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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.


  • 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.



  • Purdue West Lafayette Campus: $40/hr plus materials
  • Other Non-Profit: $100/hr plus materials
  • Other For-Profit: $125/hr plus materials



Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

Department of Chemistry, 560 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2084 | Telephone: (765) 494-5200 | Fax: (765) 494-0239

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