AFM characterization of biomolecules in physiological environment by an advanced nanofabricated probe

M. Moretti*, C. Canale, C. Canale, M. Francardi, S. Dante, F. De Angelis, E. Di Fabrizio

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Many relevant questions in biology and medicine require both topography and chemical information with high spatial resolution. Several biological events that occur at the nanometer scale level need to be investigated in physiological conditions. In this regard Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is one of the most powerful tools for label-free nanoscale characterization of biological samples in liquid environment. Recently, the coupling of Raman spectroscopy to scanning probe microscopies has opened new perspectives on this subject; however, the coupling of quality AFM spectroscopy with Raman spectroscopy in the same probe is not trivial. In this work we report about the AFM capabilities of an advanced high-resolution probe that has been previously nanofabricated by our group for coupling with Raman spectroscopy applications. We investigate its use for liquid AFM measurements on biological model samples like lipid bilayers, amyloid fibrils, and titin proteins. We demonstrate topography resolution down to nanometer level, force measurement and stable imaging capability. We also discuss about its potential as nanoscale chemical probe in liquid phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1723-1731
Number of pages9
JournalMicroscopy Research and Technique
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • AFM
  • Biological molecules
  • High-resolution topography
  • Nanofabrication
  • Raman spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Instrumentation
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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