Glass Blowing

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A scientific glassblowing facility is an indispensable part of any modern research team. The Glass Facility, found within the Department of Chemistry, is responsible for assisting in the design and fabrication of all glass scientific equipment, as well as repair of existing equipment. 

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  • Design and construct custom glass scientific apparatus
  • Repair of existing equipment
  • Contract work for users outside of the Department or University

Common Materials worked with (for anything else please contact the Glass Facility for details)

  • Pyrex, Kimax, Simax (Borosilicate) sizes 1mm - 100mm tubing up to limited short lengths of 160mm maximum diameter
  • Quartz (Fused Silica) sizes 1mm - 30mm tubing
  • Glass to metal seals Electrode through wires (tungsten, platinum, gold)


CHEM:3560:0001 (004:156:001) Advanced Methods in Chemical Research: Scientific Glassblowing Fundamentals

An introduction to the basic manipulations of Borosilicate Glass for the purpose of fabricating basic scientific apparatus.


$65/hour for University of Iowa clients ; $100/hr for external clients. Flat rates can be negotiated on a per project basis.

Facility Hours

8am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday
Walk-In Consultation Hours: Wednesdays 1pm - 5pm and Fridays 8:30am - 12:30pm
Other consultation times available by appointment


Benjamin Revis
Location: W152 CB
Phone: (319) 335-1337
Fax: (319) 335-1270

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