The Center for Microscopy-Microanalysis and Information Processing (CMMIP-UPB),
takes part of University “Politehnica” of Bucharest (UPB). CMMIP-UPB is based on the first
laboratory in Scanning Laser Microscopy field, established in Department of Physics of UPB in
1977. CMMIP-UPB was designed and developed as a multi user research facility, covering a broad
spectrum of activities in the field of microscopic characterization & analysis. The main research
activities within CMMIP-UPB are focused towards developments in the fields of scanning light and
scanning probe microscopy.
The design of new scientific equipment as upgrades to existing microscopy systems or as novel stand-alone systems, the development of new investigation techniques for the characterization of various materials and devices by high resolution microscopy together with the development of state-of-the-art image processing and computer vision techniques for enhancing the visualization of microscopy data represent the main targets of CMMIP-UPB. In CMMIP-UPB a number of investigation methods were developed, such as methods to enable imaging and spectroscopy in the field of biomaterials, nanostructures, polymers, semiconductor materials, semiconductor devices, thin films, optical materials, liquid crystals. CMMIP-UPB is contributing in NANOLASCAN consortium with a long lasting experience in scanning laser microscopy (instrumentation and applications), with its experience in scanning probe microscopy techniques (AFM, STM), and its experience in scanning near field optical microscopy (SNOM). CMMIP-UPB has developed a state-of-the-art scattering-SNOM in the frame of the ‘Bioelectricsurface’ FP7 project (www.bioelectricsurface.eu), in the purpose of enabling nanoscale investigations on the interactions between bio-materials, bone and tissue in the presence of patterned surface charge. In the frame of NANOLASCAN CMMIP will develop the Fluorescence Apertureless Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope (FASNOM) system, based on the existing s-SNOM, and will conduct FASNOM, CSLM, MPLSM, SHG/THG & SPM investigations on relevant samples for non-melanoma skin cancers, and will assist the other partners in data interpretation and analysis.