Our lab has a custom-built high-pressure atomic force microscope (HP-AFM) which can probe surfaces in a wide pressure range from UHV to 1 bar. This is an ideal tool for investigating the pressure-dependent solvation of atomically-flat and nano-structured ionic materials such as alkali halides and halide perovskites. The tecnique is multi-functional, namely, it can be used to map the topography while probing a material property, such as the relative work function, surface conductance, frictional properties, etc. It can also be operated in contact, non-contact, and intermitted-contact modes.
S. K. Parida, J. S. Lacasa, B. Eren. Restructuring of the Nanostructured KBr Surface in the Presence of Water, Methanol, and Ethanol vapors. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2022, 126, 13433–13340
Water adsorption on reducible oxides