Category: Technology

Events, Technology

Another year of success at SEMICON China

Semicon China, ALE, ALD

It’s very difficult to get over the scale of SEMICON China in a simple article, not just for the number of exhibition halls full of stands plying their trade but the number of visitors.  I walked over 5 miles on the first morning without getting around all I wanted to see. I will admit that …

Processes, Technology

Ion-beam Nano patterning: experimental results with chemically- assisted etching

Schematic of a ion beam been extracted through the grids

Below you will be able to find the first part of experimental results with chemically assisted etching which our expert Dr Sebastien Pochon presented at SPIE conference in San Jose, California last week. The need for forming gratings (for example used in VR headsets) in materials such as SiO2 has seen a recent surge in …


Materials fabrication processes for biomedical applications

Biomedical devices such as sensors and drug delivery patches pose an interesting challenge in material fabrication due to stringent requirements of substrates, thermal budgets etc. This post outlines five examples from literature of plasma and thermal processes done on Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology tools used for applications in healthcare. ZnO nanowire sensors fabricated using ALD …


The evolution of technology – Changing the art of the possible

Image of smartphone

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 …


Atomic Scale Processing

Atomic Scale Processing cluster tool diagram

‘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, …


Can 2D materials make an impact in biomedicine?

image of - blood test - bio mems

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 …


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 …