Scanning probe microscope facility - II


Scanning probe microscope facility is used to characterize surfaces and structures at nanoscale using variety of physical probes. The facility includes atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning tunneling microscope (STM) etc.

Make and Model

Bruker (Previously Veeco), Multimode Nanoscope-IV

Available mode for use

  • • Contact mode AFM

  • Tapping mode AFM

  • Lateral force microscopy

  • Force modulation microscopy

  • Magnetic force microscopy

  • Electric force microscopy

  • Surface potential microscopy

  • Conductive AFM

  • Electrochemical AFM

  • Scanning tunneling microscopy

  • Scanning tunneling spectroscopy

  • Low current STM

  • Electrochemical STM

  • Nanoindentation


  • Versatile multimode system for high resolution microscopy

  • Vibration isolation table & acoustic isolation hood

  • Scan size: 0.4 μm to 125 μm

  • 10 x optical microscope for selected area AFM

  • Image processing and analysis software.


  • Surface topography and roughness

  • Particle size analysis

  • Atomic resolution imaging

  • Electrical mapping

  • Magnetic mapping

  • Mechanical properties

Facility in-charge

Contact Email

spm[at] iitb[dot] ac[dot] in

Contact no.



Room No. 014,
Department of Physics,
I.I.T. Bombay,
Powai, Mumbai - 400076


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Information-External users

Information-SPM-CentralFacilityWithGST_28-08-2017.pdf190.39 KB

Registration form-External users

ExternalUsersRegistrationFormForSPMFacility_28-08-2017.pdf120.09 KB
Technical Specifications

Routine Modes :

  • Contact mode AFM
  • Tapping mode AFM

Advanced Modes* :

  • STM with following applications, Low current STM and Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STS)
  • Fluid Cell AFM
  • Magnetic Force Microscopy (MFM)
  • Electric Force Microscopy (EFM)
  • Conductive AFM (C-AFM)
  • Electrochemical AFM and STM
  • Nanoindentation and Nanoscratching

* Subject to availability of manpower with relevant expertise.

Available Scanners :

  • J scanner ( 125 × 125 × 5 µm)
  • E scanner ( 10 × 10 × 5 µm)
  • A scanner ( 0.4 × 0.4 × 5 µm)

Other Accessories :

  • Vibration isolation table and acoustic isolation hood
  • Optical microscope with color digital video for area selection
  • Digital image processing and analysis software
  • Quadrexed phase signal processing for higher phase sensitivity and fast scan micro actuator cantilevers



Central facility presentation
Presented Date Presentation File Presentation by (Prof.) Department
04-12-2017 View Presentation2.41 MB Prof. C P Rao Chemistry
08-10-2015 View Presentation1.16 MB Prof. C P Rao Chemistry
28-02-2019 View Presentation2.61 MB Prof. Mohammed Aslam Physics
Publications using data from this facility

1. “Oriented assembly of Ni-clusters embedded in semi-insulating NiO epitaxial films”, S. K. Yadav, B. P. Sahu, S. Dhar, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 55 (2022) 035002 (7pp).

2. “CoFeVSb: A Promising Candidate for Spin Valve and Thermoelectric Applications”, J. Nag, D. Rani, D. Singh, R. Venkatesh, B. Sahni, A. K. Yadav, S. N. Jha, D. Bhattacharyya, P. D. Babu, K. G. Suresh, A. Alam, (Archieve)

3. “Phosphorus doping of ZnO using spin-on dopant process : A better choice than costly and destructive ion-implantation technique”, M. Mishra, S. Sushama, S. K. Pandey. S Chakrabarti, J. Lumin., vol. 233, no. January, p. 117921, 2021.

4. “Fabrication of Through-glass Vias (TGV) based 3D microstructures in Glass Substrate by a lithography-free process for MEMS applications”, V. K. Bajpai, D. Mishra, P.Dixit, , Applied Surface Science, vol. 584 (2022), 152494.

5. “Growth of Hybrid Perovskite Films via Single‐Source Perovskite Nanoparticle Evaporation”, R. Yadav, M. Roy, G. Banappanavar, M. Aslam, Chem: An Asian Journal 2022.

6. S. Bhattacharjee, S. Srivastava, “Ordered stripes to crack patterns in dried particulates of DNA-coated gold colloids via modulating nanoparticle–substrate interactions”, Soft Matter, 19(12), 2265(2023).

7. M. Monish, S.S. Major, “Study of residual stress in reactively sputtered epitaxial Si doped GaN films”, Mater. Sci. Semicond. Process., 150, 106902 (2022).

8. M. S. Siddiqui, A. Mandal, H. Kalita, M. Aslam, “Highly sensitive few –layer MoS2 nanosheets as a stable soil moisture and humidity sensor”, Science Direct, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 365, 131930(2022).

9. M. S. Siddiqui, M. Aslam, “Highly Stable and Reusable 3D Graphene-Quinizarin Voltammetric pH Sensor”, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 170, 4 (2023).

10. M. Mishra, R Saha, L. Tyagi, S. Sushama, S.K. panday, S. Chakrabarti, “Investigation of phosphorus-doping of MgZnO thin films using efficient spin-on dopant process”, Journal of luminescence, 257, 119748 (2023).

11. B. Singh, R. Bahadur, P. Maske, M. Gandhi, D. Singh, R. Srivastava, “Preclinical safety assessment of red emissive gold nanocluster conjugated crumpled MXene nanosheets: a dynamic duo for image-guided photothermal therapy”, Nanoscale, 15, 2932(2023).

12. B. P. Sahu, S. K. Yadav, S. Arora, S. Dhar, “Study of lithium incorporation in (111) NiO epitaxial layers grown on c-sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition technique”, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. (DOI 10.1088/1361-6463/accc41)

13. Bhawna, M. Roy, A. Kaur, A. Alam, M. Aslam, “BiOBr Surface-Functionalized Halide Double-Perovskite Films for Slow Ion Migration and Improved Stability”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 15, 14, 18473–18481(2023).

1. S. Bhattacharjee, “Transition from stripe to crack like pattern in dried droplet of colloidal particles” - International Conference on Smart Materials for Sustainable Technology-II (SMST-2022), organized by SIRMB, IIT Bombay, IIT-BHU on 13th -16th October 2022 (Oral).

2. S. Bhattacharjee, “Concentric-ring to crack formation in particulates of DNA-AuNP suspension by modulating nanoparticle-substrate interaction” – Complex Fluid Symposium (CompFlu 2022), organized by Indian Society of Rheology (ISR), IIT-KGP on 19th -21st December 2022 (Poster)