Dow (NYSE: DOW) scientists, who led the development of an advanced microchip technology that enabled high-volume semiconductor manufacturing across multiple generations were named 2014 “Heroes of Chemistry,” a prestigious award given by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The award recognizes the Dow Electronic Materials’ team for its development of Dow’s AR™ Fast Etch Organic Bottom Antireflectant Coatings (BARCs), which enable high resolution microlithography in the manufacture of advanced integrated circuits. Antireflectant materials in microlithography are needed to control optical reflection in the imaging film. Dow’s development of fast etch organic BARCs were groundbreaking because they allowed the industry to reliably print the thousands of tiny circuit lines needed for mass production of the modern microchip.
“What sets Dow’s development apart are the fast etch properties and the easy removal without significant loss of the photoresist film thickness,” said Cathie Markham, Global R&D Director for Dow’s Electronic Materials’ business. “These attributes are key to making advanced integrated circuits at high throughput with good electrical performance and in high yield. Working with customers’ leading-edge chip designs, this team advanced the integrated circuit, which is central to electronics today. They are certainly deserving of this honor.”
Markham added, “This recognition reflects well upon the many scientists and engineers at companies around the world who have applied game-changing chemistry to move microelectronics forward.”On August 10, at the ACS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the Dow scientists that will be honored are: Dr. Suzanne Coley, Dr. Vipul Jain, Dr. Doris Kang, Amy Kwok, Dr. Owendi Ongayi, Dr. James Thackeray, Dr. Peter Trefonas, and Sabrina Wong along with Tim Adams, Edward Pavelchek, Dr. Anthony Zampini, Dr. Gerald Wayton, and Dr. Jeong Yun Yu who were with Dow at the time of the discovery. The ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award recognizes the vital role of industrial chemical scientists and their companies in improving human welfare through successful commercial innovations and products. About Dow Electronic Materials Dow Electronic Materials, a global supplier of materials and technologies to the electronics industry, brings innovative leadership to the semiconductor, interconnect, finishing, photovoltaic, display, LED and optics markets. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented Dow research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service necessary for next-generation electronics. These partnerships energize Dow's power to invent. Its key end-use applications include a broad range of consumer electronics from personal computers, to television monitors, smartphones and tablets, and other mobile devices as well as electronic devices and systems used in a variety of industries. More information about Dow Electronic Materials can be found at http://www.dowelectronicmaterials.com. About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com. ®™Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow