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SBIR Phase I: Highly Efficient Exhaust Cleanup Technology for…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
67989
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0419257
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Sundew Technologies, LLC
3400 Industrial Lane Unit 7 Broomfield, CO 80020-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: SBIR Phase I: Highly Efficient Exhaust Cleanup Technology for Environmentally Benign Processing
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0419257
Award Amount: $99,980.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a novel integrated reactive abatement module (IRAM) that effectively removes solidifying chemicals from the exhaust effluent of deposition and etch manufacturing processes. Growing safety concerns and escalating costs dedicated to environmental protection is one of the drivers to continuously migrate semiconductor manufacturing outside of the US. In this project, hazardous chemicals will be reactively converted into inert solid films over a removable high-area filtration element. An integrated high-speed downstream pressure control will actively suppress IRAM-induced pressure fluctuations that may affect the process. The reactive process will apply highly effective chemical reactions to convert the solidifying chemicals into stable inert films. Objectives include superior maintainability of low-pressure exhaust manifolds and pumps and substantially improved safety of device processing systems, hence promoting safe and environmentally benign semiconductor manufacturing at a competitive cost. Broader impact: Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) are considered the cornerstones of semiconductor manufacturing technology. In the last decade these manufacturing-technologies have also migrated into the explosively growing area of nano-technology. These process techniques emit reactive, toxic and solidifying chemicals and produce a hazardous and destructive residue in low-pressure exhaust manifolds that clogs up the conduits and destroys the vacuum pumps. Slow and inefficient chemical reactions, driven by the typically low pressure and low temperature conditions in exhaust manifolds, convert the reactive exhaust mixture into hazardous residue instead of completely reacted inert films. Frequent maintenance requires ambient exposure of these hazardous-residue-containing exhaust manifolds with risks to the workers and the workplace. Growing safety concerns and escalating cost dedicated to environmental protection severely hampers the semiconductor industry and reduces its competitiveness in the US. Overcoming this deficiency, IRAM technology will apply environmentally benign chemistry with a localized production of short-lived highly reactive species capable to completely extracting the solidifying chemicals out of exhaust streams to produce inert solid films. This novel chemistry has a broad range of device processing applications and can positively impact manufacturing costs. Key Words: CVD, RIE, ALD, abatement, semiconductor manufacturing, LPCVD, foreline, EH&S, environmental health and safety. E.B.A 5/24/04

Principal Investigator:

Ofer Sneh
PI
7208878166
info@sundewtech.com

Business Contact:

Ofer Sneh
7208878166
ofer@sundewtech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sundew Technologies, LLC
1619 Garnet St Broomfield, CO 80020

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No