Textile Chemistry

Textile chemistry is important for numerous markets, including clothing, automotive, and outdoor recreation industries.  Plasma treatment is a dry, non-toxic process that can make textiles water-repellent, oil-repellent, or both. In this application...

Research Spotlight: Osteogenic Differentiation

Harrick Plasma Electrical stimulation plays a critical role in a cell’s interactions with its microenvironment, guiding proliferation, differentiation, and function. Consequently, electroactive materials hold significant promise as tissue engineering scaffolds, to...

Innovations in Disease Modeling 2024

Harrick Plasma is excited to sponsor Technology Network’s upcoming Innovation in Disease Modeling Online Symposium on April 24th and 25th! The event brings together leaders in disease modeling from across the globe and covers a wide range of disease...

Research Spotlight: Microplastics

Harrick Plasma Synthetic textiles such as polyester or nylon have many desirable properties, including low cost and moisture-wicking ability. However, synthetic fabrics shed large amounts of microplastics when the fabric rubs against itself during washing. These...

Solar Collectors

Non-toxic Electroplated Coatings for Solar Parabolic Trough Collectors Despite contributing to 50% of the global energy demand, thermal energy has often been neglected as an application for renewable energy technologies, instead losing ground to...

Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)

What is Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)? Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a modified form of Raman spectroscopy often used in the life sciences for cell analysis. SERS has also been used to detect chemical residues for...

Superhydrophobic Surfaces

Plasma treatment can be a beneficial step for creating superhydrophobic surfaces through promoting strong adhesion of a hydrophobic coating, surface roughening, and plasma polymerization.Applications of Superhydrophobicity Hydrophobic surfaces have...

Research Spotlight: Ice Crystallization

Ice crystallization on electrical lines or airplane wings can disrupt operations and even endanger lives. A proposed technique to reduce ice crystallization involves slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS). These ice-repellent surfaces...

Research Spotlight: Blood Plasma Separation

Blood plasma separation is a vital process for the detection of biomarkers which can indicate diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Centrifuges, the most commonly used method of separation, requires large amounts of time and blood. Additionally,...

Research Spotlight: Membrane Distillation

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...

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.

Applications

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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What Our Customers are Saying…

“Harrick Plasma’s instruments have proved to be very user friendly, with little to no experience required to successfully operate. Their well designed instruments, paired with the extremely knowledgeable, quick responding, and research guiding staff scientists have given me the ability to transform my ideas into meaningful research and data.”

Morgan Malm | Graduate Student | Purdue University

What Our Customers are Saying…

“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 

What Our Customers are Saying…

“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

What Our Customers are Saying…

“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.