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Glove Boxes and Glove Box Components

Glove boxes (or gloveboxes) can be used in chemistry and materials science to create an isolated environment for the handling of dangerous or atmosphere sensitive samples. Sealed gloves allow you to handle the contents of the main chamber and an antechamber allows you to add or remove items. Inert atmosphere glove boxes, sometimes referred to as nitrogen glove boxes, purge an inert gas through the chamber to reduce the amount of oxygen and water levels to below a defined level. This is then maintained at an overpressure to ensure that no gasses leak into the system.

Inert atmosphere glove boxes like the Ossila Glove Box are useful for any application that might be affected by normal atmospheric conditions. They can used for handling, preparing, or storing air and moisture sensitive materials. Common applications include chemical synthesis and thin film device fabrication.

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Glove Box

Glove Box

Ultra-low leak rate (ISO Class II) inert atmosphere laboratory glove box. Low price and economical to use, even over extended periods of time. The Ossila Glove Box is equipped with built in monitoring software, multiple feedthroughs, an antechamber with independent sensor boards, and more. Small enough to fit on any lab bench for a low oxygen and moisture environment.

Price $9,350.00 ex. VAT
Glove Box Gloves

Glove Box Gloves

Replacement 32” glove box gloves for the Ossila Glove Box (or any other with a 9” port diameter). Constructed from butyl rubber and suitable for use with a range of chemicals. Glove box gloves are susceptible to damage under normal usage and should be replaced as soon as they develop a hole to maintain the integrity of the internal atmosphere. Sold as a pair.

Price $418.00 ex. VAT
Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen Sensor

Replacement 4-pin oxygen sensor for the Ossila Glove Box. Accurate and easy to fit. Oxygen sensors use a photoluminescent material and therefore need to be replaced every 1-2 years. You may need to replace your oxygen sensor sooner if working with organic solvents (we recommend minimising exposure to the vapours by keeping solution bottles closed) or high temperatures.

Price $198.00 ex. VAT
Glove Box Nitrile O-Rings

Glove Box Nitrile O-Rings

Spare or replacement glove port and antechamber door O-rings for the Ossila Glove Box. Sold in packs of four and two respectively to allow for a full replacement of the relevant O-rings. Prolong the life of your O-rings by checking them regularly and wiping them down to remove any dust and replace when they lose elasticity or crack from repeated usage or age.

From $11.00 ex. VAT

Glove Box Uses and Applications

An inert atmosphere glove box is an enclosed environment that is filled with an inert gas, such as nitrogen or argon. This atmosphere is then maintained by keeping an overpressure of the inert gas in the system, making glove boxes a straight-forward and affordable way to create an atmosphere void of H2O and O2.

Working in such an environment is an encouraged practice for some experiments, such as when doing so may improve the quality of the results obtained, and an essential practice for others. In particular, it is important that you use a glove box when:

  • Working with or storing materials that oxidise, hydrolyse, or degrade when exposed to air
  • Working with hygroscopic materials that start to absorb water (and clump) as soon as they are exposed to ambient conditions
  • Working with pyrophoroic chemicals (such as alkali metals, metal hydrides and alkyl metal hydrides) that react violently with air or with moisture and must therefore be used under controlled, inert conditions
  • Working with emergent technologies that can suffer degradation if exposed to ambient conditions, such as modern material combinations used in 3rd generation photovoltaics or lithium-ion battery technology

Glove boxes are useful for a wide range of experiments across several different fields, including materials science, chemistry, biological research, and pharmaceuticals. Broadly speaking, any application that involves samples that have any degree of sensitivity to water or oxygen would benefit from being performed inside an inert atmosphere laboratory glove box.

The Ossila Glove Box
The Ossila Glove Box creates a cheap-to-maintain inert atmosphere for processing and chemistry

Chemical synthesis

Inert atmosphere glove boxes are ideal environments for the synthesis of air and moisture sensitive materials. With an oxygen and moisture free environment it is possible to synthesise materials and prepare them for analysis without having to expose them to air. This increases the likelihood of success by reducing the potential for unwanted reactions with air or moisture.

The ability to access services such as power, vacuum lines, and cooling feedthroughs via the use of standard connectors means that there are a wide variety of synthesis routes that can be explored. This gives you the power to do what you need to do in the lab.

Additive manufacturing

Over the past decade one of the most exciting developments in manufacturing is the adoption of additive manufacturing techniques. Multiple different methods are available for printing parts with techniques such as fused deposition method, stereolithography, and digital light printing coming centre stage.

Each of these techniques rely on the use of thermoplastic polymers or polymer precursor resins that are reactive under UV light. Over time, exposure of these materials to humidity results in degradation in the quality of parts being manufactured. Recent research has shown that even exposure to humidity during the manufacturing process can cause problems, while processing in humidity free and inert atmospheres can produce parts with improved mechanical properties.

Materials handling and storage

Many materials and solvents that are used by chemists and materials scientists when used or stored in ambient conditions can absorb moisture or even react with oxygen. Often this can result in permanent changes to the materials properties or the process of removing water from the material can be time consuming and difficult to do. Ideally these materials should be stored within an environment where exposure to either oxygen or water is limited as much as possible.

Organic electronics

Organic semiconducting materials are of importance to a wide range of fields of research including LEDs, transistors, and photovoltaics. The promise of low-cost electronic devices with high performance has drawn in much research over the past two decades, leading to huge progress in all fields of organic electronic research.

Devices made from these materials require thin films to be deposited (e.g. via spin coating, or with a dip coater or slot-die coater) to produce functional structures while at the same time these films need to be fabricated in an inert environment due to the sensitivity of materials to oxygen and moisture.

Battery technology

Research into new varieties of battery technology are of paramount importance to modern technology. Efficient batteries such as those based upon lithium-ion technology require low levels of moisture throughout the manufacturing process. Exposure of the active materials to moisture leads to unwanted reactions which result in significantly reduced device performance. In order to overcome this, batteries are made inside completely dry environments.

Perovskite Electronics

Organic metal halide perovskite materials are a revolutionary new category of materials that are seeing applications in areas such as photovoltaics, light emitting diodes, perovskite quantum dots, and much more. Although there are a wide variety of formulations of perovskites based upon the precursor materials chosen, almost all are highly sensitive to the presence of moisture.

Fabrication of thin film perovskite devices in atmosphere often leads to incorrect morphology or incomplete conversion and results in devices that do not work. By using an inert atmosphere glove box researchers can optimize parameters in their fabrication routine in a consistent environment. This eliminates the uncertainty that atmospheric conditions are having on the formation of the thin-film morphology. Giving you the certainty you need from experiment to experiment to create the highest quality films and devices.

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