Nanosurf announces the acquisition of Scuba Probe Technologies


In January 2021, Nanosurf acquired Scuba Probe Technologies. The acquisition underlines Nanosurf’s dedication to the clean energy challenge that requires understanding of nanoscale electrochemical phenomena.

“The acquisition of Scuba Probe Technologies will allow us to offer complete solutions for electrochemical measurements in fast growing markets like battery research, fuel cells, renewable energies, corrosion, surface coating, catalysis and biological processes. We have planned to invest significant resources in hardware, software and application development to provide a leading range of measurement solutions including AFM, probes, sample holders, and measurement systems”, comments Dr. Urs Matter, CEO of Nanosurf. The technology and expertise of Scuba Probe Technologies complements Nanosurf’s development of the full range of nano-electrical characterization tools including advanced KPFM (Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy) and SMM (Scanning Microwave Microscopy) methods.

Scuba Probe Technologies was awarded prestigious Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. The technology was rapidly adapted by numerous research laboratories worldwide. “Scuba has always been dedicated to empower researchers and scientists in accelerating nanoscience research in liquids. Combining the expertise of Nanosurf and Scuba, we can now offer a streamlined, easy to use solution to perform advanced electrochemical experiments.” comments Dr. Dominik Ziegler, former CEO of Scuba Probe Technologies and currently CTO of Nanosurf.

Production of electrochemical probes will be transitioned from Berkeley, California to Switzerland and be made available for purchase in the Nanosurf web shop in the near future. Since it was founded in 1997, Nanosurf has become one of the most trusted and established AFM brands in the market and the acquisition of Scuba Probe Technologies is one of many strategic projects that are in the pipeline to advance innovation of atomic force microscopy.

Scuba’s US Patent is released!


Scuba Probe Technologies’ US patent for electrical connection to the AFM tip has been released! See the full patent here.


Scuba visits Capitol Hill


Alongside the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), Scuba Probe Technologies discussed energy appropriations and the importance of SBA and SBIR funding with federal agency officials, Congressional committee staff, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

UC Berkeley students join a Scuba-led Capstone project


Three UC Berkeley students are starting their Capstone Project at Scuba Probe Technologies.

Scuba Probe joins the Citris Foundry Cohort


Scuba Probe joins the CITRIS Foundry Innovation Incubator. CITRIS provides a dedicated co-working space and mentors for creating road maps in technology, marketing, and team organization.

Learn more about the CITRIS Foundry here.

Scuba gives an invited talk at the IEEE Nanotechnology Council


Our co-founder, Dr. Dominik Ziegler was invited to give a talk at the IEEE Nanotechnology Council

Scuba participates in SLAM


Hosted by UC Berkeley, Scuba Probe Technologies was invited to participate in a seminar/workshop for Science Leadership and Management (SLAM).

Our Plug-and-Play Solution for using SPT-EL on the Bruker Multimode

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Our SPT-EL cantilevers are compatible with most commercial AFMs. We have custom solutions for a variety of platforms including the Bruker Multimode. For more details click here.


Scuba participates in LINC


Scuba Probe participated in the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association’s newest program LINC (Lab-Industry Network Connection). Our co-founder, Paul Ashby, shared his experience with our company and was a panelist for the event.