Laboratory glove box system for inert atmosphere processing and chemistry
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The new inert atmosphere laboratory glove box from Ossila can create and maintain low oxygen and moisture environments for the processing of air sensitive materials and chemicals.
Using an inert gas such as Nitrogen or Argon, the Ossila Glove Box is capable of producing an atmosphere with oxygen levels consistently below 0.5% and water levels as low as 10 PPM. Constructed from high quality, low ingress materials such as steel and glass, the system is suitable for a large of range of applications in the lab and can maintain a steady environment for extended periods of time. Sophisticated in-built monitoring software, highly accurate sensors, and automated purging make the glove box incredibly easy-to-use and cheap-to-run.
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Laboratory glove boxes (or gloveboxes) are used in chemistry and materials science to create an isolated environment for the handling of dangerous or atmosphere sensitive samples. Sealed gloves allow the contents of the main chamber to be handled and an antechamber allows items to be added or removed.
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. Our glove box has been designed for any application that requires an inert atmosphere, including thin film coating and processing, additive manufacturing, biological research and more.
High Accuracy Sensor Board
Crucial to maintaining a constant internal environment is having reliable, accurate, real-time data on the conditions within the glove box. The Ossila Glove Box is equipped with precision sensor boards that incorporate oxygen, moisture, pressure, and temperature sensors. Each provides high accuracy readings and constant feedback to the control system to ensure that an inert atmosphere is maintained at all times.
Complete control is provided by the in-built software, which can be used to set maximum values for oxygen and moisture and an allowed range of pressures.
Transfer Chamber (Antechamber)
The small glove box antechamber allows you to quickly transfer items into and out of the main chamber without exposing the inside to atmospheric conditions. The glove box antechamber is made from the same grade 304 stainless steel as the main chamber, and comes equipped with the same high accuracy sensor boards. To give you complete peace of mind when transferring samples, oxygen and moisture values are displayed at all times.
With internal dimensions of 150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm, the antechamber is big enough to easily transfer materials and accessories in and out of the glove box.
High Quality Materials
While developing the Ossila Glove Box, we performed extensive tests on the performance of different materials. The results were clear. By using a combination of grade 304 stainless steel, 6mm hardened glass, and butyl rubber gloves, our inert atmosphere glove box is able to offer ultra low moisture and oxygen ingress rates. This gives the system a wide compatibility with different materials and solvents and makes it suitable for nearly any experiment.
Built to last, the solid construction and premium materials of the glove box means that it can withstand frequent long-term use in a busy lab without issue.
Cheap to Run
The Ossila Glove Box has both a low price tag, and a low operational cost. Due to the low ingress rates for moisture and oxygen and the welded stainless steel design of the glove box, the amount of gas required to operate the system is significantly reduced. In our testing, we have observed a leak rate of less than 0.25% volume per hour. This increases the time between switching between cylinders when using bottled gas and makes it cheaper to maintain the desired atmosphere for extended periods of time.
Available for the low price of
£6000, the Ossila Glove Box is the smart choice for any lab.
The inert atmosphere glove box allows you to provide set points for oxygen, moisture, and over pressure. With constant monitoring of the internal atmosphere via the sensor board and in-built software, the system ensures that the environment stays below these set points at all times. Even when you are away from the lab, you can be assured that your samples are safe.
The software also allows you to perform quick regular purges, purge (cycle) the antechamber, and run an automated initial purge procedure.
Expand the range of experiments that you can do with universal feedthroughs. Our inert atmosphere glove box comes with two universal KF 40 flange feedthroughs so that you can incorporate pass-throughs for power, communication lines, vacuums, or anything else that you desire.
The Ossila Glove Box has been designed to be as versatile as possible and has a near endless list of possible appplications. Please contact us if you are unsure if it is suitable for your intended use.
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What can Gloveboxes be used for?
Glove boxes are one of the most important pieces of equipment for handling and preparation of materials and samples in scientific research. Glove boxes isolate the environment where the sample or materials are being handled from the environment that the user is in.
Typically glove boxes used for isolating dangerous materials are operated at an under pressure while those that protect materials from the external environment are operated at an overpressure using an inert gas.
There is a wide range of different fields that require the use of gloveboxes, these include:
- Organic Electronics
- Materials Handling
- Battery Technology
- Additive Manufacturing
- Perovskite Electronics
- Biological Research
- Many more...
The Ossila Glove Box is perfect for any experiment that requires isolation from oxygen or water.
How does the Glove Box Maintain an Inert Atmosphere?
Glove boxes maintain a specific atmosphere by displacing the gas present inside the chamber with another. Nitrogen and argon are commonly used gasses for establishing an inert atmosphere. These are purged through a chamber until internal sensors measure levels of oxygen and moisture that are below a desired set point.
In order to keep the oxygen and moisture levels below the desired set point the system will occasionally purge more inert gas through the system.
To make sure that the amount of purging required is kept to a minimum the box is made air tight and the materials used have a low ingress of moisture and oxygen. For glove boxes that rely solely on purging, the absolute minimum water and oxygen values are dependent upon the purity of the gas source. Glove boxes can also be made to produce atmospheres that have lower levels of moisture and oxygen than the gas source by using oxygen scrubbers and moisture traps. For more information on how ingress rates of materials can impact the inert atmosphere of glove boxes please read our article Glove Boxes: Ingress of Moisture and Oxygen.
Glove boxes also operate at an overpressure, this ensures that any small leak present in the system does not result in the external atmosphere entering the system. For more information on the impact of leaks on glove boxes please read our article Glove Boxes: Leaks and Leak Detection. Most glove boxes also include an antechamber, these ensure that objects can be passed into and out of the main chamber without exposing it to the external atmosphere.
All of these features work together to maintain a completely separate processing environment and to keep operational costs and downtime of the system to a minimum.
|Glove Box External Dimensions||500 mm x 750 mm x 500 mm (D x W x H)|
|Glove Box Internal Dimensions||450 mm x 600 mm x 500 mm (D x W x H)|
|Antechamber Internal Dimensions||150 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm (D x W x H)|
|Glove Box Weight||35 kg|
|Box and Antechamber Material||2 mm, Grade 304 Stainless Steel, 2B Surface Finish|
|Window Material||6 mm, Hardened Glass|
|Gloves||2 x Butyl Rubber Gloves, 8 Inch Diameter|
|Feedthroughs||2 x DN 40 ISO-KF Blanked Feedthroughs|
|Gas Inlet / Exhaust||12 mm Push-Fit Connector (PTFE recommended)|
|Gas Inlet Requirements||99.99% N2 Purity, Inlet Pressure (0.5 bar to 2 bar)|
|Oxygen Sensor Range||0.5% to 25%|
|Oxygen Sensor Resolution||0.01% Resolution|
|Moisture Sensor Range||0% Relative Humidity to 100% Relative Humidity|
|Moisture Sensor Resolution||0.1% Relative Humidity (15 PPM)|
|Working Overpressure Range||0 to 5 mbar|
|Purge Overpressure Range||10 to 15 mbar|
|Maximum Input Pressure||2 bar|
|Leak Rate||< 0.25 % Vol/hour (ISO Class II)|
|Safety Features||Software control of maximum pressure, 500 mbar blow off valve|
|Lighting||Internal LED White Light|
|Power supply||24V DC|
*Please note that the exhaust of the glove box does not have filtration and so should be exhausted into a fumehood or exhaust stack of the building.
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 greatly 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.
The Ossila Glove Box continually maintains the atmosphere within the system below the threshold set by the user. The process is completely automated so you can be sure that both the materials stored in the system and the experiment itself are safe from exposure. In addition, the low cost and ease of use allows the system to be set up as a dedicated environment for specific experiments which reduces the chances of cross contamination with other users of your lab space.
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 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.
The Ossila Glove Box allows users to use deposition equipment such as spin coaters and dip coaters to deposit thin film structures safely without exposing them to air. With the antechamber, transferring samples to other systems for testing or the processing of other layers is simple, and can be done without having to expose the main processing chamber to air. All this speeds up research without compromising quality.
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. It is known that 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.
Ossila’s inert environment glove box provides the low-cost solution to integrating an inert environment into your 3D printing process. By housing your printer inside the chamber, it is simple to move parts manufactured inside the glove box outside ready for testing or shipping.
At the same time, it becomes much simpler to store materials as they can be left inside the system without having them exposed to air. New spools or resin containers can be moved into the glove box through the antechamber allowing the system to stay inert and keep printing.
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.
The use of an inert atmosphere glove box can allow you to keep materials stored permanently without risk of exposure to water or oxygen. By incorporating microbalances inside the glove box, it is also possible to decant small quantities of materials for use without having to expose stocks of materials to atmosphere. Materials can also be sealed under nitrogen or argon for safe transport.
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.
By using an inert atmosphere glove box, it is possible to provide a moisture free environment for the manufacturing of devices. In addition, the incorporation of standard feedthroughs to glove boxes allows data and power feedthroughs to be used, allowing you to interface with equipment to measure devices. This gives researchers complete control and the ability to eliminate moisture from their experiment.
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.
The Ossila Glove Box uses in-built software to guarantee a set atmosphere, even over extended periods of time.
The software allows the user to set maximum set points for oxygen and moisture levels. When the internal sensors measure in excess of these values the system will automatically purge to ensure that the system maintains an inert atmosphere.
The user can also set maximum and minimum set point values for the system overpressure. By defining an allowed range for overpressure, they can comfortably work within the glove box while ensuring that an overpressure is constantly maintained.
Other features that are included within the software include quick purge buttons that allow the user to set the system to purge for fixed times. These are useful when using chemicals and solvents. .Operating regular purges after handling these materials ensures that the chamber does not become saturated, that accurate sensor readings are maintained, and that samples are not compromised due to contamination or degradation.
The software also has an automated initial purge procedure for when the system has been exposed to atmosphere for maintenance or is being set up for the first time. The automated purge provides constant gas purging for an extended period until the oxygen and moisture sensors are reduced to the set point value.
The glove box antechamber has similar functionality to the main chamber. Like the main chamber, it includes a high accuracy sensor board which monitors its internal environment. To provide complete isolation while transferring objects, the software comes with an antechamber cycle option that purges the chamber until it reaches oxygen and moisture levels equal to the internal environment.
All this functionality is provided inside a simple to use interface. With just a quick glance at the screen it is possible to know if the internal atmosphere is inert, if the antechamber is safe to open, or if the system is still operating at a desired overpressure.
To the best of our knowledge the technical information provided here is accurate. However, Ossila assume no liability for the accuracy of this information. The values provided here are typical at the time of manufacture and may vary over time and from batch to batch.