I love seeing a local company go global. Waterloo-based thin film technology manufacturer Angstrom Engineering has placed custom-build deposition systems in research laboratories around the world, including a few prestigious universities. These American institutions are among the many using the best sputtering system from Angstrom Engineering to do important and awesome things.
1. University of Chicago and Drexel University
A joint research team made up of researchers from Drexel’s Science and Engineering Department and Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago recently published a research paper on ion beam deposition. The experiments in question were carried out using Angstrom’s Evovac PVD platform. Using this technology, the team was able to develop a new niobium nitride synthesis method.
2. Colorado School of Mines
The Colorado School of Mines is a teaching and research university dedicated to engineering and applied science, particularly (as the name implies) in the study of natural resources. Earlier this year, Angstrom built a Covap thermal evaporation system for use by the school’s department of physics. Among other areas, this small but versatile system will be used to study nanotechnology and photovoltaics.
3. Kent State University
The Evovac system also has a home at the Lüssem Lab at Kent State, where Assistant Professor Dr. Björn Lüssem and his team study organic semiconductors and other organic devices.
4. Harvard University
The Rowland Institute and Fellowship Program at Harvard University supports young researchers conducting groundbreaking work in various scientific fields. It’s fitting that Angstrom developed a Nexdep PVD system for use in one of the school’s laboratories. There, researcher Dan Congreve uses the Nexdep to produce and study LEDs, solar cells, and other types of thin films.
5. University of Vermont
The University of Vermont’s graduate program in Materials Science is another proud adopter of Angstrom’s Nexdep platform. Installed in 2017, the custom-built system enables student researchers to study device physics of thin film electronics. In a blog post, Dr. Matthew White explains how the new system has improved their work: ““The Angstrom system has revolutionized our work-flow. We are much more confident in our processing, and can push true scientific boundaries without worrying about the possibility that some technical detail will throw the experiment off.”