Advanced Technologies Center: the first 25 years
The main activities of the enterprise are the development of scanning probe microscopes, the development of sensor technologies for molecular diagnostics for personalized medicine and the scientific researches. To date, the Center is a one-field company working in the field of experimental nanotechnology.
Already in 1990 the company produced its first product – the Scan 7 scanning tunneling microscope. In the following year were published the first scientific papers, and employees of the company has participated in leading international conferences on scanning probe microscopy in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.
In 1993 was sold the thirtieth microscope of Scan series and the Center has started to develop a new series of atomic force and tunneling microscope FemtoScan, which was completed on April 29, 1997 (in this day the first FemtoScan began to display clear images of atoms on the surface of materials). Also in 1997 were published the first Russian monographs on scanning probe microscopy. FemtoScan Online Software has gained popularity among specialists in scanning probe microscopy.
Among recent achievements is the development of high-speed multifunctional scanning probe microscope FemtoScan X. Now the feedback and transmission data frequency is 1 MHz. Mechanical system of this device is presented in fig.1.
The base model of the FemtoScan scanning probe microscope allows the measurement in more than 50 different modes. Its distinctive features are high reliability, ease of use, intuitive and user friendly software interface. FemtoScan is participant and winner of many international exhibitions (fig.2 and 3).
An important achievement of the past year is the launch and operationalization of the Nanotechnologies Youth innovation creativity centre (YICC). Now we teach the skills of scanning probe microscopy not only students and postgraduates, but also schoolchildren. So, after about five years in our company will come young and talented employees from among those schoolchildren who currently participate in workshops at the YICC. It should be noted that at the YICC schoolchildren can learn to work not only on scanning probe microscope (fig.4), but also to gain practical skills on a milling/engraving machine and 3D printer. The ATC-400 milling/engraving machine we demonstrated at the Metalworking-2015 international exhibition (fig.5).
In recent years we have close friendship and fruitful cooperation with the Nanoindustry Journal, which has helped us to talk about new projects and new devices, about interesting developments in nanotechnology and nanoindustry, about our achievements and successes.