Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2003
Issue 6




Puerto Rico A Lure For L

Puerto Rico: A lure for life sciences, growth area for contamination control market

A visitor strolling through the narrow, cobblestone streets between the colorful, colonial buildings of this historic paradise may have a hard time imagining that 16 of the top 20 drugs sold in the United States are manufactured on this Caribbean island.

Uv Stirring Method May I

UV stirring method may improve current disinfection techniques

Stirring, or mixing liquids at a specific revolution under ultraviolet radiation could prove to be a less costly and more effective process than existing disinfection techniques, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Old Standard Is Still Ki

Old standard is still kicking — for now

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of Federal Standard 209E have been greatly exaggerated.

Sound Sterilization Give

Sound sterilization gives dentist something to smile about

By the time the late '80s rolled around, AIDS and other infectious diseases had frantically intensified the meaning of sterilization. And it was right around this same time that a dentist in this Atlanta suburb began thinking of other ways to sanitize the tools of his trade without using high temperatures or harsh chemicals.

Brooks And Entegris Find

Brooks and Entegris find fresh fields in life sciences

While many companies that service wafer fabs around the world swoon in concert with chip manufacturers, companies such as Brooks Automation, based here, and Entegris (Chaska, Minn.) have found success in the life sciences and other markets by leveraging technologies developed for the semiconductor market.



A cast of reasonable predictions

Where were you in your career 10 years ago? Where will you be 10 years from now? Take a look at your situation today: Did you have any idea you'd be where you are?


The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) well underway

The technological advances of the last half of the 20th century brought the prefix micro into everyday use. Everything from microprocessors to micro-mini skirts affected the way we worked and relaxed.



Assign personal health a higher priority than product demands

As I write this column, I'm slowly recovering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). In confiding this bit of personal history to various associates, I was struck by the number of them who had suffered similar discomfort during the course of their cleanroom careers.

On The Beat

Cleanrooms vs. isolators: A healthy debate

Ask a drug maker about cleanrooms, and they will quickly and perhaps even defensively point out that they do not operate an aseptic process.

Setting The Standard

The standard bubble and static pressure decay put to the test

Last month, we discussed high-purity gas systems and how that even extremely small leaks can present problems. We looked at the phenomena of partial pressure differences to explain how gas phase impurities can "backflow" from the low pressure, external side into the high pressure, high purity side.


Achieving The Finely Tun

Achieving the finely tuned world of the microminiaturized

Whoever coined the phrase "good things come in small packages" would be amazed to learn about the evolution of MicroElectroMechanical Systems, or MEMS.

Purification Of Wet Etch

Purification of wet etch, cleaning chemicals and DI rinse water using membrane purifiers

New technology is ready for the removal of low-level metal contamination from UPW, organic solvent and other chemicals used in microelectronics manufacturing

Special Report

Cleanrooms 2013


Product Spotlight Partic

Product Spotlight: Particle Counters

The popularity of the particle counter is expected to increase over the next five years, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan report, as investment in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology grows and the global adaptation of ISO standards continues to roll on.

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New Products


Plastic Factory Part Ii

Plastic Factory, Part II: The final pieces of the disposable puzzle

Sterile rapid transfer systems (SRTP) offer process protection and economic work flow planning for materials transfer challenges. As the risks associated with materials transfer process have become better identified and investment in high-tech barriers has increased, so too has the demand for more robust and secure transfer systems.

The Start Up Of A Biopha

The start-up of a biopharmaceutical facility, in three acts

The start-up of any manufacturing facility is a complex and multileveled undertaking; however, the start up of a biopharmaceutical facility presents unique challenges beyond even the standard considerations of bringing a regulated facility to production.

Designing In Ultraviolet

Designing in ultraviolet technologies for bioburden reduction

In designing a cleanroom for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, the airflow into and out of the area is one of the critical processes of maintaining the standards of cleanliness.