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UNISOKU Newsletter 2024

UNISOKU Newsletter 2024

Notice of Year-end and New Year holidays NEW

Dear customers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
Our office will be closed from December 28, 2023 (Thu.) to January 3, 2024 (Wed.) for the year-end and New Year holidays.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

We will resume hour business hours from 9:00 a.m. on January 4, 2024 (Thursday).

Notice of Summer holidays NEW

UNISOKU will be closed for summer holidays during the following period.
August 11 (Fri., National Holiday) - 16 (Wed.)
We will resume our business hours from August 17 (Thu).
Thank you.

Dr. Toshihiko Nagamura, Founder and 1st President of UNISOKU, passed away.

Dr. Toshihiko Nagamura, Founder and 1st President of UNISOKU, passed away on June 17th (Saturday) at the age of 86.
We will thank the patronage of his lifetime and respectfully inform you.

UNISOKU Newsletter 2023

UNISOKU Newsletter 2023
  • The full interview with Dr. Naoya Aizawa from Osaka University is available here.
  • The expanded version of the Unisoku Gourmet Map is available here.
  • Please find the artist introduction for the cover artwork here.

  • UNISOKU has announced the development of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) that achieves ultrafast time-resolved measurements at the nanoscale.

    UNISOKU collaborated with Professor Hidemi Shigekawa and his team from the Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the University of Tsukuba to develop a time-resolved STM system by combining the optical pump-probe method and STM.

    Notice of Year-end and New Year holidays NEW

    Dear our valued customers
    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
    Our head office will be closed from December 29, 2022 (Thu.) to January 4, 2023 (Wed.) for the year-end and New Year holidays.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

    We will be open from 9:00 a.m. (JST) on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
    We appreciate your kind understanding.

    A paper is published in Review of Scientific Instruments

    A paper about the prototype system of USM1800 (our first liquid-helium-free UHV-SPM) published in Review of Scientific Instruments.

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2022

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2022

    Notice of our office closure NEW

    UNISOKU office will be closed following the dates due to the end of the year holiday.

    2021 Dec 29 Wed. - 2022 Jan 3 Mon.

    In 2022, we will restart our business on Jan 4 Tue.

    Thank you for your kind understandings.
    Wishing you a great year and holiday!

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2021

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2021

    Notice of our office closure NEW

    UNISOKU office will be closed following the dates due to the end of the year holiday.

    2020 Dec 30 Wed. - 2021 Jan 4 Mon.

    In 2021, we will restart our business on Jan 5 Tue.

    Thank you for your kind understandings.
    Wishing you a great year and holiday!

    Regarding extension of state of emergency over COVID-19 

    State of emergency due to COVID-19 has been extended till May 31 by Japanese government.
    Government continuously requests us to refrain from going out.

    Upon state of emergency extension and request to stay home by Osaka prefecture,
    UNISOKU will continuously encourage our employees to work from home as much as possible.
    However, employees who are engaged in production or need to work at office still continue to commute so that our production function will not drop down.
    Please note that this extension of state of emergency does not largely effect on our operation.

    We have been pausing visit work including repair and installation.
    Instead, we will support you through Email or any other ways remotely.

    Although it may cause you inconvenience, we appreciate your kind understanding.

    Thank you,
    Best Regards,

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2020

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2020

    Coronavirus (Covid -19) Customer information

    Dear our valued customers,

    First of all, our thought is with those who contracted COVID-19 and anyone who surrounds them.
    UNISOKU would like to announce that possible effects due to COVID-19.

    At present, UNISOKU has been working normally. However, many countries ban entry from Japan or they limit activities of travelers from Japan after entry.
    Thus, we are unfortunately unable to provide you of visit work for repair or maintenance in oversea at this moment.
    We will do our best to provide you of support through Emails or Internet connection.
    Although this might cause you inconvenience, we appreciate your understanding.
    Thank you,
    Best regards,

    Published on "Doraemon Science World @ Future Life"

    Our STM product has been published on "Doraemon Science World @ Future Life"
    of a Japanese publisher, Shogakukan.
    Released on January 27, 2020


    Notice of our office closure NEW

    UNISOKU office will be closed following the dates due to the end of the year holiday.

    2019 Dec 28 Sat. - 2020 Jan 5 Sun.

    In 2020, we will restart our business on Jan 6 Mon.

    Thank you for your kind understandings.
    Wishing you a great year and holiday!

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2019

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2019

    Published papers

    Introduction page for published papers using UNISOKU systems opened.

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2018

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2018

    Inaguration address

    If links to Japanese version of inaguration address for now, since we are drawing up English version.

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2017

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2017

    for crossword answers, take a look at here

    Published in Asahi newspaper—"latent power of Kinki district"

    An article of UNISOKU appeared in Asahi newspaper for Kinki/Osaka area titled "latent power of Kinki district".

    • Ultra High Vacuum Low temperature Probe Microscope. Magnification is 1 million.
    • Looking into the world of atoms by tracing surfaces of samples using extremely fine tip of the needle.
    • Cooling down the sample surface almost absolute zero temperature under the vacuum to stop vibration, then the shape and the performance of molecules and atoms are observed.
    • 50 milion to 100 million JPY per system. 80 % is for export. Market share number one with several hundreds of install base.
    • Management Philosophy are "Contributing to innovation of Science" and "Aiming No. 1 in nanotech measurement"

    Tokyo Instruments Inc. received "Special Award" in "The 14th Courageous Management Award"

    Tokyo Instruments Inc. was awarded a special prize hosted by "The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry" and "FujiSankei Business i." for "14th grand prize honored as courageous management".
     Front page of FujiSankei Business i. daily issue 21319 September 21, 2016
     Forth page of the NIKKAN KOGYO SHIMBUN-Newspaper September 21, 2016


    Second factory completed

    Our second factory was completed on company property.

    • Ground-floor area 30m x 13m.
    • Two-storied, the first floor is open ceiling structure with pits, ecological structure.
    • Production capacity of more than two times (ratio to convention)
    • Improved work environment.

    Outlook Outlook Wellhole in 1st floor Wellhole in 1st floor

    An article about UNISOKU's export expansion was published on NIKKEI newspaper dated June 6, 2016.

    "Analytical/Measurement instruments expanding toward China/India"

    Boosted by R & D investment increase among emerging countries, UNISOKU expands the export of special microscopes used for R & D.
    Expected annual sales of 2015 fiscal year will be 1.15 billion JPY that is twice compared with 2011.

    Foreign students who used UNISOKU systems in Japan, continues to use them even after going back to their own countries, leading researcher outside Japan purchased UNISOKU systems and the results were published in leading science magazines every year.
    Finely-resolved images were taken and UNISOKU receives orders from China and Europe continuously.

    Published in OPTRONICS

    An article about building UNISOKU's new workshop is published in OPTRONICS, May 2016 issue.

    OPTRONICS publish

    Article about UNISOKU's new workshop is on The Nikkei, March 21, 2016

    UNISOKU is constructing a new workshop for precise specialized microscopes.

    Completion is planned at the end of July, adjacent to the head office. Besides domestic needs, UNISOKU will answer the needs for emerging nations such as China and India, for researches of high functional materials and nanotechnology. The total floor area of new workshop will be about 500m², and annual productivity will be more than 40 systems. UNISOKU will produce the new microscope which is transferred from a German company in November 2015.

    UNISOKU decided to build a new factory for probe microscopes

    UNISOKU will build a new factory (second factory) next to the head quarter in order to improve the quality and the product capacity of UHV scanning probe microscopes. It is planned to complete by the end of July, 2016. The new factory has four pits facilities capable of assembling UHV-STM with mK-Vector magnet configuration. It has a space for manufacturing 6 systems at a time, aiming improvement of work efficiency and high quality shipping inspection structure. We will make further efforts to realize short delivery time and stable system start up.

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2016

    UNISOKU Newsletter 2016

    Published on OPTRONICS

    An article about UNISOKU is published in OPTRONICS (2016) No.1.
    SPECS has 146 employees and 4 billion yen sales.
    "UNISOKU of analysis instrument, obtained microscope business from a German company"

    optronics optronics

    Transition of JT-STM released from Nikkei Sangyo Shinbun on November 17, 2015

    Scientific Instruments maker, UNISOKU, acquired Microscope business from German company
    Leading edge technologies in UNISOKU's hand

    UNISOKU acquired the right to manufacture and sell JT-STM from SPECS, German company, and expects 200 million to 300 million JPY increase of sales.

    SPECS will manufacture and sell JT-STM for the orders from universities and research institutes already confirmed at this point. For the orders received from Nov. 2015, UNISOKU will manufacture and sell regardless of domestic or abroad.

    President Suruga from UNISOKU commented "The time to compete and waste energy is over. The key to survival is to concentrate on a strong field"

    JT-STM transferred from SPECS


    Unisoku now collaborates with SPECS Surface Nano Analysis GmbH, a major supplier of surface analysis instrumentation from Germany. SPECS's Joule Thompson Scanning Probe Microscope (JT-SPM) will be completely transferred to Unisoku.

    The transition of SPECS's main products, low temperature SPM, which includes SPM head with optical access in low temperature and high magnetic measurement, expands the choice of UNISOKU Product line for UHV, Ultra low Temp and High Magnetic field measurement. Both SPECS and UNISOKU will concentrate on their own strengths.

    A New Slogan for TII Group "Mutual Satisfaction"

    TII Group LOGO

    TII Group has "Mutual Satisfaction, Coexistence, win-win, partnership" relationship with customers, suppliers and employees. We wish to grow and step forward in harmony with you.


    UNISOKU Logo is renewed as well.

    Renewal of message from CEO and recruitment

    "Message from CEO" under Company Profile is renewed.
    "Recruitment" page is now opened.

    Published in Nature Chemistry
    Peking University Prof. Kai Wu

    Assembling molecular Sierpinski triangle fractals

    A research paper is published in Nature Chemistry, about assembling molecular Sierpinski triangle fractals.
    This work is achieved by UNISOKU UHV Low Temperature STM system USM-1200S.

    "Assembling molecular Sierpinski triangle fractals"
    Jian SHang, Yangfeng Wang, Min Chen, Jingxin Dai, Xiong Zhou, Julian Kutter, Gerhard Hilt, Xiang Shao, J. Michael Gottfried and Kai Wu

    SKLSCUSS, BNLMS, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China.
    Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices, Department of Electronics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China.
    Fachbereich Chemie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Hans-Meerwein-Strasse, Marburg 35032, Germany.
    Department of Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China.
    SPURc, 1 CREATE Way, #15-01, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602, Singapore

    NATURE CHEMISTRY VOL 7 | MAY 2015, Pages: 389-393
    Date published: March 30, 2015
    DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.2211

    UNISOKU-TII Instruments Co., LTD (our subsidiary) is accepted as a group member from Beijing Import and Export Enterprise Association

    Our subsidiary, UNISOKU-TII Instruments Co., Ltd., is accepted as a group member from Beijing Import and Export Enterprise association. By this, we will receive support about import/exportation, and custom clearance will be faster. We will strive to improve customer satisfaction.

    Chosen for JST leading measurement

    Research development subject
    "Development of RIPT method, a novel transient absorption measurement method"
    is chosen for "instrument development type" for JST's 2014 research result development business (program for leading measurement, analysis technology and instrument development)
    JST leading measurement logo

    Posster Presentation

    • UNISOKU did a poster presentation at Annual meeting on Photochemistry 2014 (October 11-13, 2014 at Hokkaido University)
      New Sub nanosecond transient absorption measurement method and evaluation

      Contact us at if you desire to see this poster in details.

    • UNISOKU did a poster presentation at the 64th conference of Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry (September 18-20, 2014 at Chuo University)
      Development and comparison of novel transient absorption measurement method covering sub nanosecond to millisecond

    Published on Biophysical, October 2014

    The article "Development of time analysis total reflection ultra-red spectroscopy method by theory/experimentation of rapid exchange method of buffer solution" is published on Biophysical Vol. 54 No.5 (October 2014). This article is written with Associate Professor Yuji Furutani from Institute for Molecular Science, and Professor Kimura from RIKEN.

    This paper is free to read online at The Biophysical Society of Japan Website

    Exhibition at The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation

    UNISOKU is introduced as "Kinki block" of Global niche top 100 companies, in the special exhibition "brilliant and awarded companies".

    Site: The Entrepreneurial Museum of Challenge and Innovation
    Dates: September 2, 2014 to November 28, 2014. (closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays)

    Please refer to Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry website for detail.

    Published on OPTRONICS, May 2014

    An article about Global Niche Top 100 companies is on May 2014 issue of OPTRONICS.

    optical companies are selected among this…UNISOKU of TII group is chosen, for their UHV SPM systems, in electronics section (excerpt from the article)

    OPTRONICS cover OPTRONICS article

    Chosen as a "GLOBAL NICHE TOP 100" company

    Unisoku Co., Ltd. is chosen as a "GLOBAL NICHE TOP 100" company from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, in recognition of the considerable efforts to promote global marketing and excellent business operation. These companies will be supported by means of "Japan Revitalization Strategy". We appreciate your continuous support.

    Award certificate (Japanese) Award certificate (English) Award certificate (Glass)

    UNISOKU-TII Instruments Co., LTD received "China Core Suppliers" Award

    Our subsidiary company, UNISOKU-TII Instruments Co., Ltd. received "China Core Suppliers Award" from Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, for stable growth and superior business performance.


    UHV FIB/SEM Column

    UNISOKU form a technical alliance with a French company - ORSAY PHYSICS and start providing high space resolution FIB/SEM column for UHV.

    Published in Nature

    A research paper is published in Nature, about chemical mapping of a single molecule by Plasmon-enhance Raman scattering with spatial resolution below 1 nm. This work is achieved by UNISOKU UHV Ultra Low Temperature SPM system USM1400 Series (Custom-made model).

    "Chemical mapping of a single molecule by plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering"
    R. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Z. C. Dong, S. Jiang, C. Zhang, L. G. Chen, L. Zhang, Y. Liao, J. Aizpurua, Y. Luo, J. L. Yang & J. G. Hou
    Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
    Nature 498, Pages: 82-86
    Date published: June 6, 2013

    30mk Ultra-Low Temperature High Magnetic Field STM System

    An article about UNSOKU 30mk Ultra low temperature High magnetic field STM system is published on 7th page of the Nikkei, August 22, 2012.

    30mk Ultra-Low Temperature High Magnetic Field STM System

    UNISOKU developed a STM useful for analyzing magnetic structure of magnetic materials. This new STM is ultra-low temperature (30mk) and able to make high magnetic field (16T). Atoms stop moving when cooled down to 100mk, and align to same direction. By adding magnetic field, you can observe atoms spinning the other way. The evaluation under ultra-low temperature and high magnetic field is useful for development of elements under room temperature. The price will be around one hundred million yen. The sales will start within this year. (this is a summary based on the article written by UNISOKU)

    Completion of New Office Building

    A new office is built adjacent to the head office, in our premises, at the end of June 2012.

    New Building New Building
    • 1st floor: Working space for large STM system assembly (4 m high ceiling, two 2.5 m deep pits)
    • 2nd Floor: Space for manufacturing SPM probes and spectroscopic systems
    • Head-office factory: Renewed as analysis room and laser spectroscopic room
    • Overall, areas for manufacturing, development, and research has doubled.

    Published in Science

    A research paper, with data taken from UNISOKU's UHV Ultra Low Temperature and High Magnetic Field SPM System USM1300 Series, is published in Science.

    "The Coexistence of Superconductivity and Topological Order in the Bi2Se3 Thin Film"
    Mei-Xiao Wang et al.
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    Science 336, 52 (2012);
    DOI: 10.1126/science.1216466

    Published in Nature Materials

    A research paper is published in Nature Materials, which data is taken from UNISOKU's Low Temperature 4-probe System USM1400-4P (UNISOKU UHV-LT 4-probe, Low-Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope).

    UHV Ultra LT STM/AFM USM1400
    Atomic-scale transport in epitaxial grapheme
    Shuai-Hua Ji*, J. B. Hannon, R. M. Tromp, V. Perebeinos,
    J. Tersoff and F. M. Ross*
    IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
    Nature Materials Letters
    Published Online: November 20, 2011
    DOI: 10.1038/NMAT3170