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material science aFm

The fusion of a modern flexure-guided scanner, XYZ sample stage, camera, active vibration isolation table, and air-flow shielding in a single all-in-one unit results in a complete atomic force microscope system with an unparalleled compact footprint, capable of 32 AFM modes.

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By advancing key technologies and designs, Nanosurf has made the Flex-Axiom one of the most versatile and flexible atomic force microscopes ever, allowing a large variety of materials research applications to be handled with ease. Together with the powerful C3000 controller, complex material characterizations are possible.

Biology and life science AFMs

A key success factor in life science research is the combination of multiple techniques. With the Flex-Bio, Nanosurf's Bio AFM, you can combine the AFM imaging, spectroscopy and nanomanipulation capabilities of this system with the high-end optical imaging techniques available for inverted microscopes.

Measure the mass of living cells in real time

The only fast and accurate cell balance

Cells tightly regulate their mass and volume during development and homeostasis. Though this regulation is fundamental to proper functioning of the cell, it is so far poorly understood, mainly because tools available thus far can only reasonably determine the volume of spherical suspended cells (~1% population accuracy, ~20% single cell accuracy), not their mass and not under normal adherent growth conditions.

Together with Prof. Daniel J. Müller and Dr. David Martínez-Martín of the ETH Zürich, Nanosurf is developing the Cytomass Monitor. The Cytomass Monitor is able to measure the mass of even single adherent cells with 0.1% mass and 10‑ms temporal resolution.

Industry & integration AFMs


The only full AFM integration for upright microscopes

Extend the resolution of your optical microscope

The Nanosurf LensAFM is an atomic force microscope that continues where optical microscopes and profilometers reach their resolution limits. It is mounted like a normal objective lens, thus extending the resolution and measuring capabilities of these instruments. The LensAFM not only provides 3D surface topography information, but can be used to analyze various physical properties of a measurement sample as well.


The smallest AFM for custom integration

The smallest AFM for custom integration

  • Compact

  • Robust

  • Easy to integrate


The surface morphology is an important property for many high-tech surfaces with features that can go down to a few nanometers and surface roughness below the nanometer. With AFM such features can be readily analyzed under ambient conditions. Most AFMs are limited in the type and size of samples they can handle. The NaniteAFM by Nanosurf is the market leading solution for AFM integration with least restriction to the sample dimensions.

The NaniteAFM has a tip-scanner, two inspection video cameras and an on-board approach motor in an exceptionally small footprint. It contains everything needed to operate independently, paving the way for easy integration: All you need is 300 cm3 in space and a stable docking site to mount the AFM.

Nano education AFMs


The leading AFM for nanoeducation

The leading AFM for nanoeducation

  • Compact and robust

  • Easy to use

  • Real value for money


The NaioAFM is the ideal atomic force microscope for nanoeducation and basic research on small samples. This all-in-one AFM system provides solid performance and easy handling, with a price tag and footprint that fit anyone and any place.


The best-selling tabletop STM

The all-in-one STM microscope for an easy entry into the world of atoms

The first scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was developed in 1981 by Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer at the IBM Research Laboratory in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, for the first time making individual atoms directly visible to a small group of specialists. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1986. In 1997, Nanosurf went one step further and brought single atoms to the classroom!

The NaioSTM is a scanning tunneling microscope that brings together scan head and controller in a single instrument for even simpler installation, maximized ease of use, and straightforward transportability. The setup is robust against vibrations and can be used to achieve atomic resolution on HOPG in standard classroom situations. With its 204 × 204 mm footprint it hardly takes up any workbench space.

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