(Indium tin oxide coated glass) belongs to the group of TCO (transparent conducting oxide) conductive glasses.
An ITO glass has a property of low sheet resistance and high transmittance. It is mostly used in research and development. ITO coated glass substrates are widely used to organic/inorganic heterojunction solar cells, Schottky solar cells, CdTe solar cells and other various thin film solar cells as transparent semiconductor oxide electrode materials since their transparency and high conductivity.
The ITO-coatings are used whenever an electrically conductive surface with a high optical transparency is needed. These properties are obtained by sputter-coating a thin conductive layer of indium-tin-oxide on high quality glass substrates. Nanoshel gives conductive, transparent ITO–glass is often used for LCD-displays, touch screens and micro structuring applications. But there are many other typical applications for our ITO coating. They are used for the manufacturing of transparent electrodes, as integrated invisible flat antennas, antistatic windows, heating and de-icing windows with an optical function, far infrared range mirrors and for many other unique technical appliances in industry and science.
Indium-tin-oxide coatings have the capability to shield electromagnetic fields. Because of the low electrical sheet resistances, our ITO-coatings are often used for EM-shielding windows, which must be capable to transmit visible light. For research and development applications, Nanoshel manufacture ITO-coated microscope slides and cover slips at any common size used in science
ITO coatings are among the most widely used transparent conductive coatings. Because ITO can offer transparency and conductivity, it is used to coat materials that do not conduct electric current such as plastics. ITO when used in non conductive materials helps to prevent electrostatic charging. Any application that requires highly visible light transmission and a surface that is electrically conductive can make use of indium tin oxide coatings.
ITO coatings are available at Nanoshel that manufacture liquid crystal displays, heaters, head-up displays, plasma displays and touch panels. Other manufacturers use these thin films in making aircraft windshields, organic LEDs and solar panels. Most importantly, ITO (indium tin oxide) is used to make a number of optical coatings and glass substrates. The coatings are used in the manufacture of high expansion glasses, high index glasses and sheet glasses. Plastic and temperature sensitive substances can also be coated with indium tin oxide. For instance, fiber optic devices can have these coatings in order to enhance conductivity. There are many other applications where these thin films can be used.
Optical coatings like infrared-reflecting coatings are usually made using ITO. These ITO films have different optical and electronic properties. They must contain a certain density of charge carriers in order to conduct. Sometimes the thin films are designed using high levels of charge carriers in order to boost their conductivity. However, when the level of conductivity increases their transparency lowers. This has been a challenge because of difficulty in maintaining transparency while making sure the coatings are conductive and flexible. The density of charge carriers on the thin films will depend on the kind of application they will be used for.
The best ITO coatings are designed to minimize glare and boost clarity especially when they are used in making digital displays. The coatings are able to provide clear images while ensuring the surface conducts electrical current effectively.
When used in extreme environments, the coatings can provide high optical performance. These coatings can be used to make military, medical and avionics displays. When used in such extreme applications, the coatings are designed to maintain the highest level of durability and offer optical performance. The processes involved in the making of indium tin oxide coatings should be well monitored if they will be used in sensitive environments.
ITO coatings can basically be used to fulfill different requirements. When looking for these products, ensure you choose a process that perfectly suits your needs. You also need to find a reliable manufacturer of optical coatings and ensure they have a good reputation of manufacturing quality thin film conductive coatings.