Chemistry & Physics

The Armstrong chemistry program has purchased a new Labconco Precision Atmosphere “glove box” to support its undergraduate instruction and research program.  The “glove box” is filled with an inert atmosphere (nitrogen gas) to handle chemicals that are either air or water sensitive as well as hazardous materials.  The system works via a purge and flush system whereby chemicals are placed in a entrance chamber, the system is evacuated by a vacuum pump which is followed by flushing with nitrogen.  At that point, samples may be introduced into the glove box for handling as well as chemical reaction.  Many of the latest catalysts applications are based on inert atmosphere techniques and this glove box will allow our students at Armstrong access to this technique and directly support the undergraduate research activities of Dr. Brandon Quillian.