Air Products has launched a research and development (R&D) program into electronic materials in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Laboratory at the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, China.
The project’s aim is to accelerate the product development of materials for the microelectronics industry. Computer modelling of thin-film deposition should provide researchers with a better understanding of the chemical processes behind it. Air Products hope this will lead the creation of new chemical precursors to use in the development of future electronic devices.
The two organizations have been collaborating on R&D projects since 2006. Since then, their partnership has led to the filing of a number of patents and patent applications, as well as the publishing of several research articles in scientific journals. In 2005 Air Products set up its Asia Technology Centre in Shanghai, making it the first global industrial gas company to establish an internal R&D capability in China.
“Air Products has been cooperating with leading universities in China to accelerate the introduction of innovation to the marketplace. By leveraging the computational modeling capabilities of the China University of Geosciences, we are accelerating new product development to fulfill the requests we are receiving for electronics materials from our industry partners and customers in China and Asia,” said Ed Shober, director for Advanced Integration Materials at Air Products.