History

Looking back on two decades of scanning probe microscopy

 

1997

On June 4, Nanosurf was founded in the town of Liestal (Switzerland) by Dominik Brändlin, Lukas Howald and Robert Sum
The first easyScan STM is presented at the STM97 conference in Hamburg (Germany)
Nanosurf is awarded the “Start-up Label” by the federal commission for technology and innovation (CTI)
CTI certified

 

1998

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory selects Nanosurf AFM for Mars mission
Nanosurf joins cooperation with the Institutes of Microtechnology (Neuchatel) and Physics (Basel)
Nanosurf is awarded the innovation prize by the Swiss cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft

 

1999

The first easyPLL is presented
The 100th easyScan STM is released

 

2000

Nanosurf is awarded the Swiss Technology Award by the Swiss federal industry agency
The easyScan atomic force microscope is introduced to the market
Swiss Technology Award

 

2001

Launch of the easyScan DFM

 

2002

Nanosurf moves into new premises (Tenum building)

 

2003

The easyScan E-Line is introduced
Nanosurf receives the 2003 SME Entrepreneurial Award by the Chamber of Commerce of the Cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt
SME entrepreneurial award

 

2004

The first Mobile S AFM is released
The easyPLL plus is introduced

 

2005

The 500th easyScan STM is sold to the Institute of Physics, Seton Hall University (NJ), USA
Nanosurf announces the release of its Easyscan 2 series

 

2006

The automated Nanite AFM is released
The Mobile S Cordless Edition is launched as the first truly portable, battery-powered AFM

 

2007

Nanosurf receives Swiss Technology Award for the Nanite AFM system
Launch of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Probe carrying a Nanosurf AFM
Nanosurf is recognized by the Swiss Venture Club for its innovation and entrepreneurship
Swiss technology award

 

2008

Nanosurf starts direct sales in Switzerland
Successful landing of the Phoenix Mars Probe and first AFM images from another planet
Nanosurf establishes its own subsidiary in the US (Greater Boston area)
FlexAFM is initiated
Nanosurf Inc. (Boston)

 

2009

Dr. Urs Matter is joining Nanosurf as CEO
Phoenix Mars Lander team wins 2009 Swigert Award

 

2010

Nanosurf delivers its 1000th STM to German high school
Inverted Microscope and Scanning Thermal/Nano-TA Options extend the capabilities of the FlexAFM
100th FlexAFM is built

 

2011

Nanosurf announces Hzs-Nanosurf Sino-foreign joint venture
Nanosurf establishes its own subsidiary in Germany (Frankfurt/Langen)
Nanosurf moves headquarters to new office location (Futuro Liestal) to match company growth
Nanosurf receives ISO certification
LensAFM is launched
Nanosurf GmbH (Frankfurt/Langen)

 

2012

Nanosurf releases the NaioSTM and NaioAFM for the education market
Nanosurf establishes its own subsidiariy in China
Nanosurf China (Shanghai)

 

2013

FluidFM is officially launched to convert the FlexAFM into a unique, new micro-manipulation tool for single-cell biology

 

2014

The Easyscan 2 AFM and STM are discontinued in favor of their Naio counterparts
The C3000 controller replaces the Easyscan 2 controller for 24-bit accuracy and control
Nuomedis is founded to develop a cancer diagnostic solution

 

2015

Nanosurf releases the FlexAM 5 scan head, with Z-position sensor and high-precision, low-noise photodetector
Nanosurf celebrates its 18th birthday
Nanosurf launches a new website and updates its corporate design
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