Spin Coater


Product Code L2001A3-E461-UK
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Produce high-quality coatings without any substrate warping

Vacuum-free, compact, and portable - perfect for busy labs with limited space

Part of the Institute of Physics award-winning Ossila Solar Cell Prototyping Platform, the Ossila Spin Coater offers the ideal spin-coating solution for a busy lab where space is at a premium.

The machine itself is compact and highly affordable, allowing everyone to implement spin coating in their research. It offers high-quality coating without the issues of substrate warping. As it does not require a vacuum pump or nitrogen line, it is truly the ultimate plug-and-play spin coater. Its compact size and reduced need for servicing enables you to optimise space in the glovebox or on the bench without compromising on functionality.

Our Spin Coater is fully compatible with the Ossila Syringe Pump and can be purchased as a package deal.

Spin Coater - Ossila vacuum free Spin Coater
Designed to reduce substrate warping, improve film quality & eliminate the service requirements necessary with vacuum/nitrogen lines

Spin coating is a widely used and versatile technique for depositing materials onto substrates with accurate and controllable film thicknesses. Spin coating uses the centripetal force and surface tension of the solution to create an even film, making it quicker than other thin film coating methods. Spin coating is ideal for batch processing in both research and industrial settings.

The spin coater is priced at just £1950.00, and comes with one FREE spin coater chuck. Please indicate which of our range of stock spin coater chucks you would like when placing your order. If you want a custom-milled chuck to fit your own substrate system, please contact us to discuss options (custom chucks are £50.00 extra with the purchase of a spin coater). We also provide a FREE 2-year warranty to get you working again quickly, in the unlikely event of repairs being required.

Spin coater and syringe pump bundle

Upgrade your spin coater with the syringe pump bundle

  • Save £40 when bought as a bundle
  • FREE connection adapter, disposable syringes, PTFE tubing and needles
  • Provides precise and automatic control for repeatable results
  • Perfect for complex multi-step processes

Spin Coater Features

Large range of speeds
Spin speeds range from 120 to 6000 rpm, covering a range of different spin coating conditions - from slow dry crystallisation, to ultra-thin films.

Easy to install
With no vacuum or nitrogen line to connect, simply plug the spin coater into a power socket to get started on your research.

Space-saving design
With a base footprint of only 22.5 x 17cm, there is always space to fit an Ossila Spin Coater in your lab. Whether you need to remove it from your fume hood daily or store it in your glovebox, it is small enough to meet your needs.

Full control
The inbuilt control system allows you to have a maximum of 10 separate user profiles - with each profile capable of saving 10 recipes with up to 50 steps. All this makes our spin coater perfect for anyone that has to share equipment in a busy lab.

Fewer variables, better films
The inbuilt spirit level and adjustable feet ensure a flat spinning axis, and the vacuum-free chuck prevents warping in thin substrates. Both factors lead to better uniformity in films - and better device performance.

Lab-proof
The robust steel casing, toughened glass lid, and solvent-safe polypropylene insert and chuck mean that the Ossila Spin Coater is resilient and ready for use in a working laboratory.

Low Maintenance
Spin-coating systems that use vacuums are susceptible to becoming damaged, and have complicated repair procedures. The Ossila Spin Coater has the minimum number of require moving parts, no vacuum, and a 2-year warranty, so your research is unlikely to be disrupted by equipment failure.

Safety First
The spin coater is powered by a 24 V DC power supply, so no high voltage or specialist power with additional requirements is needed. Shielded from solvents and tampering, there is a magnetic safety switch that stops the chuck from spinning when the lid is open.

Spin Coater diagram

Why Go Vacuum-Free?

The majority of spin coaters in the market use vacuum pumps to hold the substrates while they spin. Unlike the rest, the Ossila Spin Coater features an innovative chuck that does not require a vacuum. Instead, substrates are held in place by recesses cut into a polypropylene chuck, allowing excess coating material to be drained away.

Spin Coater Chuck
Ossila Spin Coater Chucks hold substrates in place without vacuum, keeping them safe & secure. Custom Spin Coater Chucks can be ordered to fit substrates of any shape.

Thin substrates are likely to be warped inwards by vacuum chucks, affecting coating uniformity. The force of vacuum on the solutions deposited on top of porous substrates such as ceramics also leads to inhomogeneity. This reduces the quality and performance of devices. Ossila's vacuum-free chucks ensure an even film distribution by keeping your substrates flat and free from damage - even if they are flexible substrates.

Thin film warping caused by Spin Coater vacuum
Compared to a regular spin coater, Ossila's vacuum-free spin coater gives a even film distribution.

Vacuum-fed spin coaters can only be set up where a vacuum line is available, and are likely to remain where they are set up, taking up space even when not in use. By not needing a vacuum line, the Ossila Spin Coater can be set up anywhere with a single mains socket. The same Ossila Spin Coater can be used on the benchtop, in a fume hood, and a glove box - all in the same day if needed, thanks to its easy setup and compact size.

Most spin coaters are burdened by the hidden cost of vacuum pumps that are usually excluded from the full system price. Vacuum pumps are prone to breaking, resulting in expensive repairs and delays. This is mainly caused by excess solvents being sucked into the vacuum line, damaging the internal components. Short-term and long-term costs can be reduced by using the vacuum-free Ossila Spin Coater, which gives you everything you need to start spin coating - at the all-inclusive price of £1950.00

Spin Coater keypad
Solvent-Safe - The intuitive Spin Coater keypad is covered in a protective FEP film.
Spin Coater spirit level
Our Spin Coater has an inbuilt spirit level and adjustable feet to ensure even coverage.
Ossila spin coater
Compact - The Ossila Spin Coater has a very small lab footprint.

Video demonstrating the spin coating of small and odd-shaped substrates that are often difficult to coat using a standard spin coater.

A frequently-asked question when working with flexible substrates is "How do I spin-coat flexible substrates for reference devices?". This is difficult to achieve using normal spin coaters, as the vacuum warps the substrate and creates an uneven film. The video below demonstrates the Ossila Spin Coater being used with flexible PET substrates (used in the production of flexible OLEDs or photovoltaics) at maximum RPM - resulting in an even coating without any damage to the substrates, thanks to the vacuum-free chuck.


Video - Spin Coater working with flexible substrates; the substrate remains securely fastened to the chuck, even at very high speeds.

Getting Started with Spin Coating

Spin coating is often used as the starting point and reference for many thin-film processes - even if they will eventually get mass-produced using printing-based techniques. Start spin coating devices in your lab: read our spin coating guide, our guide to film thickness or contact our spin coating experts.

Spin Coating Practical User Guide

Spin Coating: A Guide to Theory and Techniques

  • A general introduction to spin coating concept
  • Specific techniques useful in organic electronics and nanotechnology.

Going Further With Spin Coating

For advanced deposition techniques using spin coating, the timing and solution dispense rate is critical. In these situations the dispensing of solution should switch from a manual process to an automated process. We recommend the use of a programmable syringe pump that allows you to control the rate and volume of the solution you wish to dispense, as well as time you want to start dispensing it. Ossila have developed a syringe pump system that allows you to control the dispensing of two different solutions independently. Ossila's syringe pump comes with integrated software controls built into the system, so you do not need a separate computer to control it. This will allow you to easily perform spin coating tasks such as:

  • Solution-processed multilayered structures
  • Solvent quenching of deposited films
  • Surface modification of films by solvent washing
  • Improved wetting of films by pre-coating the surface with a carrier solvent
Syringe Pump for Automated Dispensing

Enable automated dispensing with the Ossila Syringe Pump

  • Controllable Dispense Rates
  • Accurate Timing
  • Dual Syringes for Two Solutions

Spin Coater Support

As with all our products we want to make sure that the Spin Coater is as useful to you as it is to us. We use it in our own R&D labs with a range of organics, inorganics, photoresists, metal oxides and more. We are experienced in spin coating and are happy to share our tips and tricks - simply contact us if you wish. Please also refer to our Spin Coating Guide, which provides details on everything from special spin coating requirements for organic electronics and nanotechnology, to dispense techniques, spin cleaning, and more.

For further technical information, our Spin Coater User Manual is available to download, or you can contact our technical team. For custom or extra Spin Coater chucks, please visit our Spin Coater Chuck page.

F8BT chemical structure poly(dioctyl-fluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) Spin coated PCBM film Spin coated P3HT film
Various materials we have deposited with our vacuum-free Spin Coater (from left to right): F8BT, PCBM, and P3HT thin films.

Product Reviews of the Ossila Spin Coater

"We recently purchased an Ossila Spin Coater. Its compact size and vacuum-free system is ideal for our rather over-crowded laboratory and it has enabled us to prepare a series of high-quality block copolymer thin films. The Ossila chucks make it easy to use different-sized substrates at speeds of up to 6000 rpm. We have programmed several different spin cycles using the straightforward user-interface, which allows systematic variation of the copolymer film thickness with good reproducibility. The instrument is very easy to clean as the chucks, bowl and glass screen are resistant to a range of solvents. In addition, the glass shield protects the surroundings from any excess solution and the instrument stops automatically if this shield is inadvertently raised during a cycle, which is a useful safety feature."

Professor Steve Armes FRS

- Professor of Polymer and Colloid Chemistry, University of Sheffield

Specifications

User Profiles 10
Programs 10 programs on each user profile, with up to 50 steps each
Speed stability <2% error
Speed 120 to 6000 RPM
Spin time 1 - 1000 sec
Power supply DC 24V 2A, via 100-240v 50/60Hz power adapter
Safety Switch Magnetic safety switch on the door
Dimensions 225 x 170 x 132 mm
Materials Polypropylene bowl, steel casing, tempered glass lid

Pricing and Options

Free worldwide shipping on all spin coater orders! Bulk discounts available for large orders.

Bundle Price
Spin Coater only £1950 - £2000
Spin Coater and Syringe Pump bundle offer* £3200 (save £40!)

* Get the Ossila Syringe Pump with your spin coater and save £40 compared to when bought separately. Plus, get a free connection adapter, syringes, PTFE tubing and needles!

Chuck type Price
50 mm and 20 mm x 15 mm substrates £1950
1 inch x 1 inch square substrates £1950
Custom £2000

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.