Balazs™ provides analytical services to high-tech industries with a commitment to absolute quality control. As part of the Air Liquide Group, we have a global presence and offer comprehensive solutions to support developing technologies.
Absolute quality control
Balazs™ provides accurate, timely analytical services to the semiconductor, disk drive, pharmaceutical, power, aeronautic, automotive and other industries. We analyze ultra pure water, source water and chemicals; equipment and components; thin films and bare wafers; wet stations; and anything in the cleanroom including gases and the air. We test for trace level metals, ions, particles and organics. Balazs™ is committed to absolute quality control of processes and products.
As a part of the Air Liquide Group, our global presence (130 subsidiaries in more than 70 countries with 4 dedicated laboratories serving customers worldwide ) allows us to combine the resources and expertise of a global enterprise with a powerful local presence based on independent customer-focused teams.
Air Liquide's commitment to technology and innovation has kept it at the forefront of the high-tech business for more than 100 years. In 2001, Air Liquide acquired Balazs™ as a strategic component for the Group. The Group's objective is, and has always been, to fulfill customers’ needs while enhancing our expertise and competitiveness. The result is relentless pursuit of innovative solutions that improve customers’ industrial performance and protect the environment.
Comprehensive analytical services
Our core business is to support developing technologies through research and development of analytical techniques and knowledge. Balazs' research experts work with clients to:
- Identify contamination and its source
- Develop methods to improve contamination detection limits
- Master analytical equipment and tools to optimize performance
- Develop new chemistries for production use
- Provide accurate, repeatable test results
Research and development
Finding analytical solutions to support leading-edge process developments and resolve manufacturing issues has been the foundation of Balazs' strategy since its creation. This history of innovation explains why Balazs remains on the cutting edge in all areas of its activities.
Balazs supports technolgy development by investing time and resources to help our customers reach the next technology node, increase production yields or any other analytical requirement.
Projects may be initiated by customers, industry, internal requests or pending government regulations. Some of the industry groups we support include:
- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
- International Roadmap for Devices and Systems
- National Institute of Standards & Technology
- International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association
- American Society for Testing and Materials
- Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology
Balazs laboratories are located in Fremont, CA, Dallas, TX, Taichung, Taiwan and Crolles, France.
|Marjorie K. Balazs open Balazs™
|Balazs™ ultrapure water guidelines are adopted by SEMI
|Air Liquide acquires analytical services from Texas Instruments
|Air Liquide acquires Balazs™ Analytical Laboratory
|Air Liquide acquires Analytical Services Group
|Balazs™ becomes Balazs™ NanoAnalysis
Marjorie K. Balazs founded Balazs Analytical Laboratory™ in 1975. Balazs Analytical Laboratory soon became known worldwide for work in high purity water, chemicals, thin and thick films, and micro-contamination problem solving.
In 1985, Balazs' pure water specifications were adopted by SEMI and became the semiconductor industry standard. Since then, Balazs Analytical Laboratory has been recognized for maintaining high standards and contributing technology to the semiconductor industry.
In July, 2001, Air Liquide acquired Balazs Analytical Laboratory, combining both companies’ analytical laboratory services to expand its offer to the semiconductor industry. Balazs’ ultra-trace water analysis capability complemented Air Liquide 's existing ultra-trace chemical analysis capability and established a new technological leader.
The new business unit, Balazs Analytical Services, is headquartered in Fremont, CA with additional facilities in Dallas, TX and Corbeil, France.
In 2004, Air Liquide acquired Analytical Service Group in order to strengthen Balazs' know-how on surface, organic and inorganic analyses, testing of packaging materials, thermal analyses of polymers and extensive wafer analyses. Dr. Hugh Gotts, owner of ASG brings over 20 years of microcontamination expertise and is a leading expert on organic and polymer analyses using vibrational spectroscopy such as Raman and FTIR (Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy).
Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP, part of the Air Liquide Group, maintains a global organization with more than 50 onsite Total Gas and Chemical Management centers complemented by dedicated research and development facilities in the United States, Japan and Europe that are responsible for more than 5,000 active patents.
Where to find us?
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.
- Fremont, CA laboratory ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certificate
- Dallas, TX laboratory ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certificate
The ISO 9001 standard demonstrate an organization's ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.