1st Edition

Atomic Force Microscopy for Energy Research

Edited By Cai Shen Copyright 2022
    455 Pages 258 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) can be used to analyze and measure the physical properties of all kinds of materials at nanoscale in the atmosphere, liquid phase, and ultra-high vacuum environment. It has become an important tool for nanoscience research. In this book, the basic principles of functional AFM techniques and their applications in energy materials—such as lithium-ion batteries, solar cells, and other energy-related materials—are addressed.


    • First book to focus on application of AFM for energy research
    • Details the use of advanced AFM and addresses many types of functional AFM tools
    • Enables readers to operate an AFM instrument successfully and to understand the data obtained
    • Covers new achievements in AFM instruments, including electrochemical strain microscopy, and how AFM is being combined with other new methods such as infrared (IR) spectroscopy

    With its substantial content and logical structure, Atomic Force Microscopy for Energy Research is a valuable reference for researchers in materials science, chemistry, and physics who are working with AFM or planning to use it in their own fields of research, especially energy research.

    1. Principles and Basic Modes of Atomic Force Microscopy

    Anyang Cui, Menghan Deng, Yan Ye, Xiang Wang, and Zhigao Hu

    2. Advanced Modes of Electrostatic and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy for Energy Applications

    Martí Checa, Sabine M. Neumayer, Wan-Yu Tsai, and Liam Collins

    3. Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Electrochemical Strain Microscopy

    Qibin Zeng and Kaiyang Zeng

    4. Hybrid AFM Technique: Atomic Force Microscopy-Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy

    Shuang Cao and Tong Sun

    5. Scanning Microwave Impedance Microscopy

    Yongliang Yang, Nicholas Antoniou, and Ravi Chintala

    6. Atomic Force Microscopy-Based Infrared Microscopy for Chemical Nano-Imaging and Spectroscopy

    Xiaoji G. Xu

    7. Application of AFM in Lithium Batteries Research

    Shuang-Yan Lang, Zhen-Zhen Shen, Jing Wan, and Rui Wen

    8. Application of AFM in Solar Cell Research

    Ahmed Touhami

    9. Application of AFM for Analyzing the Microstructure of Ferroelectric Polymer as an Energy Material

    Dong Guo, Kai Cai, and Jingshu Xu

    10. Application of AFM in Microbial Energy Systems

    Xiaochun Tian

    11. Practical Guidance of AFM Operations for Energy Research

    Yang Liu, Xin Guo, Yaolun Liu, Xin Wang, Chen Liu, Wenhui Pang, Fei Peng, Shurui Wang, Youjie Fan, and Hao Sun


    Cai Shen received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews at UK in 2008. Sequentially, he continued his research at the University of Maryland, Heidelberg University and Aarhus University before he joined Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science as an Associate Professor in 2013. He was promoted to Professor in 2021. He has published 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is on the editorial boards for a number of international journals including Journal of Microscopy. His current research interests are lithium-ion batteries and applications of atomic force microscopy for the study of functional materials.