Engineers at Radiance Laboratories, Inc. (South Burlington, VT) are applying a new radiation-based cleaning process to glass substrates used in the manufacturing of flat panel displays. Under a $140,000 Phase I Evaluation Contract from the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC), Radiance Labs will demonstrate the contamination-removal capability of the process on bare glass and glass containing metal and oxide layers, resist, and polimide. The company's patented cleaning method uses high-energy radiation, usually from a laser, and a flowing gas such as nitrogen, to clean high tech and industrial surfaces. Radiance Lab engineers, in conjunction with those at USDC, will jointly look for the optimum process recipe for each substrate sample set. The recipes will be applied to 150 product samples in final cleaning. "Besides flat panel display substrates, we are working with manufacturers on cleaning several other surfaces, including hard disks, optics, photomasks, and silicon wafers," says Donna Bethell, president and CEO of Radiance Services Company. FAX: (301) 654-1034.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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