The Different Equipment Used in University Labs

The Different Equipment Used in University Labs
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    Universities are regularly at the forefront of research, but a university lab is only as productive as its equipment allows.

    Whether you work directly in the university lab, oversee its budget, or you're a part of the campus administration, you need to support the lab with reliable equipment.

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To learn more, follow our guide below, where we’ll discuss the different equipment used in university labs.

Common chemistry equipment

Chemistry equipment is vital in every lab for numerous reasons but most notably to study how different substances react to one another and external factors. There are several common pieces of equipment used in chemistry.

Of course, you should have at least one microscope (preferably more), but you’ll also need test tubes, glass slides, and various hand tools like strikers, test tube holders, and tongs. Moreover, your lab should have a distillation apparatus, ring stand, and hot plates.

Fume hoods

Because many labs handle a variety of chemicals that are potentially toxic, no lab is complete without fume hoods. A fume hood provides adequate ventilation to protect lab technicians from hazardous fumes, vapors, and dust.

As with any industry and workplace, your employees’ safety should be your top priority.

Without proper ventilation, the lab’s staff (and students) are at a higher risk of a variety of illnesses. Furthermore, if your university’s lab didn’t take proper safety precautions seriously, your workforce could be out sick, and you’ll fall behind on your research deadlines.

Analytical instruments

Far too many labs overlook the need for analytical instruments for methods such as gas chromatography (GC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), or mass spectrometry (MS).

Every analytical instrument has its own advantages for specific applications, so it’s crucial that you understand what makes GC different from HPLC.

Understanding the differences among the various analytical instruments allows universities to conduct research for a variety of industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to forensics.

Bunsen burners

Much like your usual chemistry equipment, every lab needs Bunsen burners. A Bunsen burner includes a single open flame to help lab technicians with heating, sterilization, and combustion.

While burners don’t appear important at first, some experiments and research depend on the efficiency of Bunsen burners. Without a heat source, you wouldn’t be able to create magnesium oxide because the burner accelerates the substances during the experiment.

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Of course, lab professionals know there’s much more equipment you’ll need. All labs need different items like pipettes, scales, balances, incubators, and much more, but our guide focuses on the main equipment used in university labs. Keep in mind that every university (including yours) wants the recognition and awards that come with groundbreaking research.

However, you can’t make novel discoveries without high-quality lab equipment. Your lab is competing with every other university and research institute; now’s not the time to pinch pennies. Invest in the success of your lab and encourage safety and new findings with your new equipment.

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