Atomic Force Microscopy Market Size & Share, by Offering (Atomic Grade Microscopes, Probes, Software); Grade (Industrial, Research); Application (Life Sciences & Biology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductors & Electronics, Material Science, Academics) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Sep 19, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024 - 2036

Atomic Force Microscopy Market size is expected to cross USD 1 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of atomic force microscopy was around USD 516 Million. The atomic force microscope (AFM) market is positively impacted by rising corporate investments and technical developments. Around USD 92 billion was invested in artificial intelligence (AI) by businesses globally in 2022.

Additionally, the growing need for high-speed diagnostics and the usage of atomic force microscopes for coronavirus research present profitable opportunities for market participants. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected 181 different countries and has over 1197405 verified cases.

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Atomic Force Microscopy Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Investment in Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) Manufacturing and Development- As high-end smartphones with enormous displays are used more frequently, there has been an increase in the demand for OLED panels across the globe. Organic light emitting diodes OLED panels are a popular option for smartphone screens due to their crystal-clear visuals, low weight, and superior contrast ratio. Around 1.2 billion cell phones were shipped globally in 2022, a decline from 2021. By the end of 2022, smartphones will be used by 68% of the global population.
  • Commitment of Various Governments to Support the Advancement of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience- For the past three decades, atomic force microscopy has been a powerful technique for nanotechnological imaging. It offers a variety of modes for examining the topography, elasticity, adhesion, friction, electrical properties, and magnetism of nanomaterials. As a result, various countries have increased their funding for carrying out research projects relating to nanotechnology.
  • Increasing Various Technologies and Techniques- The development of new methods and tools such as frictional force mapping, topographic imaging, photoconductive atomic energy microscopy, scanning voltage microscopy, SPM-based nanoscale spectroscopy, and force spectroscopy is expected to have a significant impact on market growth overall over the forecast period.


  • Damage to Samples Due to Contact-Mode AFM- A feedback loop is employed to direct the tip in the contact mode along a direction that corresponds to a strong and repellent tip-sample force. Since, tip is always in touch with the surface, adhesive, and frictional forces have a significant impact on this mode. The surface-attached soft samples, like biological macromolecules or polymers, are susceptible to damage from friction and adhesion pressures.
  • Lack of Skilled Professionals for Atomic Force Microscopy
  • The Atomic Force Microscopes' High Cost

Atomic Force Microscopy Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 6%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 516 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 1 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Atomic Force Microscopy Segmentation

Grade (Industrial, Research)

The industrial atomic force microscopy market is expected to hold about 68% of the revenue share.  The increasing demand for industrial grade atomic force microscopy owing to its ability to detect and visualize virtually any size surface structure, exceeds that of research grade atomic force microscopy.

Application (Life Sciences & Biology, Nanotechnology, Semiconductors & Electronics, Material Science, Academics)

The semiconductors & electronics segment in the industrial atomic force microscopy market is anticipated to garner the highest share of about 38% during the forecast period. Nanometer-scale characterization of semiconductor materials and devices can be aided by atomic force microscopy. Additionally, it offers commentary for both physical and electrical failure analysis.

Our in-depth analysis of the global industrial atomic force microscopy market includes the following segments:


  • Atomic Grade Microscopes
  • Probes
  • Software


  • Industrial
  • Research


  • Life Sciences & Biology
  • Semiconductors & Electronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Material Science
  • Academics

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Atomic Force Microscopy Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

North-America is anticipated to dominate the industrial atomic force microscopy market with about 36% share owing to the early adoption of cutting-edge technologies in its rapidly growing semiconductor and microelectronics sectors. To improve productivity at the microscopic level, many powerful players in the field are investing, partnering with competitors, and collaborating to design and develop high-resolution, single-chip AFM. The U.S. semiconductor sector will directly contribute USD 246.4 billion and employ approximately 277,000 people in 2020, having a significant impact on the economy of the nation.

European Market Statistics

The Europe industrial atomic force microscopy market is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR with about 25% revenue share. The increasing government support for nanotechnology and nanoscience research and development is one of the major factors that is expected to contribute to the growth of the market.  Furthermore, the industries are growing in the region that are surging the demand for atomic force microscopy. Leading countries with increasing electronic and healthcare industries like the United Kingdom, Spain, and France are anticipated to contribute to market growth.

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Companies Dominating the Atomic Force Microscopy Market

    • Park Systems
      • Company Overview
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      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Bruker Corporation
    • Oxford Instruments
    • AFM Workshop
    • Anton Paar GmbH
    • Nanonics Imaging
    • Nanosurf AG
    • Witec
    •  NT-MDT Spectrum Instruments
    • Concept Scientific Instruments

In the News

  • Nanosurf AG introduced the FlexAFM research-grade Atomic Force Microscopes in combination with the C3000i controller for applications in material science and life science.
  • Bruker released the NanoRacer high-speed AFM system. This sets a new benchmark in high-speed scanning capabilities for fully real-time viewing of dynamic biological processes employing atomic force microscopy, with 50 frames per second imaging speed.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma

  • Report ID: 5250
  • Published Date: Sep 19, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Investment in OLED and an increase in various technologies are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market size of atomic force microscopy is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036.

The major players in the market are Bruker Corporation, Oxford Instruments, AFM Workshop, Anton Paar GmbH, Nanonics Imaging, Nanosurf AG, Witec, and others.

The industry segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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