Benefits of Glass Lab Apparatus
Glass and plastic are used to make essential lab apparatus like conical flasks, petri-dishes, round bottom flasks, pipettes, measuring cylinders, beakers, burettes, volumetric flasks, vials, test tubes, and more. Production of plastic lab equipment proceeds centuries of people using glassware lab equipment. Soda-lime and borosilicate glass is used to make lab apparatus. Glass lab instruments have these benefits.
You may argue that glassware breaks quickly thus causing losses to the lab operators, but when you take care of them and take precautions, these lab ware items can last for a considerably long time. Keep in mind safety measures when using glass lab ware to ensure that you never exceed the thermal shock and mechanical stress of glass lab ware so that they do not break. For example, stir and cool sulphuric acid and use the appropriate vessel. Heating volumetric instruments on heating plates increase their risks of breaking.Heat glass beakers and flasks using hot plates to minimize the risk of breakage. Do not use volumetric flasks and graduated cylinders for exothermic reactions. You increase the risks of breaking your glass lab ware when you expose them to sudden temperature or pressure changes.
Glass lab ware have high clarity that enhances visibility to enable you to see, measure and recording volumes clearly and accurately. They are easy to clean to maintain visibility when measuring and recording contents. Use cold water to clean protein residue from the apparatus. Soak the apparatus in a disinfectant solution that has been mixed at a correct dilution ratio. Scrub materials adhering to the glass gently using a brittle brush. Soak the for a second time in a disinfectant solution that has been mixed at a correct dilution ratio, this time round do not use the solution that you used earlier, or use an ultrasonic bath. Deionized water should be used to rinse off all detergents from the glass lab apparatus. Dry the apparatus in a clean environment by placing them on a rack or in a hot air over to drain water from them.
These lab items are compatible with the majority of common chemicals that are used in the lab. You can use or store them in environments that have moisture, warmth, and oxygen because glass is not susceptible to rusting and they also react minimally with water and acids. The reaction between water or acid with glass in minimal because a layer of silica gel is produced and it forms on the surface of the glass to bar further reaction. When the reaction is between hot phosphoric acid and hydrofluoric acid and glass the layer will not form.