A.P.E. Research, a company of the BioHighTech NET Network, has supplied one of its leading products, the Atomic Force Microscope, to an important CNR research. The first results have recently been published in a major international scientific journal, Advanced Elecronic Materials, which follows technological innovation in the fields of health, materials, sustainability, nanotechnology, energy and electronics. The image, published on the cover of the same magazine, was made with the powerful microscope provided by APE Research.
The Istituto officina dei materiali del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Cnr-Iom), the Sincrotrone Elettra, the University of Milan, the Politecnico di Milano, the Institute of Nanosciences of Modena have collaborated in this research and the results seem to confirm that it is possible to modify the morphological properties of an object made of material belonging to the multiferroic class, on the basis of simple electrical impulses. It is then possible to restore the initial characteristics by reversing the field voltage. This is how Piero Torelli of the Istituto officina dei materiali of the Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Cnr-Iom) asserts.
In short, it seems that it is possible to modify the shape of an object, and then go back to its initial shape.
“The resources of growth, nanofabrication, surface characterization and synchrotron light spectroscopy of the NFFA (Nano Foundry and Fine Analysis) infrastructure at the Cnr-Iom, the atomic force microscope (Afm), were used to measure the morphology of the sample and obtain a three-dimensional image of it. Finally, the optical microscope was used to measure the surface change in real time,” explains Stefano Prato, one of the authors and the founder of A.P.E. Research.