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Scientific Glass Blowing Lab

The Scientific Glass Blowing Lab is fully equipped to provide the services expected from a precision glass shop and much more.  In addition to consulting / designing and fabricating scientific apparatus such as reaction vessels and Schlenk lines, the shop has capacities to cast 3D forms, evacuate / back fill glass vessels, and apply protective coatings to glassware.  The shop also offers student instruction and artistic pieces for awards / gifts for special occasions.

In response to COVID-19, the Scientific Glass Blowing Lab has implemented set office hours to reduce exposure to protect both lab staff and customers. The lab will be open for walk in consultation and drop-off/pick-up 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please follow University regulations, including the wearing of appropriate face coverings and social distancing when coming to the Lab during open hours.

In cases of emergency repair, contact Jordan Smith via email at or by phone at 494-5304 to discuss alternate arrangements for Glass Lab access.

As always, you may contact Jordan via phone or email with questions.  Requests are still being submitted via iLab.  NOTE:  All glassware must be thoroughly cleaned before being delivered to the Glass Lab for repairs.

Thank you for your understanding!



  • Consultation and design
  • Borosilicate and quartz capabilities
  • On-site fabrication, modification, and repair
  • Glass/ceramic cutting, grinding, and polishing
  • Evacuation and backfill
  • Surface coating (silvering & plastic)
  • Optical windows
  • Glass casting of solid, large items
  • Scientific glassblowing courses
  • Artistic glass working

Glass Blower

Jordan Smith



Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry - Room 427

Using Facility

Campus users are welcomed to stop in to discuss the work needed. All work will require an on-line request to be submitted via the iLab Solutions web-based glass lab request system.


NOTE: New Glass Lab rates to take effect April 1st, 2023

  • Purdue Chemistry Department:  $65/hr plus materials
  • Purdue West Lafayette Campus: $105/hr plus materials
  • Other Non-Profit: $164/hr plus materials
  • Other For-Profit: $195/hr plus materials