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Questions regarding the equipment used in labs (such as flasks, tubes etc.), their operation and maintenance.

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BOD5 respirometric method

I operate in a wastewater treatment plant laboratory and I use respirometric method for BOD5 measurement (hach direct plus). Recently I am obtaining high value for BOD (biological oxygen demand) for ...
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Permanent storage container with electrode for electroplating

I'm not a chemist at all but I am looking for a specific type of container which I'm sure must exist but I don't know it's name. We want to store non-toxic (non-cyanide) gold solution for ...
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Gold Plating on Glass?

I am considering labware options to handle NaOH solutions at ~150°C. One appealing idea would be to coat my current glassware with gold. I've read different sources mentioning the possibility without ...
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NaOH vs Polypropylene

This source lists polypropylene as suitable for use with NaOH. However, this paper seems to demonstrate that NaOH slowly degrades polypropylene (even at fairly moderate temperatures). Does anyone ...
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Labware to handle hot aqueous NaOH

This question regarding appropriate handling of hot concentrated aqueous $\ce{NaOH}$ - with particular concern for avoiding dissolution of borosilicate glassware and contamination of the $\ce{NaOH}$ ...
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Highly concentrated NaOH solution at high temperature vs borosilicate glassware and cellulose?

I've read here on stack-exchange that NaOH will react with glass through the following reaction: 4 NaOH + SiO2 ⤑ Na4SiO4 + 2 H2O I would like to briefly heat a highly concentrated NaOH solution to ...
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Order of internal pressure resistance to expect from laboratory glassware?

I have a need to use more pressure differential than can be afforded by vacuum vs atmospheric pressure alone, and so I've come to consider using pressurised laboratory glassware for part of my setup. ...
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What kind of metal drums are used to store Hydrochloric Acid?

I would expect Hydrochloric Acid to be stored exclusively in glass or plastic containers, but I was surprised to find Honeywell offers it for sale in 30Kg metal drums (Link). I think Hydrochloric ...
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Identifying Name/Purpose of piece of ellipsoid glassware with internal tube?

I recently went to a market in Southern France and found this little piece of equipment for sale along with a whole bunch of other chemistry things. the guy had no idea what it was for or where he'd ...
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Glass joint stuck in flask

I am doing distillation using system of glassware including a flask and a glass joint. Recently I've faced a problem: the glass joint stuck in the flask. I tried to remove it but it broke and hurted ...
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Why isn't pressure filtration popular compared to vacuum filtration?

I want to build a DIY vacuum filtration apparatus with a bike pump but it's very difficult to find one the could be easily converted into a vacuum pump. This prompted an idea to simply build a reverse ...
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Can I safely use a separatory funnel to extract the precipitate from a solution?

Can a separatory funnel be used to collect a precipitate, or would that risk clogging the stopcock on it? I'd like to recoup the precipitate for filtering without passing the entire solution through ...
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What are the components of a labware setup for short-path distillation?

I've recently become interested in short-path distillation and have found that most kits are in the thousands of dollars. So I thought that I would compile the labware myself. I understand the theory ...
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Can we use potassium iodide as pH meter electrode storage solution.? If not then why?

If KCl is not available can KI be used to store pH probe meters? Both are potassium salts.
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400–430 degrees Celsius heated bath

I want to perform a reaction which needs the temperature to be maintained between 400–430 °C. Since it's the only practical solution, I opted for a heated bath. I'm looking for a hydrocarbon fraction/...
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An unknown glassware piece from our cupboard

We have multiple of these. It is a small glass funnel with splits into 3 spouts from it. Now, we are thinking it might be similar to a cow receiver, however, I have never seen one this small or ...
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Unknown possibly handmade glassware- description in information below

Okay, Another random item from the cupboard (unknown users or discipline of life sciences unknown) could be anything up to 40 years old.... This appears to be a 2 neck quickfit adapter (B19 and B14) ...
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Unknown glassware please help, vshaped with a small bulb on one side, hollow but narrow to both sides!

Looking to try an identify some glassware we have found in a cupboard. This is just the start of it... 1 item here, v-shaped, small bulb but hollow, narrow entrance and exit...
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Removing PTFE marks on glass bottles after using magnetic stir bars

I am using magnetic stir bars to agitate solutions for 4 weeks at a time. I have noticed at the bottom of the glass bottles that white marks have accumulated where the stir bar spins. Even with ...
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Why a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), to measure thermodynamic parameters, has problems?

I want to use a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) to determine when my protein unfolds as you increase the temperature in a DSC machine. The machine is pressurised (to 3A) during the run, so ...
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What's this glassware?

Can anybody tell me what this glassware with a stem, bulb and long tube is?
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Name of this glassware?

Could you tell me the name of this glassware? I found it in the laboratory with a label that says "container of stoichiometry", but I have not found more information about it, especially about the ...
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Standard for Chemistry Supplies [closed]

In searching for chemistry kits it often leads to stuff like this: I have seen some nicer "boxed sets" for the ~$500 range, but I don't think this is really ideal. This one looks a little nicer. I am ...
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How can I get this glass stopper out? Need troubleshooting!

I placed a glass stopper in a $\pu{100 mL}$ round bottom flask while my solution was still warm and let it cool overnight. Now I think I created a vacuum seal and I can’t force the stopper out to ...
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Benefits of a Buchner funnel w/ a fritted disc instead of Quantitative Filter Paper Circles

I was wondering if someone could enlighten me on some example us cases where one would be better of using a Buchner funnel with a fritted disc (example), as opposed to a Buchner "style" filter (...
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How is polarization of light measured?

Chiral molecules are classified as dextrorotatory (+) or levorotatory (-) depending on whether they rotate plane-polarized light (ppl) to the right or left. My question is, how is such a measurement ...
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How does the “sample type” selection on the MassHunter software for Agilent 7900 ICP-MS affect the quantitative results?

I'm new to using the instrument, and recently I have tried to measure Cr in both the eluent(1% nitric acid) and a method blank (also 1% nitric acid, but after it has gone through the entire analytical ...
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What might be the reason for the longer stem found in some separation funnels?

Most separation funnels have a stem around 50 to 70 mm long (often less if fitted with a ground taper joint) that is used to direct the output into a receiving flask. While the stop-cock has a ...
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How to attach soft tubing to glass

I plan to do some amateur chemistry with some basic equipment. I've watched hours of youtube videos for how to bend and polish glass tubing and push it through rubber stoppers, and I've seen diagrams ...
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Difference in application between Standard Type Bulb Pipette Filler and Universal Type?

I want to ask what is the difference in terms of application between the HHH (Heinz Herenz Hamburg) Bulb Pipette Filler Standard Type (1081801) and the HHH Bulb Pipette Filler Universal Type (1081802)?...
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Pipette Pump durability?

I want to ask, according to your experience, in terms of durability and longevity of the tools, which one of these types of pipette pumps is better? and the reason why? 1) Tri-valve Pipette Bulb 2) ...
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When to disconnect tubing in vacuum filtration?

The UCLA site says in step 6 to disconnect the vacuum tubing before turning off the vacuum and the second link from Leeds says in step 11 to turn off the vacuum source first and then disconnect the ...
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What are the best cleaning agents for carbon residues on glassware?

Introduction Recenly I wanted to isolate some ascorbic acid (Vitamin C or chemically - $\ce{C6H8O6}$). I've put the filtered solution (I had to filter it because of the binder) in a flask and heated ...
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How can I safely store highly outgassing self-pressurizing chemicals?

I have a standard copper etching solution of 1 part $\pu{10M}$ $\ce{HCL}$ and 2 parts 3% $\ce{H2O2}$ (as described in numerous places online). I previously had this stored in a tightly-sealed glass ...
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Determining the depression in freezing point experimentally

I was reading about Beckmann's method for determining the depression in freezing point: First, the solvent is placed inside the cooling chamber directly and the approximate freezing point is ...
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Creating water from hydrogen and oxygen [closed]

Assuming a scientist has two canisters: One with a liter of pure gas of hydrogen (single atoms gas), and one with half a liter of pure gas of oxygen (single atoms gas). The scientist desires to ...
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What is the “blue spirit” (or “red spirit”) in mercury-free thermometers?

I surmise it's some kind of alcohol, but is there a standard chemical used for these? One of them just exploded in my students' lab! It was the kind with blue fluid in it.
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Equipment Suggestion Small Burette?

Is anyone familiar with a piece of equipment that can be purchased like a small burette? I need to find a way to dispense a liquid at a constant rate, however, the amount of liquid that I need to ...
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Is a beaker/reaction vessel like the one pictured available commercially?

We're doing photocatalysis with the catalyst fixed to a 2" Si wafer, washing an aqueous solution (methylene blue, the concentration varies but in the picture I believe it's 0.1 mMol/l) over the ...
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Rule of thumb of how much vacuum does lab glass stand?

Sometimes I have to apply vacuum to all kind of different borosilicate glass equipment like: round bottom flasks liebig condensers fractional distillation apparatus spiral condensers chromatography ...
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Dropping Borosilicate glass mug

I recently got a glass tea mug. It's has double wall construction with a vacuum insulation (advertised as such). I noticed on the label, it specifically mentioned it's made of borosilicate glass, and ...
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Magnesium oxide lab question [closed]

For my magnesium oxide lab, one of the question asks why I need to include the cover of the crucible when weighing it with the magnesium before the reaction, then again after with magnesium oxide, and ...
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What style clamp holder is this?

I cannot for the life of me find this style of clamp holder with beaker base: I can find beaker bases on sites like Fisher Scientific/etc., and flimsy alligator clamp soldering stands on Mouser/etc.,...
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Soxhlet extraction condenser - addition of compound to refluxing setup

I've never used Soxhlet apparatus before and I have troubles understanding how to properly perform the following step from my protocol: To a gently refluxing suspension of 1 g Lithium aluminium ...
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Viscosity of liquid interrupts accuracy of micropipette?

Does viscosity of liquid interrupt accuracy of micropipette? I would like to dilute 85% $\ce{H3PO4}$ acid to $\pu{1.194 mol/dm3}$ so I had to pipette 366 microliter into 4.634 mL of water. Then, I ...
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How is aqua regia stored?

How is aqua regia stored as it dissolves all metals?
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A chamber to control concentration of a vapor: Is there a name for this equipment?

Mechanical engineer here so please excuse me if my question seems dumb to you! I want to have a chamber $(\approx 40 \times 30 \times \pu{30 cm})$ to control concentration $(\pu{ppm})$ of a flammable ...
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Is it possible to fractionally distill a compound made up of substances with very similar boiling points?

Let's say I have a solution that is made up of substances that have very similar boiling points, say less than 5 degrees apart. Is it even possible to fractionally distill those substances, say, using ...
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What is this glassware between flask and condenser to collect liquid?

I've been trying to identify this piece of glassware for ages now. I've been combing the internet and can't seem find anything similar. It looks like some kind of adapter/collecter/trap that sits on ...
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Do dyed-alcohol thermometers tolerate cold/hot stems?

How do the red organic solvent thermometers respond to having the tip submerged while the stem is at a different temperature? I understand mercury thermometers could easily handle this, and bimetallic ...