Benjamin Gross, Ph.D.

Dr. Gross is a Chemist and Systems Engineer with the Design for Sustainability Center of Excellence at Applied Materials, where he works in close partnership with the product engineering groups to reduce energy and chemical use in our process equipment. He supports Applied’s 3 x 30 initiative and is responsible for the metrics used to monitor progress toward our efficiency improvement goals. Ben has 14 years combined experience in strategic consulting and technical supply chain development. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, both in chemistry.

Adding Sustainability to the Definition of Fab Performance

To enable a more sustainable semiconductor industry, new fabs must be designed to maximize output while reducing energy consumption and emissions. In this blog post, I examine Applied Materials’ efforts to drive fab sustainability through the process equipment we develop for chipmakers. It all starts with an evolution in the mindset of how these systems are designed.