Schlenk Line & Glove Box

A student using the glovebox.

Our Schlenk line and glove box are useful when working with chemicals that are sensitive to air and humidity (water).  The Schlenk line is a sophisticated piece of glassware connected to a vacuum pump and a dry unreactive gas like N2.  The glove box (Innovative Technology, System One) contains an inert atmosphere where O2 and water vapor are removed.  Both apparatuses allow students to manipulate sensitive chemicals and set up reactions that would fail if exposed to air.  This equipment is routinely used in Advanced Synthesis Laboratory (CHM 380) and Independent Study (CHM 500/501).