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Harrick Plasma Cleaner PDC-32G

Plasma Cleaner
Tool Type: Surface treatment
Location: Microfluidics Lab
Description: Plasma cleaner
Manufacturer: Harrick


The Harrick PDC-32G is a compact table top plasma cleaner for nanoscale surface cleaning and activation of small samples. The attached PlasmaFlo gas mixer allows for quantitative control of up to two different process gasses and monitoring of the vacuumed pressure within the chamber.

This tool is plumbed for nitrogen plasma only, which still works very well for PDMS-glass bonding and PDMS-PDMS bonding. If you require oxygen plasma, please consider using the plasma chamber in the Nanostructures Cleanroom Facility instead.

Safety Concerns

The plasma cleaner uses RF radiation. If you have a pacemaker or similar device, please consult your doctor before using.

Training Documentation


Brian Dincau found that the following recipe works well for bonding PDMS to PDMS or Glass:

  • Power - High
  • Pressure - 440 to 460 mTorr
  • Duration - 30s
  • Nitrogen flow - adjust as needed to maintain desired pressure.
  • Mate surfaces immediately after treatment, then transfer to an oven at 115C for 20 minutes.

Detailed Specifications

  • 3 stage adjustable RF power settings
  • Max RF power: 18W
  • Chamber size: 3“ diameter x 6.5” Pyrex chamber
  • Valve threads: 1/8 NPT

Reference Documentation

plasma_cleaner.txt · Last modified: 2023/02/24 22:53 by bdincau