Asylum Research Offer iPad to Winner of AFM Image Contest

Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments company, invites all Cypher™ and MFP-3D™ AFM users to enter their best AFM data, including images, force curves, or videos, in the Asylum Research Image Contest.

Each scientist will receive an Asylum gift pack just for sending in their images. An Apple iPad will be awarded at the close of each quarter to the winning image that best represents excellence in science and the "cool" factor as judged by our team of applications scientists. Select entries will also be featured in the Asylum Research website gallery.

“Our customers do amazing work with our AFMs and we’d like to help share the incredible results,” said Ben Ohler, Director of Marketing. “We invite all of our users to send in their most unique, impressive, and captivating images, and that includes any data on force measurements and videos.”

Researchers may submit as many images as they want and every image will be considered for the quarterly grand prize. Details and the online submission form can be found at All winners of the quarterly iPad prize will be notified by email. The first quarterly prize will be announced June 1.

Image caption: Carbon nanotubes and bundles emerging from a line of catalyst particles. 5µm scan courtesy of Scott MacLaren, Senior Research Scientist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

About Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments company

Asylum Research is the technology leader in atomic force microscopy for both materials and bioscience applications, dedicated to innovative instrumentation for nanoscience and nanotechnology. Founded in 1999, Asylum Research has over 300 years combined AFM/SPM experience among our staff. Asylum Research AFMs are used for a variety of nanoscience applications in material science, physics, polymers, chemistry, biomaterials, and bioscience, including single molecule mechanical experiments on DNA, protein unfolding and polymer elasticity, as well as force measurements for biomaterials, chemical sensing, polymers, colloidal forces, adhesion, and more.

About Oxford Instruments plc

Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. It provides solutions needed to advance fundamental physics research and its transfer into commercial nanotechnology applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialization of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

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