Professional Qualities that matter in your laboratory team

Team building in a laboratory setup plays a vital role as in any other commercial organization. As a laboratory in charge it is important for you to have clarity yourself on expectations you have from your team members. In other words you have to have a vision and roadmap ready on how you would like […]

Certificate Course on Gas Chromatography now available!

Finally the wait is over. Since the launch of our certificate courses on HPLC and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy we have received several requests for a similar Course on Gas Chromatography. It has taken considerable time to develop the course as GC has wide-ranging applications in diverse areas and consolidation of details proved to be time-consuming. […]

Safe Handling of a Laboratory Desiccator

A laboratory desiccator is a round shaped closed vessel made of heavy glass which is a common laboratory glassware item and has multiple uses, such as: Storage of standards under dry environment Storage of materials for weighing to constant weight Prolonged storage of hygroscopic materials Determination of loss on drying of manufactured products such as […]

Cleaning Practices for Laboratory Plastic ware

Laboratory ware should be free from contamination before it is put to use. Contaminated items can contribute significantly to analytical errors. Aspects of cleaning of laboratory glassware have been discussed in an earlier article. In recent years plastic ware has gained marked presence in laboratories and because of basic differences from glassware it requires a different […]

Characteristic properties of commonly used laboratory plastic materials

A laboratory chemist is always on the lookout for container materials which can be used for handling and dispensing of all types of solvents, chemicals, oils, etc. However, this dream has remained unfulfilled for ages. In the last few decades plastics have supplemented common glassware as they have provided some viable options. Deciding between glass […]

Deciding between Glass and Plastic laboratory ware

Glassware items such as round bottom flasks, volumetric flasks, conical flasks, beakers, test tubes, vials, pipettes, burettes, measuring cylinders and petri-dishes are a common sight in any laboratory. In earlier times all such items were made of glass. However, over the years plastic ware has made a significant presence and is becoming increasingly popular. The […]

Requirement based cleaning of Laboratory Glassware

A laboratory makes use of several glassware items such as volumetric flasks, burettes, pipettes, beakers, watch glasses, specific gravity bottles,vials,petri dishes, graduated cylinders, etc. Such items are not disposables and are used repeatedly. However, the quality of analytical results is dependent to a large extent on their cleanliness and freedom from contamination. Laboratory glassware cleaning […]

Micropipette – A Boon for the Analytical Scientist

An analytical scientist is required to accurately dispense volumes of liquids from μl to ml levels with a high degree of accuracy. This is true in applications ranging from classical to advanced instrumental analysis . Most advanced instruments these days come equipped with auto-samplers where pre- programmed volumes of samples and wash solvents are transferred unattended thereby […]

Need for Repeat Testing of Laboratory Samples

Analytical data should be forwarded for reporting only after you have full confidence on the results. At times the reason to doubt your results becomes obvious and the results need to be reinvestigated. Some reasons for reinvestigation are already covered in the earlier article – Honest reporting of laboratory incidents. In addition to the obvious […]

Honest reporting of laboratory incidents

Ethical practices play a key role in all professional fields and more so in laboratory operations because your customers have no reason to doubt your reports and place unquestioned confidence in the results communicated to them. Just imagine the degree of damage they suffer due to wrong decisions taken based on incorrect reports and the loss […]

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