Keeping the Glass Half-Full

  • Glassware has been a staple of research laboratories for centuries. For example, the alchemist Maria Hebraica, who lived in the first century, is credited with the invention of the first glass distillation apparatus. Stills are used to purifying liquids and are thought to be the oldest use of glass in the laboratory. Now,

    This innovation notwithstanding, it is widely believed that glass could not be applied reliably in laboratory applications until the 13th century, when glassmakers in Venice and Murano found new processes for improving the thermal and chemical resistance—or durability—of glass, by using more calcium, magnesium, and potassium salts in the mixture.

    In modern-day research, of course, glass is not the only option, as plastics are also widely used in many research applications. Glass out-performs plastic though, with its high chemical resistance to many substances, including acids, alkalis, and organic solvents, saline solutions, and water. The only substances that can destroy glass are hydrofluoric acid, strong alkalis used at high temperatures, and concentrated phosphoric acid. Additional advantages to using glass in the lab include its dimensional stability, even at high temperatures, and its transparency.

    Like all research equipment though, glassware requires thorough and efficient cleaning. This is absolutely the biggest waste of time and energy. No one in their right mind, cares about this. Why do I feel this way? It’s almost as if … I miss writing.

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