Characterization Facility workshop "Introduction to Confocal Raman and Scanning Probe Microscopy"

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Weisman Art Museum, on the East Bank of the U of M, Twin Cities campus
The William G. Shepherd room, main floor:

For further information, please contact Jinping Dong,, 612-625-1841) or Bob Hirche at Witec (

Co-Organized by:
Characterization Facility, Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota
IPrime, University of Minnesota
Witec (Ulm, Germany)

Thursday, Oct 15, 2009
University of Minnesota, Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Room: Level 1, William G. Shepherd Room
8:30 - 5:00pm

The workshop will give a detailed introduction to the operational principles and instrumental configurations relevant to Confocal Raman and Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM, NSOM, Pulsed Force Mode). The speakers will cover several aspects of modern Raman imaging and its fields of applications. An extensive demo session gives the participants the opportunity to apply this knowledge. Scientists interested in how to structurally and chemically identify and image the compounds of a sample at the highest spatial resolution are invited to participate. Typical research fields for SPM and Confocal Raman imaging are pharmaceutics and cosmetics, materials and polymer sciences, archaeology and geosciences, forensics, coatings, thin films, biomedical/biological systems and all fields where a clear identification of the distribution of chemical compounds is a necessity.

The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please fax your detailed contact information to WITec GmbH: fax# +49(0)14070200 or e-mail to Directions will be sent upon confirmation.
For questions, please contact: Dr. Jinping Dong at the Characterization facility of U of MN (, 612-625-1841), or Bob Hirche from
Witec (865-984-4445,

Program (below) (PDF version)

8:30 - 8:45AM Coffee & Registration

8:45 - 8:50AM Welcome and introduction
Dr. Jinping Dong, U of MN

8:50 - 8:55AM Introduction to IPrime
Bob Lewis (Director), U of MN

8:55 - 9:00AM Introduction to Characterization Facility
Dr. Greg Haugstad (Director), U of MN

9:00 - 10:00AM Introduction to High Resolution Optical and Scanning Probe Microscopy
Dr. Thomas Dieing (Witec Instruments)

10:00 - 10:45AM Combining High-Resolution Optical and Scanning Probe Microscope
Dr. Jianyong Yang (Witec Instruments)

10:45 - 11:00AM Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45AM Sophisticated Data Evaluation with the WITec Project Plus Software
Dr. Thomas Dieing (Witec Instruments)

11:45 - 13:00PM Lunch (on site, complements of Witec)

13:00 - 13:45PM Plasmon Coupling between a Gold Colloid and a Gold Film and its Implications on Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Dr. Albert Chang (Rice University)

13:45 - 14:05PM Confocal Raman Microscopy for Plasmonics
Dr. Sang-Hyun Oh (Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering)

14:05 - 14:25PM New Method for Imaging Uptake and Intracellular Fate of Gold Nanoparticles: Confocal Raman Microscopy
Neha Shah (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

14:25 - 14:45PM Characterizing the Distribution of Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Surfactants in Water-based Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Films using Atomic-Force and Confocal Raman Microscopy
Dr. Helen Guizhen Xu (Dept. Of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering)

14:45 - 15:00PM Dynamic Imaging of Therapeutic Biomedical Coatings in Aqueous Medium
Dr. Jinping Dong (Characterization Facility)

15:00 - 17:00PM Equipment Demonstration, Hands-On Session & Discussion