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Sustainable Business Oregon: Green chemistry saves millions for Intel
Author: Lee van der Voo, Sustainable Business Oregon
Posted: September 7, 2010

A one-of-a-kind green chemistry formula is helping Intel save millions and creating tiny microprocessors — smaller than 50 nanometers — more effectively than ever. These miniature microprocessors serve as the brains for today’s personal computers. They are smaller than 50 nanometers, or about 20 times smaller than a typical germ. They are made from more than 10 layers of different materials, which must be selectively removed as they are formed.

Intel first challenged a number of outside chemical companies and academic labs to find a way to remove metal layers in 2004. After a year of research, however, all were unable to do it. But it only took Nabil Mitskawi, a process engineer at Intel’s Hillsboro campus since 1993, three days to demonstrate the feasibility of a green chemistry concept that could work. Mistkawi was a doctoral student at Portland State University at the time.

Read the complete story online at Sustainable Business Oregon.

Read a Portland State University press release about Nabil Mistkawi.