News @ SCL-Sensor.Tech.


Microscopy and Analysis Cover: Article AFSEM 2017Our partner company GETec Microscopy and Nanosurf have published a new paper via Microscopy and Analysis 31(2): p14-18.

 

The AFSEM™ from Nanosurf/GETec provides a powerful new capability that joins the forces of AFM and SEM. AFM imaging in all the conventional AFM modes is now possible simultaneously under a SEM beam without disruption to either technique. Through its unique design and the use of Opens internal link in current windowSCL self-sensing cantilevers, the unit is the first cross-platform AFM that can be integrated into all major commercial SEMs. Opens internal link in current windowread more...

 



Our partner company GETec Microscopy has released a video about its first AFSEMTM webinar from 2017-March-15. Learn more about the leading solution for in-situ correlative AFM-SEM-EDX analysis. AFSEMTM uses self-sensing cantilevers from SCL-Sensor.Tech.

 

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2016-Dec.: Tipless Cantilevers

We have integrated new tipless cantilevers to our product portfolio and our website. They find their application in gas sensing, torque magnetometry, force sensing, etc. Opens internal link in current windowsee details...

 

 



Our partner company GETec Microscopy (Austria) and Nanosurf (Switzerland) have signed a comprehensive agreement on technology and sales cooperation. Opens external link in new windowread more...

 



2015, Dec: SCL products are available on AGAR Scientific website

Opens external link in new windowAGAR Scientific (specialised in support of all forms of microscopy consumables and equipment) has just now included SCL's self-sensing cantilever products to its website (follow the links "AFM & SPM" => "Self-Sensing Cantilever Probes"). This is an important milestone for SCL-Sensor.Tech.! We thank all of our partners for their support and collaboration!

 

 



2015, Nov. 30: SCL at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, USA

SCL at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, USA
SCL-Sensor.Tech. presented its self-sensing cantilevers at the MRS Fall Meeting exhibition in Boston (USA). In addition, Dr. Christian Schwalb presented latest results for the self-sensing cantilever in "Correlated AFM & SEM Microscopy of Nanostructured Materials" in combination with Opens external link in new windowAFSEMTM to leading scientists in the course of the Symposium "Frontiers in Scanning Probe Microscopy". Opens external link in new windowread more...

 

 


2015, Nov 25: Press article on der Standard.at

On Nov. 15 the Austrian well-known newspaper "Der Standard" has published an article about SCL's self-sensing cantilevers implemented on a GETec Microscopy's AFSEMTM scanner integrated in an SEM under vacuum conditions. The article was puplished in the "Forschung Spezial" category.

 

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2015 Okt.: Installed AFSEM(TM) Scanner in USA/Berkeley uses SCL self-sensing cantilevers in a SEM under vacuum

The Department of Nuclear Engineering from the Berkeley University of California has installed some very exciting new equipment this month. An AFSEMTM scanner from GETec Microscopy (Austria) was installed within a SEM. The scanner uses SCL's self-sensing cantilevers with electrical readout circumventing the lack of space for optical readout within the SEM. The combination of SEM and AFM allows access to different properties at the same location of a specimen. Currently AFM topography and phase imaging is available in combination with SE and BSE detection of electrons from the SEM.

 

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2015 Okt: SCL and FELMI awarded with ACR-Price 2015

SCL is proud to announce, that the Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis of the TU Graz (Opens external link in new windowFELMI-ZFE) and SCL won the ACR-price 2015 (ACR...Austrian Cooperative Research). FELMI-ZFE and SCL have developed a novel self-sensing probe type for atomic force microscopy. By using a 3D nano-printing method called FEBID new tip functionalities and geometries were achieved for our self-sensing cantilevers. This new probes will be integrated on SCL’s product portfolio in Q1/2016. We thank all of our partners for the fruitful cooperation and are looking forward for further success stories!

 

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2015, June: New publication: SCL cantilevers for gas parameter measurements

A customer of SCL published a paper about using SCL cantilevers in measurements of gas parameter. Main author: Anastasios Badarlis, Title: "Measurement and Evaluation of the Gas Density and Viscosity of Pure Gases and Mixtures Using a Micro-Cantilever Beam" (Opens external link in new windowfull paper text). We thank the author very much for this high-quality paper and the impressive demonstration of SCL cantilevers in this interesting application!

 

 



Nov 5, 2014: Vienna Innovation Award MERCUR 2014

SCL has won the Vienna award for Innovation MERCUR 2014! The new president of the Vienna economic chamber (WKW) Mr. Walter Ruck honored the development achievements of SCL at its self sensing cantilever sensor technology during the last few years. With this new full electronic technology (independent from any optics) completely new AFM applications are possible. SCL thanks all scientific and industry partners who enabled this joint success in cooperation with SCL!
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Oct. 2014: Prototype of a novel self sensing cantilever; EU project FALCON

SCL and its six partner organisations have developed a novel self sensing cantilever based on a patented technology with nano-granular tunnelling resistors (NTR) as sensor elements during the EU FP7 project ALBICAN. The following project FALCON aims now for bringing this cantilever type to the market. This novel type of electric sensor removes the need for optical laser detection of the cantilever deflection. It increases the usability of the cantilever, saves laser adjusting time and freeing up the space above the cantilever for e.g. combined AFM/SEM techniques. In the following PDF (page 37, FFG Fokus, 08/2014) you can download an article (in German) about the FALCON project with an image of the NTR-cantilever. Initiates file downloadPDF

 

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May 21, 2014: Super-Q Cantilevers / Video "From science to product" (copy 1)

SCL has started its new project "SuperQ"-Cantilever in cooperation with the Vienna University of Technology (Institue ISAS/MST) in Feb. 2014. The aim is to develop new cantilevers and electronics to control the Q-factor of the cantilever. With this technology higher scan rates in vacuum can be achieved. The consortium has gained an award of 15.000 € for the best evaluated project of the call "From Science to Products 2013".

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April 4, 2014: Lange Nacht der Forschung

SCL has presented its new research project "Super-Q Cantilever" at the Vienna event "Lange Nacht der Forschung" in cooperation with ResearchTUb GmbH. The aim of Super-Q is to accelerate the imaging scan rate of an atomic force microscopy scanner under vacuum conditions. To reach this goal the oscillation behaviour (Q-factor) of a self sensing cantilever must be controlled by an additional electronic system. Many interested visitors had a look at the high-tech setup, which will be used for the development of the Super-Q system.


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Image - SCL presents the project "Super-Q Cantilever" at the event "Lange Nacht der Forschung"



Dec 1, 2013: New headquater of SCL-Sensor.Tech. is now located in the "Seestadt Aspern"

SCL Sensor.Tech. Fabrication GmbH has relocated its headquarter from Tech Gate Vienna to the large new city district "Seestadt Aspern". The new headquarter in the technology center Aspern IQ with office and laboratories on an area of 200 m2 offers SCL a modern infrastructure as well as research and development-oriented institutions.

 



April, 25 2013: Houska Award 2013: 3rd Place for SCL project partner JKU-Institute for Biophysics

On Thursday, 25 April 2013 the 2013 Houska Awards were presented to selected winners. Biophysic experts of our project partner Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) won the excellent 3rd place for the joint project INTELLITIP. In this collaborative Project JKU and SCL have developed ultra-sensitive, stable and easy to-handle sensors for atomic force microscopy. The Houska award is Austria's largest private research award since 2005 and a total of approximately 2.2 million euros was paid in the last eight years for industrial research. Opens external link in new windowlink to JKU



Feb, 13 2013: Demonstration of active Cantilevers @ Winterschool 2013 in Linz

SCL self-sensing and active HSA cantilevers were successfully integrated into a commercial AFM setup and demonstrated at the Winterschool 2013 in Linz, Austria (in advance to the XV. annual Linz Winter Workshop 2013). The joint project between the Center for advanced Bioanalysis (CBL) in Linz and SCL-Sensor.Tech. has been started a few weeks ago. The aim is to upgrade a commercial AFM system with SCL's self-sensing/active cantilevers in such a way as to make TREC (Topography and RECognition imaging) and force spectroscopy measurements in liquids without the need of optical readout and optics. poster: Initiates file download(pdf)



Sept, 1 2011: FP7 EU project ALBICAN has started

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SCL-Sensor.Tech. has successfully started the FP7 EU project Opens external link in new windowALBICAN (High-Speed All Electric BIo-CANtilevers, Grant# 286146, Duration: 2 years) as coordinator. This project aims to develop small and soft cantilevers with a novel integrated electric read-out for the cantilever deflection signal. The sensor elements are nano-granular tunneling resistors (NTR), which are fabricated with a mask-less writing technique. This novel type of electric sensor removes the need for optical laser detection of the cantilever deflection which increases the usability of the cantilever, saves laser adjusting time and freeing up the space above the cantilever for e.g. combined AFM techniques.


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March 2010: Cantilevers from SCL-Sensor.Tech. enable breakthrough in bacterial research

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used cantilevers developed by SCL-Sensor.Tech. to image the killing of bacteria by peptide antibiotics in real time with high speed Atomic Force Microscopy. “This paper is a highly significant advance in the state-of-the-art imaging of cellular processes,” says Prof Paul Hansma, a physics professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara who has been developing AFM technology for 20 years and was not involved in the research.

 

 


January 2010: "Intellitip"

Research project within the program line "transnational projects" of the Austrian NANO Initiative for the development of functionalized ultra-sensitive and stable AFM bio-sensor tips.

  • Partners: Johannes Kepler University Linz (Institute of Biophysics), Comenius University Bratislava (Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics), Slovac Acaemy of Sciences (Institute of Animal Biochemistry and Genetics), University of Tampere, Orion Diagnostica Oy (Finland), ArcDia International Oy (Finland).


March 2009: "Video Cantilever"

Research project within the EFRE-TNA2008 program for the development of small MHz-cantilevers.

  • Partners: Technical University Ilmenau, S3 Solutions GmbH (Germany), Austrian Institute of Technology (Nano Systems), Lviv Polytechnic National University ((Ukraine)


March 2009: "FABICAN"

Research project within the Austrian NANO Iinitiative (Cluster NSI - Nanostructures Surfaces and Interfaces) for the development of active cantilevers for fast AFM measurements in biophysics applications.


January 2009: "CantiSen"

Research project within the German ZIM-program for cooperations of SME's for the development of a novel analytical instrument for the measurement of the activity of water ("aW-Wert") based on a multi-parameter cantilever array.

  • Partners: IL Metronic Sensortechnik GmbH, ETG Entwicklungs- und Technologiegesellschaft mbH Ilmenau, Technical University Ilmenau


Oct. 2006: SCL-Sensor.Tech. moves into new facility

We are happy to announce that we now have new production space in the APZ-Ilmenau in Germany.

 

 

 


June 2006: SCL-Sensor.Tech. releases joint product with Techproject Partner Company

SCL-Sensor.Tech. and the Vienna based company Techproject release their first joint product. Two years of development resulted in a high speed piezo drive amplifier optimized for driving piezo stacks, the curently preferred actuators in high speed AFM development.

 


May 2006: SCL-Sensor.Tech. receives Funding from ZIT-Center for Innovation and Technology

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The Vienna based Center for Innovation and Technology (ZIT-Zentrum für Innovation und Technologie) awards SCL-Sensor.Tech. a grant to develop sensors for high speed Atomic Force Microscopy

 


January 14, 2006: Grant

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SCL-Sensor.Tech. receives a grant from Austrian Forschungs Förderungs Gesellschaft for development of intelligent small cantilevers.

 

 

 


August 2005: 2. place i2b businessplan competition

SCL-Sensor.Tech. receives national recognition for being the second best startup in 2005 by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.