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Solid State Technology

Year 2004
Issue 7



Water electrolysis added in fight against food, floral bacteria

KES Science & Technology Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.;;, a provider of preservation products for the food industry, cold storage warehouses, and florists, has linked with Electric Aquagenics Unlimited (EAU) to distribute its water electrolysis-based products that disinfect, sanitize and clean surfaces and foods without toxicity to consumer or environment.


Draft standard targets AMC control

An international standard, designed to be used by any industry impacted by airborne molecular contamination (AMC), is being circulated to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) members for comment, following its draft release late this spring by the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST;




Copper could corral MRSA contamination

A recent study by two British doctors indicates that the use of copper alloys on surfaces in healthcare facilities could control the highly antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, MRSA—methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.


Unidirectional flow clean-air devices, paint spray practices validated by IEST

Recommended practices for unidirectional flow clean-air devices and paint-spray applications have been reviewed and validated for use without change by their respective Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST; working groups.


Antimicrobial paint product developed for cleanroom use

A paint with an antimicrobial formula has been developed by Alpha Pro Tech Engineered Products ( to inhibits growth of bacteria, fungi and algae on painted surfaces in cleanrooms, contamination-control environments, hospitals, and surgical rooms.


Water treatment system chills expense, pathogens

An ozone-based water treatment system is helping the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) here to save on water use and expense while also serving as a powerful disinfectant process against water-based pathogens.


New thermo-assisted technology knocks out livestock virus

Thermo-Assisted Drying and Decontamination (TADD) is a new technology under development by PIC USA ( to reduce disease transmission associated with livestock trailer transportation.


New process accelerates peptide mapping

A liquid chromatography (LC) process developed by Agilent Technologies Inc. ( separates and identifies protein fragments up to 20 times faster than current methods, reducing the cost and time required for high-resolution peptide mapping of antibodies.


Robotic probe system aims to reduce semiconductor cleanroom space

A patent-pending Cluster Probing System (CPS), developed by SUSS MicroTec AG (, is designed to combine multiple semiconductor test configurations in one system without worker intervention.


Serologicals gains patent for 'Mad Cow' prion clearing process

Serologicals Corp. ( has been granted a patent on its proprietary purification process that clears infectious prions — thought to be the cause of Mad Cow Disease—from its bovine-based cell culture growth medium, EX-CYTE.


Ozone technology flushes out produce contamination

If Peter Piper picked a pepper today, he'd have a hard time shipping it directly from the field.



Establishing higher standards

A Labs21 approach can strengthen long-term cost savings from increased energy efficiency.

Inventors Corner

Inventor's Corner


Showing up

Over the last few years, we've all witnessed a general downturn in industry trade show attendance across the board, and some even suggest the best days of such events are already behind us.


15 Factors That Influenc

15 factors that influence cleanroom design and construction costs

A solid understanding of the user's manufacturing process requirements is essential to realizing economically efficient design and construction

Special Report

FOUPs, automation, and scale change shape of contamination control

In April, Infineon Technologies (, a subsidiary of Munich, Germany-based Infineon Technologies AG, announced a $1 billion project here that will transform the shell of a fab into a factory capable of processing 25,000 wafer starts per month.

Special Report

Squaring off against new contamination challenges

The semiconductor industry continues to present challenges to contamination control scientists and solution providers, and the expectation is that with each new generation of semiconductor products will also come a parallel set of new contamination concerns.


New Products

New Products

Product Spotlight

Isolators & Minienvironments

Regardless of industry, the ongoing contamination-control battle is being fought with convenience, economy and simplicity in mind.