Meet Nanosurf's AFM Experts

Nanosurf is the worldwide knowledge leader among companies focused on designing atomic force microscopes, with an average of more than 15 years of AFM experience in the development, applications, service, and sales teams. Our goal is to make AFM work at its best, for your individual requirements.

Technical Sales and Support

All our sales representatives have extensive experience in atomic force microscopy, many with PhDs in related fields, and are able to discuss your applications and instrument requirements at eye-level with you. Together we will find the right AFM for your needs, or develop an individual, customized system, specially for you.

Dr. James Berwick

Studied Clinical Engineering and Materials Science, and holds a PhD in Biophysics and Surface Analysis from the University of Nottingham, focused on AFM of Biomaterials.

Liu Feng
General Manager, China

Metrology specialist with micro-nano surface measurement experience in AFM and other cutting-edge technology since 2003.

Dr. Goetz Hoffmann
Area Sales Manager Eastern Europe

Physicist by education with a PhD on semiconductor laser growth and layer characterization by in situ analysis, AFM and XRD. Working in sales and application on AFM and other surface analysis techniques since 2004.

Dr. Rached Jaafar
Regional Sales Manager - India, Middle East & Africa

STM and UHV specialist. Worked on ferromagnetic materials, semiconductors, molecules and graphene on metallic surfaces.

Patrick Lang
Application & Sales Scientist

Biologist by education; worked on cell mechanics and AFM-based imaging and spectrosocpy for more than 5 years before joining Nanosurf in 2011.

Junhui Liu
Technical Sales and Support Engineer, China

Chemist with technical AFM, application support, and sales experience since 2012.

David Morgan
Technical Sales Manager - UK, Ireland & Scandinavia

A Chemist with a specialism in SPM, electrochemistry and nanoelectronics. Worked on SECM development and has experience with complimentary techniques such as optical profilometry, nanoindentation and electron microscopy.

Dr. Edward Nelson
Technical Sales and Support Scientist

Experimental nano-biophysicist who started using AFM as a postdoctoral fellow to study single-molecule translocations through synthetic nanopores.

Dr. Eugene Ogorodnik
Technical Sales Specialist

A biologist by training. PhD on applications of nanotechnology in single-cell biophysics. Experience in AFM imaging, combined AFM-confocal, cell mechanics, and FluidFM.

Dr. Marco Portalupi
Sales Manager Europe

Physicist by education with PhD on magnetic thin films. Learnt to use AFM at Nanosurf, as well as its applications in materials and life science.

Dr. Marcus Weth
General Manager, EU

Physicist by education with a PhD on powder analysis using AFM. Working in sales and application in AFM and related technologies since 2002.

AFM Masterclass

Applications, Service and Support

Our application scientists are expert AFM users with many years of experience imaging all kinds of samples with Nanosurf AFMs. They will support you with your application, help you troubleshoot, and provide training to new users.

Dr. Christian Bippes
Application and service scientist

Biochemist by education. PhD and postdoc on high-resolution AFM and single molecule force spectroscopy in the group of Prof. Daniel Müller before joining Nanosurf in 2013.

Dr. Héctor Corte-León
Application scientist

Physicist by education with a PhD on nanomagnetism and postdoc on standardization of magnetic field measurements at the nanoscale using AFM. Joined Nanosurf in 2022 after working for the National Physical Laboratory in the UK for ten years.

Dr. Sujit Dora
Technical sales and support

Physicist by education with a PhD in electrochemical AFM/STM in Prof. Olaf Magnussen's group. Has been working in the field of AFM since 2003.

Gotthold Fläschner
Product Manager PicoBalance & Rheology

Passionate physicist with a keen interest in biology. Physics degree at the University of Hamburg (ultra-low temperature mechanical oscillators). PhD at ETH Zürich on measuring the mass of single cells and their mechanical properties. He received the Swiss Nanoscience Award as well as the ETH Medal for outstanding dissertation.

Dr. Patrick Frederix
Application and service scientist

Physist by education with a PhD on fluorescence microscopy. Learnt AFM in the group of Prof. Andreas Engel, and gathered experience in high-resolution imaging, single molecule spectroscopy and combined AFM-SECM before joining Nanosurf in 2010.

Sebastian Gödrich
Application and service scientist

Polymer Chemist with expertise in combining AFM with electrical/electrochemical measurement techniques for the manipulation and characterization of thin films and nanostructures.

Dr. Henrik Peisker
Application and service scientist

Biologist by education who worked on cell mechanics and AFM-based imaging and spectrosocpy for more than 7 years before joining Nanosurf in 2016.

Dr. Igor Roshkin
Application scientist

Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, has expertise in AFM and MFM characterization of nanostructured materials and thin films in combination with a broad spectrum of other materials characterization techniques.

Roland Sachser
Application and service scientist

Physicist by education with expertise in nanostructuring, electrical transport measurements and using AFM for imaging of nanostructures.

Dr. Denis Vasyukov
Application and service scientist

Physicist, PhD in low temperature magneto-optical transport. Postdoc in development of magnetic SPM sensors (nano-SQUIDs) and scanning magnetic imaging. Expert in scanning microwave microscopy (SMM).

Su Zhengchen
Application and service scientist

Biomedical scientist by education; worked on AFM-based imaging on cells, exosomes and nanoparticles and used single molecule force spectroscopy to characterize membrane protein on live cells.


Our physicists and engineers are constantly working on improving our instrument portfolio, and developing new AFM scan heads, stages, and accessories to better fulfil your requirements.

Dr. Dominik Ziegler

Nanotechnologist with close to 20 years of scanning probe microscopy experience (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Co-Founder of Scuba Probe Technologies).

Dr. Jonathan Adams
Head of Technology

Physicist, PhD in microfluidic cell separation. Started working with AFM during graduate studies. Postdoc in development of high-speed AFM cantilevers and instrumentation.

Dr. Beat Bräm
Senior System Development Engineer

Physicist, Master thesis on STM lithography on Si. PhD using a Millikelvin-AFM to investigate electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures.

Dominik Brändlin
Senior Electrical Engineer, Founder

Electrical engineer, co-founder of Nanosurf and member of the board. Has been developing AFM control electronics and software since the very beginnings of STM and AFM, in the group of Prof. H.-J. Güntherodt in Basel.

Dr. Lukas Howald
Senior Development Engineer & Founder

Physicist, PhD on UHV AFM on ionic crystals (group of Prof. H.-J. Güntherodt, Basel), senior developer, and co-founder of Nanosurf.

Dr. Philipp Kobel
Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineer with PhD in robotics and production systems, with more than 10 years of experience in semiconductor stage design.

Dr. Andreas Lieb
Senior Development Engineer

Physicist, PhD in low temperature NSOM and confocal microscopy instrumentation. Postdoc in development of single molecule imaging instrumentation. Joined Nanosurf in 2012. Responsible for customized solutions.

Dr. Björn Pietzak
Head of Industrial Solutions

Physicist by education with PhD on endohedral fullerenes. Currently in charge for customizing solutions.

Clemens Scherrer
Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineer with extensive hands-on experience in the design of experiments and thermomechanical simulations. Joined Nanosurf's customizing team in 2019.

Dr. Pieter Van Schendel
Senior Development Engineer

Electrical Engineer with PhD in Solid State Physics. Developed AFM control software with several AFM systems and programming languages. Co-author of papers on Quantitative Magnetic Force Microscopy and non-contact atomic resolution force spectroscpy.

Dr. Marcel Winhold
Senior Project Manager

Physicist, PhD in 3D direct-writing of nanosensors as electrical readout for ultra-small self-sensing cantilevers for high-speed AFM applications. Currently focused on customized industrial solution projects.