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PNI Using Atomic Force Microscopes in Nanotribology

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 25 -- Pacific Nanotechnology Inc. (PNI) said it has developed atomic force microscopy applications for the field of nanotribology -- lubrication at the molecular level -- in keeping with its plans to expand nanotechnology in various markets.

"Research on tribology at nanometer dimensions plays a critical role in diverse technological areas," said Paul West, vice president of products and CTO at PNI.

Tribology investigates the design, friction, wear and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion, as with bearings or gears.

In the semiconductor and data storage industries, tribological studies help optimize polishing processes and lubrication of data storage substrates. Other industrial processes are beginning to require a detailed understating of tribology and lubrication at the nanometer level, PNI said.

"Development of lubricants in the automobile industry depends on the adhesion of monomolecular layers to a materials surface, and component assembly of components can depend on adhesion of materials at the nanometer-length scale," the company added. "AFMs can be used on all types of materials, including ceramics, metals, polymers, semiconductors, magnetic and optical surfaces and biomaterials."

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Nov 2003
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
The science of interfacing surfaces in moving contact, which includes areas such as friction, lubrication and wear.
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