Glass Shop

Glass Shop

Location

Room A005, Kenan Laboratories, ground floor.

Hours

Thursdays

09:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Staff

Mark Wicker
Kenan Laboratories, Room A005 – office
mmwicker@email.unc.edu
919-966-1229

What We Do

The Glass Shop is a full service shop primarily engaged in the design and fabrication of specialized scientific glassware as well as repairs and modifications of existing glassware such as:

  •  Condensors
  •  Flasks
  •  Electrochemical cells
  •  Vacuum lines
  •  Vacuum flasks
  •   based and greasless joints and connectors

The Glass Shop has on hand virtually all sizes of borosilicate (Pyrex and Kimax) glass tubing ranging in size from 2 mm up to 178 mm in diameter. All sizes of commonly used ground glass joints and a large selection of both glass and Teflon stopcocks are maintained in a large inventory. A smaller selection of quartz tubing and ground joints are also maintained in stock. Special items can be ordered if necessary.

Equipment in the facility includes a 8 1/4 inch bore glassblowing lathe, two smaller glass blowing lathes, drilling, cutting, and grinding equipment.We also have ultrasonic and spot welding capabilities. Annealing ovens for both borosilicate and quartz apparatus are available, as well as a vacuum system for producing evacuated glass or quartz vessels. We also have experience in the silver plating of apparatus for vacuum use.

We have experience with a large variety of materials used in glassware fabrication including glass to metal seals, fritted glass, and transition glasses.

We will be happy to discuss any glassblowing requirements you may have, weather it be for simple repairs, custom made “standard” laboratory equipment such as vacuum manifolds and columns, or one-of-a-kind specialty apparatus.

Service Requests

To provide service to all facility users in most efficient manner, we recommend that in requesting service you follow these procedures:

Prior to visiting the facility, we encourage you to contact us by phone at 966-1229 to discuss your request.

When coming to the shop to schedule a job, we suggest that you bring with you a drawing to help us better understand your need. If you do not have a drawing we can assist with generating an AutoCad drawing. Also, please do not forget to bring with you a Grant/Account number.

Facility Rates

The hourly rates for facility use are subject to change, and differ according to the following user categories: Chemistry UNC-CH, Academic/Governmental, and Commercial. The definition of these three categories are as follows:

Definition of Research Service Center Users

Chemistry UNC-CH
Chemistry Faculty including joint appointees without regard to funding source
Memos of Understanding with other Departments
UNC-CH Departments not covered under Chemistry

Academic/Governmental
Academic and Government users not on the UNC campus

Commercial
Commercial/Business entities

Hourly Rates

 
Chemistry UNC-CH
Academic/Governmental
Commercial
 $42.00$63.84$63.84

Minimum charge = 1st half hour at $21.00
Hourly rates do not include parts