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Park Systems and TU Bergakademie Freiberg (TU Freiberg) will host the 1st NanoScientific Forum Europe 2018 (NSFE 2018). This open AFM User Meeting will focus on sharing and exchanging the cutting-edge research for both materials and life science disciplines using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). A special session during the scientific program will be held to the topic nanobubbles, which is a part of the flagship project of TU Freiberg and Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology.

An exciting agenda is planned for the 2,5 days:

  • • Lectures by renowned AFM researchers
  • • Instrument workshops on Park Systems AFMs, including basic and advanced measuring techniques as well as tips and tricks, how to obtain stunning AFM data
  • • Poster session and image contest with amazing prizes!
  • • Evening events: 
                              Wednesday Evening: Fusing Science & People - Conference Dinner
                              Thursday Evening: Discovering Natural Treasures - terra mineralia Tour&Party

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael Kappl
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany

Talk title:
“From elasticity to capillarity in soft materials indentation”

Prof. Dr. Lukas Eng, Technical
University Dresden, Germany

Talk title:
“Chemical Sensitivity for Scanning Probe Microscopy”

Prof. Steven de Feyter
KU Leuven, Belgium

Talk title:
"Controlling molecules on surfaces: from DNA dynamics to 2D materials - getting close with SPM"

Dr. Francesco S. Ruggeri
Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Talk title:
“Revisiting the Early Aggregation of Amyloids by AFM Single Molecule Statistical Analysis”

Dr. Tobias Cramer
University of Bologna, Italy

Talk title:
“Atomic Force Microscopies to study Electronic Properties and Strain in Thin Films for Flexible Electronics”

Dr. Cristiano Albonetti
CRN - ISMN, Italy

Talk title:
“The growth of organic ultra-thin films on silicon oxides with variable vacancy states: a Scanning Force Microscopy approach”


Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
Case Western Reserve University, USA

Talk title:
“Nanostructured Films: Templated and Patterned Interfaces”

Dr. Kristof Paredis
imec, Belgium

Talk title:
“Scanning probe microscopy for future semiconductor devices”


Dr. Sang-il Park
Park Systems Corp., South Korea

Talk title:
“The Latest Innovations in Atomic Force Microscopy and Its Related Techniques”


Conference Topics


  • • Geoscience and sustainable energy applications
  • • Polymers and composites
  • • Nanoelectronics, photonic and photovoltaic applications
  • • Nanomaterials and Life Science
  • • Special Session nanobubbles*


  • • Nanomechanical and Electrical Characterization
  • • Characterization Techniques in Aqueous Solution
  • • Advanced Imaging

Special Session "nanobubbles"*


  • • Prof. Urs Peuker
    TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • • Yaowen Xing
    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
  • • Lisa Ditscherlein
    TU Bergakademie, Freiberg, Germany
  • • Paul Knuper
    TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • • Edgar Schach
    Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Germany
  • • Bent Babel
    Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Germany

Nanobubbles on a hydrophobic Al2O3 surface
Image caption: L. Ditscherlein et al. / Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochem.
Eng. Aspects 497 (2016) 242-250



* The special session to nanobubbles will cover the influence of nanobubbles in engineering processes like melt filtration (CRC 920, a flagship project of TU Freiberg) and flotation (SPP2045, TU Freiberg and Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology). For more information click here:

Paper 1 / Paper 2 / Paper 3 / Paper 4


Conference Venue
Alte Mensa, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Petersstrasse 5, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
Website Alte Mensa

Important Deadlines
Registration for the conference is open until September 30.
Abstract / image submission is open until July 31*.

Abstract and Image Submission

*The best papers will be featured in the NanoScientific Journal, a quarterly journal covering the latest advancements in the field of nanotechnology, and co-sponsor of the NSFE.
The best paper will be awarded with an AFM Scholarship from Park Systems.

The images with the highest “coolness” factor will be awarded with special prizes. 

More Information
If you would like additional information or would like to subscribe to the conference email list, please contact:

Justyna Sliwa, Conference Organizer
Park Systems Europe GmbH


+49-621- 490896-50

We're looking forward to seeing you at the NanoScientific Forum Europe 2018 (NSFE 2018)!



Registration in person is closed.