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Chemistry Laboratory Glassware Gallery

Glassware Photos, Names & Descriptions


Glassware used in a chemistry laboratory is special. It needs to resist chemical attack. Some glassware has to withstand sterilization. Other glassware is used to measure specific volumes, so it can't change its size appreciably over room temperatures. Chemicals may be heated and cooled so the glass needs to resist shattering from thermal shock. For these reasons, most glassware is made from a borosilicate glass, such as Pyrex or Kimax. Some glassware isn't glass at all, but inert plastic such as Teflon.

Each piece of glassware has a name and purpose. Use this photo gallery to learn the names and uses of different types of chemistry laboratory glassware.

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Chemistry labs have beakers.BeakersBoiling TubeBoiling TubeA Buchner flask may also be called a vacuum flask, filter flask, side-arm flask, or Kitasato flask.Buchner FlaskA Buchner funnel may be placed on top of a Buchner flask (filter flask).Buchner Funnel
Student science fair projects can make a difference.Buret or BuretteA buret or burette is graduated tube of glassware that has a stopcock at its bottom end.BuretteA cold finger is a piece of glassware used to form a cold surface.Cold FingerA condenser is a piece of laboratory glassware used to cool hot liquids or vapors.Condenser
A crucible is a cup-shaped piece of glassware used to hold samples which are to be heated.CrucibleA cuvette is a piece of glassware that is intended to hold samples for spectroscopic analysis.CuvetteChemistry DemonstrationErlenmeyer FlaskAn Erlenmeyer bulb is another name for a round bottom flask.Erlenmeyer Bulb
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