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Cornell Chemistry Glass Shop

Quality glassblowing services


Glass shop services

The Glass Shop is a fully equipped facility that provides cost effective, high quality, glassblowing services to the Cornell research community. Most projects are fabricated using borosilicate, Pyrex®, type glass, although smaller quartz glass projects are routinely made. Tubing diameters of Pyrex® glass are in stock and available with sizes from 2 mm to 120 mm diameter. A smaller selection of quartz type glass is also available with sizes from 4 mm up to 75 mm diameter.

Scientific glassware design and fabrication

With over 30 years of experience as a scientific glassblower, the Glass Shop is currently staffed and managed by David Wise. He can create the unique glass apparatus that you need for your research in less time, and usually at a reduced cost, when compared to large commercial scientific glassware vendors. Although he specializes in custom, “one of a kind” glassware designs, he is also able to fabricate, repair, and/or modify, your standard existing laboratory glassware items. Most repairs can be made to broken glassware for ½ the cost, or less, of buying new.

Capabilities include:

  • Oil diffusion pumps
  • Vacuum line design, fabrication, and repair
  • Vacuum adapters and other air free glassware
  • Cold traps, single and double
  • Schlenk tubes, flasks, and adapters
  • Prototype glassware of your own design
  • Custom flasks of your design
  • Fritted filter tubes and columns
  • Flash columns of standard or special sizes that you choose
  • Distillation apparatus such as short path still heads
  • Pyrex to tungsten electrical connections and other glass to metal seals
  • Electrochemical cells
  • Glass rod, tube cutting, and fire polishing (up to 4 inch diameter)
  • Ground glass flange grinding
  • Custom and prototype glassware fabrication and design
  • Cutting, grinding, drilling of glass and other related materials
  • Removal of stuck or frozen joints, flanges and stopcocks

Consultation is always available to help you turn your glass ideas into reality. Due to vacation, working on-site, etc. it is always a good idea to phone ahead before coming to the Glass Shop.

Turnaround time

Work is normally completed on a first in, first out basis whenever possible. Turnaround time for your submitted projects may vary from 1 or 2 days in an emergency and up to 2 weeks with very complex or large volume orders.

Contact David

The Glass Shop is located in the:

  • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    Room – B – 66 (basement)
    Spencer T. Olin Chemistry Research Wing

How can I set up an appointment or submit a work order request?

  • Phone: 607 – 255 – 3674
  • E-mail glassblowing questions or submit a “Glass Shop Work Order Request” to him by clicking here.
Spencer T. Olin Chemistry Research Wing

How do I get there?

  • For a map to the Glass Shop, click here. Be sure to click on the yellow sticky note on the map for more information.

Glass Shop hours: Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m; Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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