The Role of Antistatic Panels in Semiconductor Cleanrooms

Posted: July 3rd, 2024

Cleanrooms require stringent control of environmental factors to ensure the production of high-quality products, so a pristine environment is paramount to the semiconductor manufacturing process. One of the main components in controlling a semiconductor cleanroom environment is managing Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) by using antistatic panels. As a supplier of antistatic panels, Gilcrest understands their importance for semiconductor cleanrooms, and will explore them in this blog/

Understanding Semiconductor Cleanroom Requirements

In semiconductor manufacturing, the tiniest particle can cause defects in the microchips, so extreme levels of environmental control are essential.

To achieve this, cleanrooms are equipped with advanced air filtration systems, stringent protocols for personnel, and materials designed to reduce contamination & mitigate other environmental factors, such as electrostatic discharge. Antistatic panels are a key component in this arsenal, specifically addressing the issue of static electricity.

The Menace of Static Electricity

Static electricity is an invisible but significant threat in Semiconductor cleanrooms. It can be generated by various activities and materials, including the movement of personnel, equipment operation, and the use of non-conductive materials. Static discharge can attract and hold particles, making them difficult to remove. More critically, electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage sensitive electronic devices, leading to costly defects and reduced yield.

Antistatic Panels: A Solution

Antistatic panels are designed to mitigate the risks associated with static electricity. These panels are typically made from materials that either dissipate static charges or prevent the build-up of static electricity altogether. Here’s how they contribute to the efficacy of cleanrooms:

  1. Static Dissipation: Antistatic panels are made from materials that have conductive/ static dissipative properties, allowing static charges to dissipate harmlessly (Ideal surface resistivity between 1 x 10’5 and 1 x 10’8). This prevents the accumulation of static electricity on surfaces, reducing the risk of ESD events.
  2. Contamination Control: By eliminating static charges, antistatic panels help prevent particles from adhering to surfaces. This is crucial in maintaining the cleanliness standards required in semiconductor manufacturing, as adhered particles can become sources of contamination.
  3. Enhanced Safety: In environments where volatile chemicals might be used, static electricity can pose an ignition hazard. Antistatic panels help mitigate this risk by preventing the build-up of static charges, enhancing the overall safety of the cleanroom environment.
  4. Durability and Maintenance: Antistatic panels are designed to be durable and easy to clean. Their surfaces are resistant to chemicals and abrasion, ensuring they maintain their antistatic properties over time and through regular maintenance cycles.

Implementation in Semiconductor Cleanrooms

Integrating antistatic panels into cleanrooms involves strategic planning and design. Panels are installed on walls and ceilings which in conjunction with other antistatic materials and equipment, such as flooring, workstations, and apparel, create a comprehensive ESD control system.

Regular monitoring and testing are essential to ensure that the antistatic properties of the panels remain effective. This involves using specialised equipment to measure surface resistivity and ensuring compliance with industry standards for ESD control.


The role of antistatic panels in semiconductor cleanrooms cannot be overstated. They are a fundamental element in preventing static-related contamination and damage, ensuring the production of high-quality semiconductor devices. As the demand for smaller, more powerful, and reliable electronic devices continues to grow, the importance of maintaining optimal cleanroom conditions becomes even more critical. Investing in high-quality antistatic panels is not just a precaution; it’s a necessity for the future of semiconductor manufacturing. If you’re interested in antistatic panels for your next semiconductor cleanroom project, why not explore Explore our range of antistatic panels and get in contact with us to discuss your requirements today.


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