The new Chiaro Nanoindenter


Compatible with microscopes

The Chiaro Nanoindenter is designed to be compatible with almost any inverted microscope to enable the simultaneous practice of advanced microscopy and micro-mechanical characterization.

Features Chiaro Nanoindenter

The Chiaro Nanoindenter is engineered with flexibility in mind. Due to the almost limitless mounting options and low footprint of our nanoindentation probes, the Chiaro can be combined with many microscopes or other optical set-ups, even simultaneous with other instruments such as electrophysiology equipment, patch clamping instruments, perfusion or heating stage chambers, and many more!

Standard versus dynamic

The standard version of the Piuma and Chiaro Nanoindenter includes all the tools required for performing displacement-controlled experiments, including automatically mapping the micro-mechanical properties of surfaces. The Piuma and Chiaro Nanoindenter are available with a dynamic module, expanding the modes of operation with load-, indentation-, and frequency control.



Young’s Modulus range 5 Pa up to 5 GPa
Probe stiffness range 0.01 N/m up to 10 kN/m
Probe tip shape Spherical or cylindrical
Probe tip size 5 µm up to 500 µm
Maximum displacement stroke 20 µm
Min. force resolution 20 picoNewton
Sample stage travel 12 mm X 12 mm (X-Y)
Lateral mapping resolution > 1 µm
Mapping speed Up to 2 points / second
Motorized Z-travel 12 mm
Manual Z-stage travel 5 cm
Built-in camera magnification 10 X
Modes of operation Displacement / Load* / Indentation*
Dynamic analysis* 0.1 Hz* / 1 Hz* / 10 Hz*
In-software analysis Young’s Modulus (Hertz / O&P)
Data output format Tab separated text files, BMP


Product characteristics


The heart of the instrument: a micromechanical all-optical indentation probe


The Chiaro can be combined with almost all inverted microscopes


Map your samples using the 12 · 12 · 12 mm X-Y-Z movement range


A coarse-fine stage allows accurate indentation and automatic surface finding


To create room for samples and sample containers of any dimension


Designed for high flexibility and performance

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