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Glovebox

Vacuum Atmospheres glovebox equipped with an HE-493 dri-train (1989)

The Glovebox is a critically important instrument used in the organometallic chemistry laboratory. Organo-transition metal complexes are largely pyrophoric, meaning that exposure to oxygen from the atmosphere will lead to spontaneous combustion. In order to safely work with these compounds, chemicals needed for synthesis are kept in this inert argon atmosphere. Solids and glassware enter through the airlock, the oxygenated atmosphere is pumped off with a vacuum, and then introduced to the inert chamber. This is the location where starting materials are gathered for each experiment as well as the location where the final crystals are scraped out of the Schlenk Flask, weighed, and bottled for future use.

The instruction booklet instructs the scientist on the proper use of Marshall's Schlenk Line (saved as a pdf format).

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Dr. Michael Castellani
Marshall University Dept. of Chemistry
castella@marshall.edu
304-696-6486



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