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EMPIR project researcher selected as chair of CCQM Gas Analysis Working Group

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Paul Brewer from NPL is selected as new Chair of the CIPM-CCQM Gas Analysis Working Group

A key challenge facing the semiconductor industry is production loss due to Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) in the form of vapours and aerosols, which can corrode metal surfaces and form contamination layers during microscale manufacturing processes. Existing monitoring instrumentation is often deficient.

EMPIR project Metrology for Airborne Molecular Contaminants II (17IND09, MetAMCII) is developing new spectroscopic techniques and reference materials to measure priority AMCs at lower concentrations and faster rates than is currently possible.

Paul Brewer from project partner NPL has been selected to become the fifth Chair of the CIPM-CCQM Gas Analysis Working Group. The CCQM working groups, coordinated by the BIPM, are responsible for developing, improving and documenting the equivalence of national standards for chemical and biological measurements. The Gas Analysis Working Group is one of the largest groups and oversees the comparability of gas analysis measurements between National Metrology Institutes and Designated Institutes worldwide.

Paul says

‘It is an honour to have been selected as chair of the working group. I admire the passion and desire of the members and the breadth and depth of a work programme that not only benchmarks international comparability but meets the needs of stakeholders, advances measurement science and provides demonstrable impact. I am excited by the new challenges that lie ahead, particularly in the field of airborne molecular contaminants, and am driven to push the boundaries further.’

EURAMET is delighted to congratulate Paul on this exciting and prestigious appointment.

This EMPIR project is co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the EMPIR Participating States.

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