On May 27th 2010 the Federal Russian Competition "Russian Innovations" presented their awards. The Scanning Probe Microscope SOLVER NEXT manufactured by the global nanotech producer NT-MDT Co. won the Grand Prix of the competition. The main goal of the competition is to announce and promote new innovative products, systems and tools in Russia and worldwide.
The Competition "Russian Innovations" is 9 years old. It is held by authoritative Russian media holding "Expert". The partners of the event are the main nanoorganizations in the country "RUSNANO" and "RUSATOM". The competition is an essential part of Russian innovation and nanotechnology development program. It plays a very important role in launching and promoting new high-tech developments in Russia and worldwide. Getting publicity to nanodevelopers and producers, the event increases investing rate in nanosector. Moreover, the competition helps to expertise new tools and ideas and to select only perspective ones. So, it raises the confidence rate of the nanosector in Russia.
The Scanning Probe Microscope SOLVER NEXT has secured the Grand Prix of the "Russian Innovations-2010". Its producer, NT-MDT Co. calls it "the company's state-of-the-art development". This tool offers both atomic force (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) under one hood. This enables researchers to gain results in the fastest time, excellent performance, increased accuracy, high reliability and unprecedented ease-of-use with no loss of resolution. The flexible, sleek and functional system incorporates smart software, automated head exchange, and motorized sample positioning under video monitored control. This allows for high quality images without the need for specially trained operators.
The system has closed-loop sensors to compensate for inherent piezoelectric imperfections such as scan non-linearity, creep and hysteresis. With two additional removable heads for operating in liquid environments and nanoindentation one has the freedom to work with a variety of samples, measuring modes and conditions. The SOLVER NEXT has an advanced controller with a vast library of scripts and both Mac and Windows compatibilities. The result is an image-friendly operating system well-suited to large file, 3-dimensional mathematics and manipulation.
So, the tool is designed to meet a researcher's current and future needs. This innovative device at the forefront of scientific research opens up new paths of study in different fields of nanotechnology, providing all user levels with a full range of conventional SPM measuring techniques (such as topography, phase imaging, nanolithography and more). SOLVER NEXT provides a robust, diverse, and economic solution for universities, industrial, routine biological and pharmaceutical labs. It makes AFM and STM accessible to a broader audience, even offering a special iPhone
TM applet for simple image analysis and image sharing.