First cleanroom for Agilent in South Asia Pacific

Will conduct studies of materials using the latest atomic and molecular spectroscopy instruments

Agilent Technologies has opened a Customer Applications and Training Centre in the Gangnam area in Seoul, South Korea, showcasing its latest bio-analytical instruments. The company's goal is to collaborate with customers to develop new applications and methodologies for research in the agriculture, environment and semiconductor industries.

A cleanroom for engineers, chemists and other scientists in the semiconductor industry to conduct tests and studies of materials using Agilent's latest atomic and molecular spectroscopy instruments is also included at the Centre.

This Class 1000 cleanroom ensures a very low level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles and chemical vapours, specifically less than 1,000 such particles per cubic foot.

The Centre will also train chemists and engineers in the South Asia and Pacific region on the use of spectroscopy and mass-spectrometry instruments and technologies.

Chai-Hock Teng, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Chemical Analysis Group in South Korea and the South Asia Pacific region said South Korea is an important market for Agilent.

“The country is home to some of the world's top electronics manufacturers, major Asian and international pharmaceutical and chemical firms, as well as other industrial giants,” he said.

“To support our customers better as they grow and push the boundaries of science, we have established the Agilent Customer Applications and Training Centre to offer collaboration and training programmes.”

The Centre is also available to customers outside South Korea.

Instruments installed at the Centre include: an Agilent 4100 microwave plasma-atomic emission spectrometer; an Agilent 8800 triple quadrupole ICP-MS; an Agilent Cary 630 FTIR spectrometer; and an Agilent 4100 ExoScan handheld Fourier transform infrared spectrometer.