Glassware is found in abundance in laboratories and comes in all shapes and sizes. Though it has become preferable in recent years to substitute glass vessels for cheaper, more durable and less fragile plastic materials, some substances and experiments or applications still require the use of glassware.
The reasons for these are manifold. Firstly, glass is relatively inert, meaning it will not react with the chemicals or substances placed inside and thereby upset or skew the results. It is also transparent, allowing for easy monitoring, and heat-resistant, allowing for high temperatures. Furthermore, it is easy to shape and mould into any form required.
The Types of Glassware
There is a vast variety of different glass apparatuses in a laboratory, and they can be manufactured from various types of glass depending on the purpose. For example, quartz glass is resistant to high temperatures and transparent in specific areas of the electromagnetic spectrum. Heavy-wall glass is specifically strengthened to be used in pressurised experiments, while amber glass is darkened to block out UV and infrared radiation, thereby making it ideal for storing fluids.
Here are some of the different types of glass instruments used in laboratories: