NanoWorld AG appoints new Key Account Manager

NanoWorld AG is proud to announce that it has been able to secure the services of Dr. Terunobu Akiyama as Key Account Manager A-Probe. Dr. Akiyama is the inventor of this new self-sensing and self-actuating tuning fork probe.

This product has been developed in cooperation with the Institute of Microtechnology (IMT) at the University of Neuchâtel for the NANOSENSORS™ brand that is specialized on cutting edge scanning probes for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) applications. The novel product is called the Akiyama-probe or A-probe to honour its inventor. It is a novel self-sensing and – actuating probe based on a quartz tuning fork combined with a micromachined cantilever for dynamic mode AFM.

It features a symmetrical arrangement of a U-shaped silicon cantilever attached to the two prongs of a quartz tuning fork. The tuning fork serves as an oscillatory force sensor that governs the tip vibration frequency as well as the amplitude and ensures a high mechanical Q-factor. The force constant of the probe is determined by the cantilever and can be adjusted independently from the resonance frequency.

Dr. Akiyama serves as key account manager for the market introduction of this innovative product. In his capacity as key account manager A-probe Dr. Akiyama will be in charge of communication and cooperation with all AFM manufacturers who are working on the development of a scanning probe microscope using this novel probe concept as well as being responsible for the further development of this new product.

He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. During his time at the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Akiyama received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Young Scientists from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Since 1995 Dr. Akiyama is conducting his research at the IMT at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

During his scientific career Dr. Akiyama has published a variety of papers in renowned international journals in the field of Scanning Probe Microscopy. His research interests include microactuators, microsensors and microsystems. The Scratch Drive Actuator (SDA), one of the well-known standard electrostatic actuators based on MEMS technology, is also one of his inventions.

While Dr. Akiyama will maintain his position at the IMT and continue his research there he will devote 50% of his time to the market introduction of his invention, the self-sensing and -actuating tuning fork probe called A-probe in the future.

NANOSENSORS™ Distributor NanoAndMore USA Opens West Coast Office

NANOSENSORS™ North American distributor NanoAndMore USA, Inc., a supplier of nanotechnology products including atomic force microscope (AFM) probes and scientific instruments, opened a new branch this month.

On December 18, 2006 the NanoAndMore USA West Coast office officially opened its doors.

The West Coast office of NanoAndMore USA is located in Portland and is headed by John Quintero who is well-known in the AFM industry. “John was instrumental in building up the US sales of another company selling nanotech consumables to scientists and engineers. He has over 5 years successful experience with the sales of AFM probes in the United States and is ideally suited for the new challenge of expanding NanoAndMore’s business even further.” said George McMurtry, president and founder of NanoAndMore USA Inc.

Together with the East Coast office, NanoAndMore USA now has live phone coverage from 8:00 to 5:00 through all North American time zones.

The opening of NanoAndMore’s West Coast Office strengthens the position of NANOSENSORS™ on the US market, allowing even better, faster and more convenient customer service and support.


9 James F. Byrnes Street
Lady’s Island, SC 29907

Toll free number for the US and Canada: 877-521-1108

Tel.: 843-521-1108
Fax: 843-521-1148

West Coast Office

3439 NE Sandy Blvd. #623
Portland, OR 97232

Toll free number for the US and Canada: 877-521-1108

Tel: 503-287-0088
Fax: 503-287-4439

NANOSENSORS™ Changes North American Distribution Network

NANOSENSORS™ the world leader in scanning probes specializing in the development and production of innovative high quality tips for scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) announced a change in its North American distribution network.

The business partnership with Nanoscience Instruments Inc. as NANOSENSORS™ North American distributor will terminate on November 20th, 2006.

As of November 21st, 2006 NANOSENSORS™ products will be sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico by NanoAndMore USA Corp.

NanoAndMore USA Corp., a member of the NanoWorld Group, is the North American distributor for NANOSENSORS™, NanoWorld™ and BudgetSensors™ AFM probes. Their scope of offered products also includes the Scanning Probe Image Processor from Image Metrology, Vibration Isolation equipment from Minus-K and Digital Holographic Microscopes from Lyncée Tec.

NanoAndMore USA Corp.
9 James F. Byrnes Street
Lady’s Island, SC 29907


Toll free number for the US and Canada:
Phone.: +1 843 521 1108
Fax: +1 843 521 1148

Furthermore Agilent Technologies will continue to supply its customers with NANOSENSORS™ products

Agilent Technologies
4666 South Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282

Phone: +1-480-756-5902
Fax: +1-480-756-5950
Contact person: Judy August


In Canada Systems for Research Corp. will also continue to sell NANOSENSORS™ AFM probes.

Systems for Research Corp.
300 Earl Grey Dr., Suite 225

Phone: +1-613-832-0094
Fax: +1-613-832-4102


NANOSENSORS™ is convinced that this new structure will develop to the mutual benefit of its customers and the NANOSENSORS™ brand and therefore kindly asks its customers to transfer their confidence to its new distribution network.

About NanoAndMore Corp.:

NanoAndMore USA was founded in 2005 by NanoWorld Holding AG and George McMurtry, formerly a founder and vice president of Quesant Instrument Corporation, one of the oldest AFM manufacturers. The corporation headed by George McMurtry as CEO is situated in Beaufort, South Carolina.

NAM is the first distributor of AFM probes to sell them in premounted formats for those AFM systems that require them (such as Quesant Instrument and older Park Scientific systems), as well as just the probes themselves. This allows the end user to have a second source (or primary source) of necessary premounted tips and adds the flexibility of a complete range of premounts from the budget conscious Budget Sensors line to the premier NanoWorld™ and NANOSENSORS™ probes.

NAM USA also sells other surface analysis products such as the Scanning Probe Image Processor from Image Metrology, Vibration Isolation equipment from Minus-K and Digital Holographic Microscopes from Lyncée Tec and will be adding additional products in the future. Anything except AFMs will be considered.