of a lithium battery electrode Semiconductor transistor device imaged using scanning microwave impedance microscopy (sMIM)

Magnetic skyrmions imaged using magnetic force microscopy under an applied perpendicular magnetic field

Solar, Photovoltaics & Thermoelectrics Energy Storage Semiconductor and Microelectronics Magnetics and Data Storage
Atomic force microscopy modulus map of a solder lead-tin alloy Surface potential image of a carbon-filled polymer blend imaged with atomic force microscopy This force-distance curve is an example of force spectroscopy measurements. Here, a protein called titin was unfolded under the force of the atomic force microscope. Each peak corresponds to the unfolding of one domain in the protein. Frictional force is measured as a function of applied load (friction loops) for several different anti-friction coatings
Nanomechanical Characterization Nanoelectrical Characterization Force Measurements Tribology