NuNano is a UK-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of probes for atomic force microscopy and cantilever-based sensor devices. It was founded in 2011 by Dr James Vicary and Professors Heinrich Hoerber and Mervyn Miles to bring new manufacturing methods and exemplary levels of customer service to an industry broadly unchanged in 20 years.

Building on over 60 years of combined experience in atomic force microscopy, our proprietary microfabrication processes enable us to manufacture AFM probes with the tightest dimensional tolerances in the market at present. We are passionate about providing AFM users with the best possible customer service, from the first time you visit our website to storing your probes after a successful day on the microscope.

 

Our Team

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James Vicary

Co-founder & Managing Director

James has 14 years of experience in AFM, of which 9 were spent designing and manufacturing unique cantilever sensors for various research projects at the University of Bristol.

Seeing his microfabrication endeavours yielding new science led James to found NuNano, in order to bring novel AFM probes to the wider scientific community.

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Heinrich Hoerber

Co-founder & Director

Heinrich is an Emeritus Professor of Nanobiophysics at the University of Bristol. His research interests are focussed on scanning probe microscopy and high resolution optical instrumentation. Previous posts have included working with Prof. G Binnig, the co-inventor of the AFM, in Munich, and working at the European Molecular Laboratory in Heidelberg.

He has been granted several patents in scanning probe and optical techniques and has previous start-up experience with LifeBits AG, a venture specialising in DNA recognition using compact disc technology.

 
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Mervyn Miles

Co-founder & Director

Mervyn is Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol. His research over the last 25 years has focused on the development and application of new scanning probe microscopes, including the invention of two new types of high-speed AFM and the use of nanotools controlled by holographic optical tweezers to act as a new type of AFM probe.

Mervyn has also co-founded Infinitesima Ltd, to bring high-speed AFM to the semiconductor industry. He is also Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Institute of Physics Publishing and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) in 2011.

 
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Rick Chapman

Non-executive Chairman

Rick has over 30 years of experience in high-tech industries. After 5 years with Marconi, Rick spent 12 years at STMicroelectronics, holding a variety of international positions, including R&D Director (Semicustom) & Business Development Director (Microprocessors).

Since 2001, Rick has worked with several start-ups. He was a founding executive of SuperH Inc., an IP licensing company and, as VP of Business Development, delivered revenue growth from zero to $7m in two years. After a spell as CTO of Cobault Ltd, a CRM software company, he joined Spiral Gateway Ltd, a semiconductor start-up designing an innovative microprocessor architecture. As CTO of Reveal2me Ltd, he helped bring a disruptive content delivery platform for smart phones to market.

He is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at SETsquared Bristol and High Tech Sector Specialist for Invest Bristol & Bath.

 

NuNano is based in Bristol, UK, a city with a rich engineering heritage and exciting tech start-up scene.  We are proud members of the Bristol SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre located in Engine Shed next to Temple Meads station.  If you're in the area, do pop in for a coffee!

 
 
 

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