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Posted: October 22, 2008
The World's First All-Diamond Probes For AFM Are Now Available From Nanoscience Instruments
(Nanowerk News) Nanoscience Instruments, the premier US-based distributor of nanotechnology instrumentation and supplies, today announces the worldwide distribution of NaDiaProbes® – Advanced Diamond Technologies' (ADT) new line of all-diamond atomic force microscopy (AFM) probes.
NaDiaProbes are the only available AFM probes constructed entirely of diamond. They differ greatly from diamond-coated silicon or silicon nitride probes in that both the cantilever and tip are 100 percent UNCD®, a thin-film form of nanocrystalline diamond manufactured exclusively by ADT. NaDiaProbes benefit from the unsurpassed hardness of diamond, and they will outlast standard silicon probes by more than 100 times when imaging hard surfaces without sacrificing tip sharpness. NaDiaProbes also provide enhanced imaging performance on soft, sticky samples because of the low adhesion and low surface energy of diamond. They are suited for a wide variety of standard imaging applications as well as for applications in nanoscale metrology, inspection, and manufacturing.
Nanoscience Instruments is excited about supplying these unique AFM probes to the growing nanoscience research community. "NaDiaProbes have clear advantages for many applications, especially where tip durability is concerned. They will be instrumental in solving current and future challenges in nanotechnology R&D," said Mark Flowers, co-founder.
"We developed NaDiaProbes not only to make superior AFM probes but also to enable many new applications for probes due to diamond's un-matched durability such as non-volatile memory devices and nanomanufacturing. We look forward to a long-term beneficial relationship with Nanoscience Instruments on many levels," said Dr. John Carlisle, ADT's chief technology officer.
About Nanoscience Instruments
Nanoscience Instruments, Inc. provides hundreds of products and services for nanoscience and supports research and engineering at universities, government laboratories, and industrial R&D facilities around the world. Product offerings include atomic force microscopes, 3D optical profilometers, and accessories for these and other high resolution microscopy techniques. Nanoscience offers a broad line of consumable items that includes AFM probes, chemicals for surface modification, STM supplies and teaching materials & samples. More information can be found at nanoscience.com.
About Advanced Diamond Technologies
ADT is the world leader in developing and applying diamond films for industrial, electronic, and medical applications. ADT is a World Economic Forum 2007 Technology Pioneer as well as a runner-up for the Wall Street Journal's 2006 Technology Innovation Award. ADT's UNCD won the 2008 Material Enabling Award from EuroAsia IC Semiconductor magazine. For more information about ADT, visit thindiamond.com.