Powerful and affordable add-on for AFM systems.
Extend the application scope of your atomic force microscope with our FluidFM ADD-ON
The FluidFM ADD-ON greatly boosts the performance and application range of atomic force microscopes (AFMs) beyond imaging and force spectroscopy. Take advantage of 10x faster single cell force spectroscopy, create patterns by nanoprinting at sub-micrometer resolution, inject liquids into cells or extract material from them. All possible now with your Bruker, JPK and Nanosurf AFM thanks to our FluidFM ADD-ON.
Add the FluidFM modes to your AFM to explore new applications
Our hollow FluidFM probes exist in a variety of tip shapes, aperture sizes and mechanical specifications, specifically designed to enable three basic modes. With those three modes and the combinations thereof, innovative new applications in neuroscience, virology, mechanobiology or cell line development become possible.
Pick & Place
Grab and relocate single cells and other micro-sized objects.
Injection & Sampling
Inject into and extract from single cells. With the possibility to quantify the injected or extracted volume.
Dispense the tiniest amount of liquid. In air or in immersion.
Optimized & easy to set up
FluidFM ADD-ON system parts
Custom FluidFM probe holder assuring safe, tight, and reliable mounting of FluidFM probes.
FluidFM microfluidics control system to aspirate or release liquids through the FluidFM probe.
Barcode reader to access all relevant probe characteristics, most importantly a unique SEM image of every probe.
A dedicated fluorescence camera with a digital cantilever filling assistant.
FluidFM CORA software, which gives convenient access and control to all components.
Optimized FluidFM probes
Our hollow FluidFM probes exist in a variety of tip shapes, aperture sizes and mechanical specifications, specifically designed to enable a variety of applications – from mechanobiology, and neuroscience to nanoprinting. The adapter of our FluidFM probes is tailored to the geometrical and physical requirements of the specific AFM.
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Easy & fast installation
The installation is quick and easy: The FluidFM ADD-ON is set up in 20 minutes with the help of the video on the right.
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The FluidFM ADD-ON solutions have been developed in cooperation with our AFM partner companies. This allowed us to carefully consider the geometrical and physical needs of both the FluidFM parts as well as the specific AFM system.
It is a great pleasure to see how much momentum the FluidFM has gained in the scientific community. It astounds me how many different FluidFM applications have been already demonstrated, and still think there is much more to explore both technologically (probes, electrical signals, combination with other instruments) and scientifically (biophysical questions), which is where we are focusing our efforts at ETH.
FluidFM has provided us the chance to detach mammalian cells that were very strongly adhered to the substrate, in a systematic way and without any chemical modification of the cantilever; thus, allowing us to study cell behaviour in their natural state and environment.
FluidFM allows my team to efficiently capture adhesive forces of microbial pathogens and screen for new anti-adhesion molecules. I believe that FluidFM has the potential to shed much light onto anti-microbial strategies.