Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) Expert and Tutorial Center is aimed at providing a long-standing comprehensive experience for expert consulting as well as advanced characterization and training in the field of scanning probe microscopies and nanosciences in general. In particular we offer:
  1. Solving your problems on micro- and nano-scale by employing our SPM facilities and by developing and/or consulting specific experimental procedures

  2. Assistance with your SPM data analysis
    Getting SPM pictures is easy these days. Yet the challenge lies in answering the question whether they are correct, without artifacts, and what is their real meaning.

  3. Advanced SPM tutorials
    1. experiments: hands-on experience with your samples of interest
    2. lectures: range of presentations about applications of specific SPM regimes
The above activities are supported by:
  1. more than 15 years of experience with various SPM techniques, data analysis, as well as SPM manufacturers
  2. state-of-the-art SPM facilities (vacuum, air, electrolytes)
  3. computations

Center operation

The center activities are carried out based on:
  1. informal scientific or educational collaborations incl. public outreach
  2. formal bi-lateral agreements including financial support

Professionals behind

J. Kočka, A. Fejfar, B. Rezek, P. Jelínek, J. Čermák, A. Vetushka, M. Ledinský, E. Ukraintsev, K. Kůsová, and others.

Core facilities

  • Ambient AFM/STM combined with sub-pA current detection
  • Electrochemical AFM/STM incl. fluid cells
  • Optoelectronic STM combined with light collection
  • Micro-Raman mapping spectrometer with UV/VIS/NIR lasers
  • AFM-Raman and photoluminescence micro-spectrometer
  • AFM combined with inverted fluorescence microscope
  • Peakforce TUNA AFM system with quantitative nanomechanical mapping


RNDr. Jan Kočka, DrSc. – general consulting and agreements
tel: +420-220 318 449; e-mail: kocka@fzu.cz

RNDr. Antonín Fejfar, CSc. – electronic transport SPM techniques
tel: +420-220 318 501; e-mail: fejfar@fzu.cz

RNDr. Bohuslav Rezek, PhD. – advanced SPM techniques and molecular interfaces
tel: +420-220 318 525; e-mail: rezek@fzu.cz

Ing. Pavel Jelínek, PhD. – atomic scale AFM and calculations
tel: +420-220 318 430; e-mail: jelinekp@fzu.cz


Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic,
Cukrovarnicka 10, 16253 Praha 6, Czech Republic

Collaborations and Trainees (link)