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Atomic Scale Processing (ASP)

Atomic Scale Processing means wafer-scale processing with control at the atomic scale. This atomic-level control extends to deposition of thin films, removal or etching of material, and growth of 1D and 2D materials with their distinctive unique properties such as graphene.

Our range of plasma processing systems provides a complete solution to Atomic Scale Processing. We provide unique cluster capability or stand alone systems enabling the manipulation of matter with atomic scale precision on a production scale. 

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Driving innovation at the atomic scale

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ALD of Dielectrics

Atomic layer deposition of dielectrics, nitrides and metals with low damage. Our unique cluster capability provides the ability to cover surfaces directly without exposure to air. For instance these could be etched interfaces or freshly grown 2D materials such as MoS2 or graphene covered by ALD dielectrics or capping layers which can be a big advantage for a wide range of devices.

Atomic layer deposition of dielectrics & metals with low damage

Atomic layer deposition of dielectrics & metals with low damage

Chemical Vapour Deposition

Chemical Vapour Deposition & ALD of atomically thin structures: 1D & 2D materials.

Unique devices can be constructed by covering nanowires with ALD films or etching 1D and 2D materials to tune their properties.

CVD growth of ZnO nanowires using DEZn precursors

CVD growth of ZnO nanowires using DEZn precursors.
(Courtesy of Nanoscience Centre, Univ. of Cambridge)

CVD growth of hBN

CVD growth of hBN

Atomic Layer Etching (ALE)

Atomic layer etching of Silicon, GaN & 2D materials. As these materials perform essential functions in a wide range of devices, our ability to etch these with extreme control and low damage can be an enabling technology. Furthermore combining ALE with deposition and growth will provide unique advantages in your device making.

25nm wide Si trenches etched to 110nm depth by ALE, HSQ mask still in place

25nm wide Si trenches etched to 110nm depth by ALE, HSQ mask still in place.

FlexAL – ALD System


FlexAL ALD system provides optimised high-quality plasma solutions, meeting the varied demands of academia and corporate R&D.

  • Remote plasma & thermal ALD in one flexible tool
  • Maximum flexibility in precursors, processes gases, and hardware configuration 
  • Low-damage and high-quality substrates
  • High quality deposition with low temperature for sensitive surfaces
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FlexAl ALD System for remote plasma and thermal ALD processes


Wafer Scale Device Fabrication & Electrical Characterisation for Graphene & 2D Materials

The development of high performance devices using 2D materials such as graphene is more important than ever. In partnership with Raith Gmbh and das-Nano Onyx, this webinar provides an overview of graphene and 2D materials fabrication, lithography and non-destructive electrical characterisation, processing solutions which are key drivers for the next stage of technology readiness. 



Device fabrication for life sciences & biomedical applications: Microfluidics components fabrication

As biomedical devices has increased the speed and efficiency of treatment for various conditions, semiconductor technology is becoming increasingly important for the global healthcare. In this white paper, you will learn the various processing challenges and solutions for fabrication of microfluidics and active elements of sensors/transducers in the biomedical devices.


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