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Our Go Green initiative ‘goes electric’!

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As sustainable travel becomes a more pressing global issue, we’ve taken action and made it a reality here at Plasma Technology with our Go Green initiative! Two recent initiatives have been put in place at the company near Bristol with the support of local authority, North Somerset Council. With over 100,000 electric vehicles now on …

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Processes

I got 99 problems, but an etch ain’t one

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Following my previous blog post I hope you have created a good etch mask…do not get me started again on masks…so what else do we need to consider? Well, when I was conducting research for my PhD, my supervisor said the first thing to do every day is to make a small sacrifice to the …

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The evolution of technology – Changing the art of the possible

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Technology is integrated in our lives today in ways that seem natural, yet must seem so surprising to earlier generations.  Although, I should also say that I think that sometimes we really should be without our technology – too much focus can also hinder our appreciation of the world around us.  So, keeping it in …

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Events

Anyone for CS Mantech?

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This year, CS Mantech (22 – 25 May) was held in Indian Wells, California, a place I had only heard of because Andy Murray played a tennis tournament here in the spring. Andy and his cohorts weren’t here for the conference.  It was not really conducive to playing three sets of tennis in temperatures of …

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Processes

The Light Fantastic

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  ‘In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary’ Aaron Rose I’m sitting in Bristol and I type ‘Hiya mate’ (emoji is not an option) on WhatsApp to my friend in Shanghai and within seconds the message is downloaded onto his phone nearly 6,000 miles away. This is amazing, how is this …

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Atomic Scale Processing

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‘I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe’ Richard P. Feynman Everything we do involves the manipulation of atoms so what’s the big deal about Atomic Scale Processing? It is the creation or removal of material one atomic layer at a time that’s what, which I still find amazing. Consider a human hair, …

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Silence is golden

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At Plasma Technology we make a conscious effort to support our local community whether it be through our Go Green initiative (blog coming soon) or through our fundraising efforts to support local causes. There are so many charities close to our hearts, so each year we ask our employees to vote for the charity they …

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Processes

Atomic Layer Etching – Changing the Art of the Possible

The society of vacuum coaters (SVC) deserves to be better known. It was founded in 1957 during a surge in the use of vacuum coating techniques such as sputtering and evaporation. The techniques go back a very long way: that man Edison filed a patent for coating phonograph cylinders in 1892 (It will never catch …

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UV LEDs making waves with clean water

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Oxford Instruments systems now facilitate water purification technology With World Earth Day last week I’ve decided to make this weeks blog about how new technology is being used to enhance people’s lives in a fundamental way. The UN recognises that clean drinking water is a global issue with over 660 million people lacking access. One …

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It’s a cleanroom life

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A friend once commented to me that being in a cleanroom was a great place to be as all the things that kicked off her allergies were filtered out allowing her some respite from hay fever. Now I’m not suggesting that we all move into cleanrooms but as semiconductor devices become smaller and smaller, they …

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Can 2D materials make an impact in biomedicine?

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There has been a deluge of scientific investigation into the application of graphene and other two dimensional (2D) materials in biomedicine in the recent past. Claims range from proof of concept detection of glucose, Hemoglobin, Dopamine, DNA etc all the way to products that aid in analysis of proteins, peptides and aptamers.   So how …

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Processes

Plasma Etch 101 – Mask, Mask, Mask

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Plasma etching can be a difficult, complex procedure but by following a few simple rules you can greatly increase the chance of achieving the results you need. I would challenge anyone who has ever performed plasma etching to say with all honestly, hand on heart, that they have never ever had any problems with their …

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Events

The toolbox for Atomic Scale Processing

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Next week in Grenoble, France we are hosting  a workshop on Atomic Scale Processing, organised with Minatec which I must say I am quite looking forward to. I think the subject is timely and in line with what many are expecting to be a trend in which current and novel processing technologies are combined to do …

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Semicon China success for Oxford Instruments

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The booths are dismantled and the halls cleared as another Semicon China comes to a close. It was a great show for us with many customer visits and in-depth discussions. I’ve been coming to the show on and off for about five years and it is the sheer scale of the thing that never ceases …

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British Science global impact – Oxford Instruments is ‘The Business of Science’

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It’s British Science week this week and there are events all over the UK celebrating science and its impact on our lives. Oxford Instruments is ‘The business of science’. Our products and services are enabled by science, developed by scientists, and used in laboratories all over the world. They are also out there in the …

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Here come the girls!

Today marks International Women’s Day (IWD) – a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. This year’s theme #BeBoldForChange is calling on all of us to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. Did you know that research indicates that the probability of female …

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The development of Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Devices

A Plasma Technology and University of Glasgow collaboration Working at Plasma Technology means that you are working on projects that truly offer a global impact and working with people that are global experts, a great combination. An example of this is the collaboration on the PowerGaN project with Glasgow University. In the next few years people …

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A creative and innovative place to work

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Choosing the right company to have an interesting, enjoyable and fulfilling career is an important decision. The team at Plasma Technology created this video especially for you, to give you an insight into what it is like to have a career with us. Using their own words they describe how it feels to work here. …

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Welcome to the Plasma Technology Blog

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We’ve created this blog for everyone interested in all things Plasma Technology. Whether it’s Plasma Etch, PECVD, Ion Beam Etch, 2D Materials such as Graphene or you’re just generally interested in what we do then please join us every Wednesday for our latest blog. Our blogs will be brought to you by our highly knowledgeable …

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