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Henniker HPT-100 plasma system to assist with precise patterning of solar cells

Newly published article using the Henniker HPT-100 plasma system to assist with precise patterning of solar cells.

Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have recently used a Henniker HPT-100 to aid in their efforts to fabricate indium tin oxide (ITO)-free ultra-lightweight organic solar cells through inkjet-printing whilst preserving high efficiencies.

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In-situ water layer thickness determination during accelerated corrosion testing

In-situ water layer thickness determination during accelerated corrosion testing

A collaboration of researchers at the University of Virginia, Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque and Tohoku University Japan have recently published a paper that outlines the design, construction, and validation for in-situ water layer thickness determination during accelerated corrosion testing. In this work the Henniker HPT-100 was used to remove hydrocarbon contamination from the surface within the sensor in order to give a uniform for water layer, thereby creating an experimental system geometry that is directly comparable to the modelled geometry thickness determination.

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Removal of carbon contamination prior to SEM & EDS measurement

Nano-devitrification and structural evolution of amorphous state in surface Ti-Ta-based alloy fabricated on TiNi substrate through additive thin-film electron-beam synthesis

Henniker’s HPT-100 was used in this work to remove carbon contamination on the sample’s surface before it was characterised by SEM and EDS measurements.

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Adhesion and Surface Energy Explained

There are a number of quick and simple tests to determine the effectiveness of a particular plasma process upon a surface.

Adhesion and surface energy test methods have the benefit of being applicable to both untreated and treated surfaces and so also provide a useful comparison before and after processing. Each test is effectively providing information about the surface energy of the material being tested. Before describing the various test methods it is therefore useful to review what we mean by surface energy. 

 

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Oxygen Plasma Ashing for preparation of samples

Oxygen Plasma Ashing for successful preparation of samples - Stable isotope ratio measurements, performed by mass spectrometry, can provide accurate information in a number of geoscience applications, including the reconstruction of past glacial/interglacial temperature variations for example.

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Preparation of nanoparticles prior to atomic force microscopy

Preparation of Nanoparticles - Recently published research in Nature Materials, by groups working at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Imperial College London and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory details advances in the development of organic semiconductor photocatalysts which could be used in solar panels to harness more of the sun’s energy than was previously possible.

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Investigating the nanoscale adhesion mechanisms between polymeric biomaterials and biological samples

Recently published research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and GlaxoSmithKline demonstrates the complex nature of nanoscale adhesion mechanisms between polymeric biomaterials and biological samples.  Henniker’s HPT-200 plasma system is used in this work to provide the clean substrate surfaces (silicon and gold) onto which a variety of polymer brushes and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were synthesized.

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