Implementation of recycling routes for scanning probe microscopy tips.

  title={Implementation of recycling routes for scanning probe microscopy tips.},
  author={Carolina Pereira De Souza and Margareth Spangler Andrade and Bernardo R. A. Neves},
  journal={Microscopy and microanalysis : the official journal of Microscopy Society of America, Microbeam Analysis Society, Microscopical Society of Canada},
  volume={8 6},
In this work, effective, yet simple, recycling mechanisms for used scanning probe microscopy (SPM) tips were implemented. Comprising a tip profile characterization methodology and specific cleaning procedures, which decontaminate SPM tips whether the contamination nature is known or not, such routes were optimized during numerous tests with brand new, previously used, and already discarded categories of SPM tips. The results show that if the used tip suffered contamination only, but no physical… CONTINUE READING