neaspec designs, manufactures and distributes advanced nanoscale optical imaging & spectroscopy microscopes.

The company was founded to revolutionize nanoscale analytics, with the ultimate goal to enable technological & scientific progress in every lab around the world.

Since November 2020, neaspec represents the business sector ‘Nanoscale Analytics‘ of attocube systems AG

neaspec has gained worldwide attention in the scientific community for inventing a series of breakthrough technologies in nanoscale analytics. Founded in 2007 by the world’s leading experts of near-field microscopy as a spin-off from the the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, neaspec’s engineers have developed the neaSNOM microscope, an easy-to-use optical near-field microscope platform using ground-breaking and patented optical background-filtering techniques.

neaSNOM combines the best of two worlds – the nanoscale resolution of atomic force microscopy (AFM) with the analytical power of visible, infrared and even THz imaging & spectroscopy. At a spatial resolution of only 10nm, the method only requires standard AFM sample preparation and is non-destructive. This opens a new era for modern nano-analytical applications such as chemical nano-identification (IR), nano-plasmonic field mapping (VIS & IR) or free charge carrier nano-mapping (THz).

First product launch in 2009

  • neaspec launches the 1st generation of the neaSNOM microscope based ground-breaking background-filtering techniques
  • detection module optimized for single-line lasers is launched allowing visible, infrared and even THz imaging with single-line lasers at 20nm spatial resolution

Innovations in 2010

  • The 2nd generation of the neaSNOM microscope is launched offering even better reliability & usability
  • The introduction of tunable single line IR-lasers based on QCLs allows imaging at different wavelength in the infrared fingerprint region at 20nm spatial resolution using the standard detection module
  • A new detection module optimized for broadband lasers is launched to allow Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) at 20nm spatial resolution. At this time, broadband IR-lasers are commercially not yet available, but experimental broadband IR-lasers proof that the technology works perfect and that it has a huge application potential across many disciplines
  • A transmissive illumination module for imaging is launched to analyse transparent samples in reflectivity-mode

Innovations in 2011

  • A new transmissive detection module for imaging is launched to analyse transparent samples in transmissive-mode
  • neaspec demonstrates that the spectroscopy detection module can be operated with a simple thermal light-source at 100nm spatial resolution. The first ultra-broad infrared spectra at the nanoscale are recorded for the first time and published in Nature Materials
  • The spatial resolution of the neaSNOM microscope is increased from 20nm to only 10nm to analyse even smaller structures

Innovations in 2012

  • For the first time, neaspec researchers observe plasmons on Graphene in real-space with the help of the neaSNOM imaging technology. The scientific work is published in Nature and is one of the most cited articles worldwide for Graphene today
  • neaspec introduces nano-FTIR and demonstrates that the neaSNOM microscope and its spectroscopy detection module can be used with a custom developed prototype broadband IR-laser to perform IR-spectroscopy at 20nm spatial resolution

Innovations in 2013

  • In collaboration with the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), neaspec demonstrates that the neaSNOM microscope can even be coupled to infrared synchrotron light-sources to perform nano-FTIR spectroscopy with nanoscale spatial resolution
  • neaspec researchers show that nano-FTIR is able to analyse and map the structure of individual protein complexes. This shows the high application potential of nano-FTIR in life-sciences. The scientific work is published in Nature Communications
  • neaspec wins two highly regarded awards for nano-FTIR: The Microscopy Today Innovation Award 2013 and the Step Award 2013 for best new product and technology

Innovations in 2014

  • neaspec developes together with a commercial laser manufacturer a fully-automated broadband IR-laser and introduces nano-FTIR in a complete, ready-to-use package of near-field microscope and broadband IR-laser. This opens a new era in modern analytical chemistry for every nano-analytical lab around the globe
  • neaspec introduces the modular housing design, which combines great flexibility with plug-and-play usability. It allows to upgrade the neaSNOM microscope with imaging & spectroscopy modes along with several illumination units ranging from VIS, NIR, MIR and even THz
  • neaspec patents and introduces high-speed optical holography (HOH) imaging mode. This new near-field imaging mode is the fastest available on the market while simultaneously delivering one order of magnitude better S/N image quality – A new dimension in superfast high-quality imaging
  • Researchers design ultra-sharp AFM-tips and show that the spatial resolution can be improved to only 3nm – a new world record
  • Researchers show that nano-FTIR can even be applied for ultrafast nano-spectroscopy to study processes with sub-cycle temporal resolution. The scientific work was published in nature photonics

Innovations in 2015

    • neaspec develops and introduces Ultrafast nano-FTIR, the commercial version of ultrafast nano-spectroscopy. Ultrafast nano-FTIR is a ready-to-use upgrade for nano-FTIR to enable pump-probe nano-spectroscopy at best-in-class spatial resolution
    • neaspec develops together with a commercial laser manufacturer THz-neaSNOM, a ready-to-use setup that combines THz-TDS with the neaSNOM microscope

Innovations in 2016

  • neaspec announces cryo-neaSNOM – the first system of it’s kind to enable and revolutionize near-field imaging & spectroscopy at cryogenic temperatures <10 Kelvin
  • neaspec improves the quality and measurement speed of nano-FTIR imaging & spectroscopy by more than an order of magnitude, setting the bar even higher as the fastest nanoscale near-field microscope with the highest imaging & spectroscopy quality on the market.

Innovations in 2017

  • neaspec announces as the first commercial manufacturer the integration of TERS in the neaSNOM microscope platform. This enables and revolutionizes correlative nanoscopy by offering two complementary optical imaging & spectroscopy methods at the nanoscale.
  • neaspec successfully delivers the first cryo-neaSNOM system to a customer and is proud that it even surpasses the ambitious technical specifications set at the start.

Innovations in 2018

  • neaspec introduces several new measurement-modes that cover the entire range of the most relevant optical, electronical and mechanical modes needed in nanoscale-analytics sciences.
  • neaspec  announces and patents the most powerful measurement-mode for nanoscale chemical-ID available on the market. It outperforms all other modes available on the market in terms of spatial resolution, measurement-speed and signal-noise sensitivity.

Innovations in 2019

  • neaspec announces a fully automatized upgrade of the neaSNOM  microscope platform that enables even inexperienced users to perform high quality measurements. The upgrade is ideal for shared-user facilities such as synchrotrons, university shared-labs, commercial service.labs etc.

neaspec is rapidly expanding globally and serves leading researchers and scientists in highly-regarded research labs around the globe. The unique expertise of our engineers guarantees not only the top performance of our microscope-systems, but also a professional service including on-site training and personalized customer support.

We will continue to deliver ground-breaking innovations for nanoscale optical imaging & spectroscopy to serve customer needs around the world.