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Versum Materials Opens Research Facility in Hometown, Pennsylvania

Versum Materials, Inc., a leading materials supplier to the semiconductor industry, recently opened its research and development facility at its semiconductor materials manufacturing site, 40 miles northwest of Allentown, in the village of Hometown, Pennsylvania.

The state-of-the-art R&D laboratory is dedicated to new materials used in the manufacture of semiconductors. Versum’s Hometown manufacturing facility produces a variety of high purity specialty gases and chemicals for semiconductor manufacturers around the world, including Tungsten Hexafluoride, WF6 and Nitrogen Trifluoride, NF3.

Versum’s Senior Vice President of Materials, Ed Shober said, “We enable the largest tech companies around the world to stretch the boundaries of science and technology, whether it be supporting computing power, mobility, connectivity, artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, the Internet of Things, Big Data and machine learning.”

“Versum Materials is at the core of enabling all these technologies,” he said. “Our Versum Materials team delivers valued products and solutions that bring this cutting-edge innovation to the market safer, faster, easier and more reliably than ever before.”

According to company officials, scientists in the facility will synthesize and purify new molecules down to parts per billion impurity levels and below using the latest technologies available in the industry. The researchers can assess the applications for these new molecules and scale up the molecules to larger quantities for customer evaluation. These new organometallic compounds will be deposited on semiconductor wafers through cutting-edge technologies to test their performance for semiconductor applications.

Additionally, the facility is capable of small-volume manufacturing and advanced analytical and quality assessment.

The latest expansion is part of a $60 million multi-year investment in the Hometown campus. Last year the company announced it had increased production capacity and modified equipment configuration to reduce manufacturing bottlenecking.


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