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Utilizing Foamtec ScrubPADS and Advanced Microfiber Cleanroom Wipers to Improve Safety and Cleanliness on Ion Implant Wet Cleans

by | Jun 20, 2023

Ion implanters are vital tools in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, and regular cleaning is essential to maintain their performance. However, wet cleaning with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and *Scotch-Brite™ can pose significant fire and health hazards when used on ion implanters that have arsenic and phosphorus process byproducts in the source housing, beam line, and process chamber.

Arsenic and phosphorus are highly reactive elements that can react with H2O2 to produce heat, which can lead to a fire. The presence of these elements in the equipment can trigger a chemical reaction when H2O2 and *Scotch-Brite™ are used to clean the equipment. This can not only damage the equipment but also pose a risk to the safety of the operators and the facility.

In addition to the fire hazard, the use of H2O2 and *Scotch-Brite™ in ion implanters with arsenic and phosphorus process byproducts can also pose health hazards. H2O2 can release oxygen and free radicals, which can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues. Furthermore, the use of *Scotch-Brite™ can generate dust particles that can be harmful to the lungs and cause skin irritation.

To mitigate these fire and health hazards, alternative cleaning solutions should be sought. Foamtec’s chamber cleaning products are an excellent option for cleaning ion implanters safely and effectively. These products utilize advanced diamond scrub pads and microfiber wipers that enable water and isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to replace H2O2, improving safety and tool recovery time.

Foamtec’s advanced diamond scrub pads are highly effective at removing process residue and contaminants, making them ideal for cleaning ion implanters. Unlike *Scotch-Brite™, these scrub pads do not generate dust particles, reducing the risk of lung irritation. Additionally, the use of water and IPA instead of H2O2 eliminates the risk of a chemical reaction and fire, significantly improving safety.

Moreover, Foamtec’s microfiber wipers are incredibly effective at removing residue from surfaces, ensuring the equipment is left clean and free of contaminants. The microfiber wipers also leave a minimal amount of residue, reducing the time required for tool recovery.

In conclusion, the use of H2O2 and *Scotch-Brite™ in ion implanters with arsenic and phosphorus process byproducts can pose significant fire and health hazards. By using Foamtec’s chamber cleaning products that allow water and IPA to replace H2O2, semiconductor manufacturers can maintain a clean and safe work environment while improving tool recovery time. These products utilize advanced diamond scrub pads and microfiber wipers that are highly effective at removing process residue and contaminants. By reducing the risk of fire and health hazards, the quality of the product can be ensured while maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

*Scotch-Brite™ is a trademark of 3M Corporation.

For more information about Foamtec’s Diamond ScrubPADS:

https://www.foamtecintlwcc.com/products/vacuum-chamber-cleaning/abrasive-pads-and-accessories/scrubpad

MiraWIPE Microfiber Wipes:

https://www.foamtecintlwcc.com/products/cleanroom-wipes/microfiber/mirawipe-256