Due to their unique geometry the tips of the are more susceptible to tip damage by electrostatic discharge (ESD) than other Silicon-SPM-Probes.
Electric fields near the probe chip may lead to field evaporation which can blunt the tip apex of the probe tip. Therefore the NANOSENSORS™ are shipped in specially designed ESD-safe chip carriers.
NANOSENSORS™ recommends to their customers to take appropriate precautions to avoid tip damage due to electrostatic discharge when handling the probes. This can for example be done by using anti-electrostatic mats, wrist bands and tweezers.