Highly Efficient Thermal Plasma Scrubber Technology for the Treatment of Perfluorocompounds (PFCs)

과불화합물(PFCs) 가스 처리를 위한 고효율 열플라즈마 스크러버 기술 개발 동향

  • Park, Hyun-Woo (Materials & Production engineering Research Institute, LG Electronics) ;
  • Cha, Woo Byoung (Plasma Technology Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Uhm, Sunghyun (Plan Engineering Center, Institute for Advanced Engineering (IAE))
  • 박현우 (LG전자 소재/생산기술원) ;
  • 차우병 ((주)플라즈마텍) ;
  • 엄성현 (고등기술연구원 플랜트엔지니어링센터)
  • Received : 2017.12.18
  • Accepted : 2018.01.02
  • Published : 2018.02.10


POU (point of use) scrubbers were applied for the treatment of waste gases including PFCs (perfluorocompounds) exhausted from the CVD (chemical vapor deposition), etching, and cleaning processes of semiconductor and display manufacturing plant. The GWP (global warming potential) and atmosphere lifetime of PFCs are known to be a few thousands higher than that of $CO_2$, and extremely high temperature more than 3,000 K is required to thermally decompose PFCs. Therefore, POU gas scrubbers based on the thermal plasma technology were developed for the effective control of PFCs and industrial application of the technology. The thermal plasma technology encompasses the generation of powerful plasma via the optimization of the plasma torch, a highly stable power supply, and the matching technique between two components. In addition, the effective mixture of the high temperature plasma and waste gases was also necessary for the highly efficient abatement of PFCs. The purpose of this paper was to provide not only a useful technical information of the post-treatment process for the waste gas scrubbing but also a short perspective on R&D of POU plasma gas scrubbers.


PFCs;thermal plasma;POU gas scrubbers;HF;energy efficiency


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