Research Spotlight: Membrane Distillation

Harrick Plasma Many desalination plants around the world rely on membrane distillation to extract drinkable water from seawater. However, membrane distillation is also used to treat industrial wastewater prior to discharging it into the environment. Industrial...

Research Spotlight: Rewritable Graphene Oxide Holograms

Harrick Plasma Security holograms are a vital anti-counterfeiting measure on banknotes, ID cards, and passports. A recent hologram fabrication method involving graphene oxide reduction explores new materials which can be used as holographic substrates. In this...


The Harrick Plasma team is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) conference 2023 in collaboration with Alvéole! We will join Alvéole at booth 508 to discuss the benefits of pairing plasma...

C. Elegans

Caenorhabditis elegans (C. Elegans) is an invaluable model organism in cell biology due to its simplicity, transparency, genetic tractability, and the conservation of many cellular processes. It has contributed significantly to our understanding of...


Microrobotics is an emerging technology attractive to the biotechnology industry and environmental sciences because of its versatility and vast potential. While microrobot design and function varies widely, they are defined by their small size and...

Thin Film Electronics

Thin film electronic devices made using flexible materials, such as plastics, metals, or polymers, are growing in popularity. Their ability to be bent, folded, and rolled as well as being lightweight and durable makes them ideal for a variety of...

Alveole Primo

Harrick Plasma is thrilled to announce a new collaboration effort with Alvéole, makers of PRIMO: Bioengineering Technology. PRIMO is a maskless photopatterning platform that offers precise control over the cellular microenvironment. Applications of...

Porous Metal Nanoshells

Hollow porous nanoshells can be tailored to have unique physical and chemical properties for potential use in catalysis and biosensor applications. Plasma treatment can be applied to facilitate nanoshell fabrication and alter physical properties and morphology....

Zinc Oxide Films

Creative Commons license. Zinc oxide (ZnO) is an exciting alternative wide bandgap semiconductor that has promising use in sensors and flexible electronics. Plasma treatment can be applied to prepare surfaces for ZnO deposition, improve electrical properties through...

Graphene Transfer

Graphene is commonly deposited by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on a growth substrate followed by transfer onto a target substrate appropriate for its specific application. Plasma treatment can be applied to support and facilitate various graphene...

the benefits of plasma

Plasma treatment removes nanoscale contamination and alters surface chemistry without affecting the bulk material properties. Plasma treatment occurs at near-ambient temperature, minimizing the risk of damage to heat-sensitive materials. Depending on the process gases and process conditions used, plasma treatment can be used for cleaning, surface activation, and surface chemistry modification. Plasma can be applied to a wide variety of materials as well as complex surface geometries.


Harrick Plasma Cleaners may be employed in a variety of application fields, including materials science, polymer science, biomedical materials, microfluidics, optics, microscopy, and dental & medical research.

Nanoscale Surface Cleaning

Plasma surface treatment removes nanoscale organic contamination and alters surface chemistry without affecting the bulk material. The plasma cleaning process is often more gentle than harsh chemical and physical cleaning methods.

Alter Surface Chemistry

Tailoring material surfaces with specific chemical functionalities (hydroxyl, carbonyl, carboxyl, etc) is often use to optimize material surface properties. Plasma alters surfaces to be more hydrophilic or hydrophobic depending on the desired application.

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Device Fabrication

Many devices, such as microfluidic chips, require plasma treatment to facilitate bonding or improve the adhesion of intermediate epoxys, glues or other surface coatings. 

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Biology & Biomedical

Plasma treatment cleans and activates materials used in various biological and biomedical applications. Plasma treatment has been shown to improve biocompatability and/or reduce biofouling, characteristics essential to research regarding cell culture, protein adsorption, biomaterial coating, and implant surface activation.

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Surface Patterning

Plasma can be employed in various ways to facilitate surface patterning, which is often a required processing step for the fabrication of multilayer devices, such as solar cells, sensors, and microfluidic chips.

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Morgan Malm | Graduate Student | Purdue University

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“Plasma treatment is an essential part of our microfluidic devices fabrication. We use a Harrick Plasma Cleaner to activate the surface of polydimethylsilicone (PDMS) devices and glass coverslips for permanent bonding. We use microfluidic devices for studies in cell migration and cellular biomechanics. The Harrick Plasma instrument has been extremely robust and reliable in our 7+ years of work with it.”

Jan Lammerding, PhD | Associate Professor | Cornell University 

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“We have worked with Harrick Plasma for several years now to introduce their plasma cleaners to researchers and businesses for PDMS bonding and microfluidic device fabrication. The Harrick Plasma systems are robust as well as easy to use and maintain. We and all our customers are happy to work with them!”

Sebastian Cargou, PhD | R&D Director | BlackHole Lab

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“The Harrick Plasma cleaner is easy to use and can quickly process many samples in a short time. Also the technical staff is readily available to answer any scientific questions regarding the handling of machine. l would highly recommend using a Harrick Plasma cleaner for anyone looking to perform plasma treatment as part of their research.”

Avinash Patil, PhD | Postdoc | University of California, San Francisco

What Our Customers are Saying…

“Harrick Plasma’s products have played a central role in our efforts to develop new technologies for single-cell mRNA sequencing, such as Seq-Well. Harrick Plasma Cleaners reliably functionalize the micro-devices and membranes we use for Seq-Well. We have several Harrick plasma cleaners in lab and have traveled with them globally to enable our experiments. We wholeheartedly recommend Harrick to all labs running Seq-Well – they’ve been a great and trusted partner.”

Alex Shalek, PhD | Assistant Professor | MIT | Shalek Lab Seq-Well Protocol

Harrick Plasma is a leading supplier of plasma equipment to the research community. We have been providing quality tabletop plasma devices specifically designed for laboratory and R&D use for over 30 years.