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Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Coating

Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) is an optically clear substance that is also electrically conductive, and can be coated to substrates including glass and plastics

Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Coating

Let’s break this down: Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) is an optically clear substance that is also electrically conductive, and can be coated to substrates including glass and plastics.

Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Coatings

As we mentioned above, Indium Tin Oxide is both transparent and conductive – two qualities that when combined form a product that is used in a multiple of industries and applications. Because of its relative ease in depositing onto substrates such as glass or plastic, ITO has become one of the most common transparent conducting oxides throughout the World.

So what are Indium Tin Oxide Transparent Conductive Coatings used for?

The most common and obvious application is in touchscreens. By providing a clear and conductive layer to your devices screen, the device can register exactly where you have touched on-screen and perform the command intended. This is down to your touch being conductive.

Other displays on a larger scale also utilise ITO. Flat panel and plasma displays commonly use ITO coatings within their screens. ITO can also be applied to thin films, providing a layer of conductivity. This is useful in larger touchscreen applications as well as retail window displays, for example.

The display applications above are only really scratching the surface though, Indium Tin Oxide is used in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace and even space exploration! One example of this is heated windows which prevent misting, fogging and freezing. These are used in both trains and planes, with luxury car manufacturers now following suit.

Other areas of interest

The military industry benefits from ITO coatings in various applications including command consoles and precision instruments used in the field.

The medical industry also utilise ITO within a large number of devices, especially those that require a touch panel and / or EMI/RFI shielding. Research and Development comes to mind too, with ITO microscope slides and ITO coverslips being used in electron microscopy.

The environment benefits too with ITO being used in solar panels and energy efficient windows.

Do you need more information?

Contact a member of the Diamond Coatings team today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have on Indium Tin Oxide. If you have a specific ITO requirement, we would be delighted to assist.




What is an Optical Coating?

An optical coating is a thin film deposited on a surface to alter its optical properties and manipulate the behaviour of light

What is an ITO substrate?

The transparency and conductivity available for the surfaces of glass, plastics, and thin films has significantly expanded the potential applications for ITO substrates.

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Operating ultra-modern magnetron sputtering plants complete with clean rooms from state-of-the-art factory premises in Phoenix, Arizona. Diamond Coatings provide an extensive range of products, including ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) and AR (Anti-Reflection) coatings on glass or plastics; capacitive and resistive touch screens; monolithic shielding filters (RFI) on glass or plastics; mesh windows, glass supplies and more.
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