Process Design with Atmospheric and Low Pressure Gas Plasma


Gas plasma is a powerful tool allowing for molecular engineering of materials to impart unique surface properties, without affecting the bulk properties. Considerations in creating a plasma include power delivery, gas or vapor composition, or unique chamber configuration and design. Plasma systems exist that enable both facile batch processing or in-line treatments

The technology is a critical design tool for many industries such as aerospace and defense, life sciences, electronics, semi-conductor, and automotive. Use of the technology allows for increase in throughput at a reduced cost.

Applications include:

  • Cleaning
  • Activation/functionalization
  • Thin film depositions
  • Auto-bonding
  • Crosslinking and grafting

This presentation will provide an overview of the myriad plasma processes employed to address the different requirements for materials. Discussions will include:

  • Activation of polymers and metal substrates to promote bond to coatings and adhesives.
  • Thin film coatings to enhance vapor, gas and liquid barriers on elastomers
  • Thin film coatings for corrosion protection on metals
  • Stable wetting and functional sites for optical quality polymers and glass substrates
  • Omniphobic fluoropolymer coatings for a diverse range of substrates

Speaker: Speaker: Tim Smith, VP, Engineering and Operations, Plasmatreat NA

Mr. Tim Smith is the Vice President, Engineering and Operations, for Plasmatreat North America and is located in the Ancaster Ontario facility. Tim is responsible for, and manages Operations, Engineering, and Technical activities for Plasmatreat in North America. An Electrical Engineer, Tim has extensive experience in product design, automation, and implementation of atmospheric processes and is a key technical resource.

Speaker: Mikki Larner, VP of Sales & Marketing, Plasma Technology Systems (PTS), a Plasmatreat Company

Mrs. Mikki Larner is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Plasma Technology Systems (PTS), a Plasmatreat company, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a developed technical understanding of surface modification manufacturing practices for the life science, aerospace, and electronics industries. Activities include active memberships in the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation, American Chemical Society (ACS) and Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE). She holds board positions with the Society of Plastics Engineers Golden Gate Chapter and the Golden Gate Polymer Forum.

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