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Precision Slot Die Coating for All Laboratories

Scale up your thin film processing with our compact and affordable slot die coater


Part of the Institute of Physics award-winning solar cell prototyping platform, the Ossila Slot Die Coater is much smaller than other models on the market but just as precise. Despite its reduced size, it also includes an integrated syringe pump for synchronised start and end times.

Our slot die coater is fully operable via the digital controls on the unit itself. This allows you to easily programme multi-step processes, where different parts of the system can each be controlled independently. Up to 20 of these programmes can be saved, each of which can contain up to 50 steps, for easy repeat experiments. You have control over temperature, substrate speed and alignment, solution flow rate, channel thickness, head height, and more.

This product is covered by our two-year warranty and is eligible for free worldwide shipping. Designed to be used by both beginners and experts, order your slot die coater today to scale up your thin film processing. A range of slot die coater accessories including heads, shims and tubing can also be purchased separately.

Two-Year Warranty

Two-Year Warranty

Covered by the Ossila Warranty

Slot Die Coater Precision alignment

Precision Alignment

3-point levelling system

Easy to use Horizontal Laminar Flow Hood

Easy to Use

User friendly design

Horizontal Laminar Flow Hood Low Operating Costs

Low Operating Costs

Low energy consumption 


Key Features


Space-saving design

Space-Saving Design

Designed with lab space in mind, our compact desktop design allows the Ossila Slot Die Coater to be placed on standard laboratory benches, fume hoods, and even within gloveboxes.

Easy setup

Easy Set Up

Ready for immediate use upon being plugged into a power socket. With no need for compressed gasses or vacuum lines, the Ossila Slot Die Coater can easily be moved between different labs and environments.

High cross-web uniformity

High Uniformity

By using a simple coat-hanger design for the distribution of solution, the flow rate across the head width is made uniform. This results in highly even coatings across the width for a wide range of viscosities. The stainless-steel slot die head allows for compatibility with the widest range of materials possible.

Variable channel thickness

Variable Channel Thickness

Interchangeable stainless-steel shims allow the user to change the thickness of the slot die channel, increasing the range of different solutions that can be processed with a single slot die head. By inserting multiple shims, the channel thickness can be increased in intervals of 100μm.

Uniform flow rates and thicknesses

Uniform Flow Rates and thicknesses

For accurate and repeatable film thicknesses, the Ossila Slot Die Coater has an in-built syringe pump. This gives precise control over the amount of solution entering the system. The in-built software makes programming synchronised starting times easy.

Temperature control

Temperature Control

A built-in hotplate on the stage allows the temperature of the substrate to be controlled. This can improve the wetting of solutions by reducing the surface tension and allows the drying rates to be varied. For environments with high air flow, a temperature offset can be set to correct for differences between the substrate and hotplate temperature.

Wide range of substrate speeds

Wide Range of Substrate Speeds

Our motorised stage allows for smooth, continuous movement. With the motor capable of moving at speeds from as low as 100 μm.s-1 to as high as 50 mm.s-1, the system has a wide processing window for control of the meniscus.

Precision alignment

Precision Alignment

By using a 3-point levelling system along with high precision micrometer gauges it is possible to precisely align the stage relative to the head.

Head height control

Head Height Control

Two micrometers on top of the head carriage allow for the adjustment of the slot die head relative to the stage. By varying the gap height, the stability of the meniscus can be improved, and the minimum wet film thickness can be changed.

In-built software

Integrated Software

The Ossila Slot Die Coater is completely controlled by in-built software. Complex multi-step processes can be programmed with fine control over solution dispense rates, dispense volumes, dispense times, and stage speed.

Slot-Die Coater diagram

Integrated Software


The intuitive, easy-to-use in-built software used in Ossila's other products has been incorporated into our slot die coater. A full-colour LCD provides a clear bright view of the screen, and the in-built software allows for the programming of complex multi-step processes where the different parts of the system can be controlled independently. As all elements are contained within the system, there is no need for any external computer controls - further saving money and space within the labs.

The slot die system is capable of saving 20 different programmes containing up to 50 steps each. These steps allow the user to choose various solution dispense rates, dispense volumes, dispense times, stage speed, and distance moved. Combined with the simple-to-use control panel and user interface, programming of the system can be done quickly.

Our slot die coating system comes with various safety features to ensure user protection. Maximum force settings can be applied for the syringe driver to reduce the chance of damage to delicate glass syringes. In addition, safety interlocks stop the system from crashing at the end of the travel (for both the syringe pump and motorised stage).

The Ossila Slot Die Coater features in-built software controllable via the buttons on the front panel

Publications


  1. Slot-Die Coating of Double Polymer Layers for the Fabrication of Organic Light Emitting Diodes. Amruth C. et al. Micromachines 10(1), 53 (2019). Available at: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-666X/10/1/53
  2. Slot-die printed two-dimensional ZrS3 charge transport layer for perovskite light-emitting diodes. Dmitry S. Muratov et al. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2019). Just accepted manuscript: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b16457

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Included with the Slot Die Coater


Resources and Support


The Ultimate Guide to Making Perovskite Solar Cells The Ultimate Guide to Making Perovskite Solar Cells

Over the past 10 years, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have achieved record efficiencies of 25.5% single junction solar cells (as of 20211) and these efficiencies are rising impressively.

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What are Perovskite Solar Cells? What are Perovskite Solar Cells?

A perovskite solar cell is a thin film photovoltaic device. In these devices, perovskites absorb sunlight and convert it into electrical energy. Certain perovskites have fundamental properties which make them excellent at this. In some ways, perovskites are even better than the materials used in current solar cells.

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Solution Coating Methods: A Comparison Solution Coating Methods: A Comparison

When it comes to depositing highly-uniform wet thin films, there are many different solution-processing techniques capable of producing high-quality films at low cost.

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Slot-Die Coating: Theory, Design, & Applications Slot Die Coating: Theory, Design, & Applications

Slot die coating is an extremely versatile deposition technique in which a solution is delivered onto a substrate via a narrow slot positioned close to the surface.

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Large-Scale Deposition of Organic Solar Cells Large-Scale Deposition of Organic Solar Cells

Whilst organic photovoltaic (OPV) efficiencies have exceeded 14% in research, the majority of proposed systems are small-scale devices manufactured using spin coating which wastes large amounts of materials, and is a batch processing technique.

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Perovskites and Perovskite Solar Cells: An Introduction Perovskites and Perovskite Solar Cells: An Introduction

The rapid improvement of perovskite solar cells has made them the rising star of the photovoltaics world and of huge interest to the academic community.

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Slot-Die Coater User Manual Slot Die Coater User Manual

The Ossila Slot Die Coater has been designed for simple operation and easy maintenance. An integrated high-precision Syringe Pump allows for accurate flow rates.

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Technical Specifications

General Specification
Maximum Hotplate Temperature 120 °C (248 °F)
Stage Surface Roughness (RMS) <3 μm*
Stage Surface Flatness <20 μm*
Linear Motion Levelness <50 μm variation over 100 mm (0.05%)*
Stage Travel Length 100 mm (maximum)
Minimum Stage Speed 100 μm.s-1
Maximum Stage Speed 50 mm.s-1
Maximum Head to Substrate Travel Distance 13 mm
Power Supply DC 24 V, 6.2 A, via 100 – 240 V 50/60 Hz power adapter
Dimensions (D x W x H) 360 mm x 280 mm x 190 mm (14.2" x 11" x 7.5")
Shipping Weight <10 kg (<22.05 lbs)

*Values determined at a stage temperature of 21 °C (69.8 °F).

In-built Syringe Pump
Minimum Syringe Speed 12 μm.s-1
Maximum Syringe Speed 5 mm.s-1
Slot Die Head Specification
Slot Die Head Material Stainless Steel
Slot Die Head Coating Width 50 mm (maximum)
Slot Die Shim Thickness

100 μm

50 μm

Luer Lock Adapter Stainless Steel M5 to Luer Lock Adapter
Tubing and Connector Material PTFE Tubing, high density PP Luer lock connectors, stainless steel Luer lock to thread connector

Slot Die Coating Accessories

The Ossila Slot Die Coater comes with a range of accessories as standard, including everything you need to start making high quality thin film coatings. However, it can be beneficial to have additional accessories to speed up the processing of devices, reduce chances of cross contamination, or to allow for the processing of a wider variety of solutions and parameters. Below is the full range of spares and accessories that can be purchased to go alongside the slot die coating system.

Solution Making Supplies

Related Processing Equipment


To the best of our knowledge the information provided here is accurate. The values provided are typical at the time of manufacture and may vary over time and from batch to batch. Products may have minor cosmetic differences (e.g. to the branding) compared to the photos on our website. All products are for laboratory and research and development use only.

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