We aim to provide basic chemicals for a well-found laboratory. Wash bottles labelled to contain water, ethanol, methanol, and acetone can be found near the sinks. Acids, bases and solvents can be found in the extraction cabinets beneath the fume cupboard, as well as waste bottles for solvents and inorganics. We have provided a list of the chemicals usually available in the lab; please contact beamline staff if you need something that's not on the list, or to confirm we have enough of what you'll need.
Dry salts and reagents can be found on the shelves over the central bench. We also provide ultrapure water, which can be accessed from a tap over the sink next to the fume cupboard.
If you make a buffer, please label it with the date and your name. Please dispose of any unused buffer solution at the end fo your experiment. pH standards are available near the pH meter.
Used glassware can be placed in the blue washing up basket next to the dishwasher.
The peripheral lab is stocked with basic consumables that would be necessary for most experiments, including:
If you run out of something, or can't find what you need, please ask your local contact.
Any used or broken glassware or sharps go in the sharps containers, either next to the sink or in the fume cupboard if chemical contamination is a factor.
Biohazardous waste goes in the yellow burn bin; benchtop biohazard bags are available, which can be transferred (UNSEALED) to the burn bin.
Any nonsharp, non-biohazardous chemical waste (including, but not limited to, gloves, blue roll, and used plasticware) goes in the chemical waste bin, which has a red bag.
Each bin is clearly marked either Biohazard or Chemical.
Full bins and sharps containers will be removed by the EHCs; let your local contact or the EHCs know if one of the bins is full, and it will be replaced. Do not overfill sharps containers.
The I22 lab contains a range of analytical equipment to help with sample preparation onsite:
Larger apparatus will have operating instructions attached. If you have any questions or can't find the instructions, please ask your local contact.
The sample preparation microscope in Lab 12 has a range of illumination methods available. The objective can be changed if a higher magnification is needed. If using any sharp implements on the microscope base, such as scalpels or forceps, please place one of the green cutting mats over the base to protect the light housing.
The microscope can be used with the binocular viewer, or with the camera connected to the top. A switch on the top right side of the microscope allows the user to switch from viewer to camera. The camera works with the AxioVision software available on the Lab 12 computer, which can be accessed with your federal ID.
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