Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) methods are used at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) to study complex biological systems that are of importance in food and agriculture. Probe microscopes are used, in conjunction with a variety of other biophysical techniques, in order to explain the behaviour of biological structures at the molecular level.
More about SPM at IFR...

Research into SPM methods at the Institute of Food Research is undertaken by:

  • Vic Morris
  • Andrew R. Kirby
  • A. Patrick Gunning
  • Nicola Woodward

Contacting us

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  • +44 (0)1603 255000


  • +44 (0)1603 507723
Atomic Force Microscopy for Biologists (Second Edition)
V.J. Morris, A.R. Kirby and A.P. Gunning
(Pub: Imperial College Press)

New second edition!Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is part of a range of emerging microscopic methods for biologists which offer the magnification range of both the light and electron microscope, but allow imaging under the 'natural' conditions usually associated with the light microscope.

To biologists AFM offers the prospect of high resolution images of biological material, images of molecules and their interactions even under physiological conditions, and the study of molecular processes in living systems. This book provides a realistic appreciation of the advantages and limitations of the technique and the present and future potential for improving the understanding of biological systems.