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Date: 06-12-14

Advances in nanoindenting help nanoscale material behavior

Using nanoindentation, material researchers study both elastic properties and viscous properties. nanoindentation provide surface mechanical characterization data by indenting to depths at the nanometer-micron scales

The iNano from Nanoscience Instrument is a nanoindenter tool uses leading edge technology developed by Warren Oliver, an inventor of the original Nanoindenter. iNano applies indentation without scratching the surface and the tip is preserved longer. Nanoindenter helps in finding Mechanical properties like hardness and elastic modulus.

The Nano-Indentation Tester from CSM Instruments SA is designed to characterize organic, inorganic, soft or hard materials and coatings. Examples are thin and multilayer PVD, CVD, PECVD, photoresists, paints, lacquers, and many other types of films and coatings. Bulk material surface mechanical characterization can also be performed on hard or soft materials, including metals, semiconductor, glasses, ceramics, composites, biomimetic and in vitro biomaterials.

Semiconductor manufacturing tool maker Bruker has introduced NanoForce Nanoindenting and Nanomechanical Testing System to enable new discoveries in nanoscience. The new NanoForce system supports complete investigations of nanomechanical properties helping nano device development to go beyond nanoindentation into full-scale studies of nanoscale material behavior on a wide range of specimen geometries, including thin films, nanostructures, MEMS and various device components.

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