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This page is the home of the ERC LCA working group that is developing life cycle assessment tools for the semiconductor industry.  The goal is to meld the expertise of the various principle investigators from the University of Arizona, MIT, North Carolina State University, and Berkeley.  This site is a forum for sharing information among the groups during a semi-private teleconference that is held on Wednesdays at 1 pm EST

Some of the issues we originally discussed in our meeting at the NSF/SRC review this past spring include:

  • The lack of databases for performing LCI/LCA and the need for accessible ones related to semiconductor manufacturing.

  • The lack of case studies for the semiconductor industry so that methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses can be learned and used by practitioners in industry.

  • Tool suppliers often do not have process models so it is difficult to go upstream to predict how equipment will perform.

The first teleseminar will be held on March 24, 2004 and will be hosted by Paul Blowers with Michael Overcash discussing his work.  His powerpoint slides may be downloaded here by using right mouse-click and then saving to your hard drive.  There are no supplemental readings for this week according to Michael Overcash.  However, a summary of discussion items may be useful in further teleseminars and is available here.

The second teleseminar will be held on March 31, 2004 and will be by Paul Blowers.  The slides are available by clicking on the link here.

The third teleseminar will be held on April 7, 2004 and will be by Nina Chen.  The slides are available here.

The fourth teleseminar will be held on April 14, 2004 and will be by Nikhil Krishnan and Sarah Boyd.


To access the password protected portion of the website, please type in your given username and password below.  This page should directly link you to the rest of the site.  Please contact Paul Blowers at blowers@engr.arizona.edu for information about access.



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