Towards universal plasma-enabled platform for the advanced nanofabrication: plasma physics level approach

  • O. Baranov
  • S. Xu
  • K. Ostrikov
  • B. B. Wang
  • U. Cvelbar
  • K. Bazaka
  • I. LevchenkoEmail author
Review Paper


Growing demand for efficient, high-resolution surface processing has led to the emergence of a rich variety of plasma-based technologies underpinned by an equally wide range of technological setups, each optimized for a specific task, e.g. highly-selective removal of surface layers, precision surface functionalization and nanoscale structuring, or deposition of thin films and nanostructures. However, with increasing device integration and miniaturization, flexible processing technologies capable of delivering complex treatments, such as the growth of complex hierarchical single- and multi-component nanostructures within a single processing environment are highly desired. Yet, such systems are difficult to achieve due to the necessity of the in-process float, and limiting technological capabilities of individual plasma sources and treatment setups. Using a novel flexible platform as an example, this review presents a careful analysis of the physical principles, capabilities and limitations of existing plasma technologies with an ultimate aim to define key principles for the development of prospective flexible platforms for complex plasma-enabled material synthesis and processing. Such a platform would have a significant potential to increase the effectiveness of plasma technology with respect to productivity, material and energy consumption, cost and turnaround time.


Plasma technology Advanced materials Deposition Sputtering 



This work was supported by EDB (OSTIn) and National Research Foundation, Singapore. O.B. acknowledges the support from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant agreement no. 766894. I. L. acknowledges the support from the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. K.B. acknowledges the funding from the Australian Research Council (DE130101550, DP160103116, DP180101254).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Aerospace UniversityKharkovUkraine
  2. 2.Department for Surface Engineering and OptoelectronicsJožef Stefan InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Plasma Sources and Applications Centre, NIENanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical EngineeringQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  5. 5.CSIRO-QUT Joint Sustainable Processes and Devices LaboratoryLindfieldAustralia
  6. 6.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringChongqing University of TechnologyChongqingPeople’s Republic of China

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