Thursday, June 21, 2018

Transfer of nasty stuff with a syringe and needle

Synthetic organic chemists often have to transfer something pyrophoric, toxic, volatile, smelly etc. from a commercially acquired sealed bottle such as a Sigma-Aldrich Sure/Seal bottle using a needle and syringe. Even with great care it has a tendency to drip from the needle tip, which is the last thing you are interested in. Now a Danish team has published a simple DIY solution that should be adapted broadly since it solves the problem and increases lab safety.
Basically they have developed a 3D printed mount for the sealed bottle that makes is easy and safe to remove what you need (using both hands) and the needle tip is contained inside a small airlock during transport to the reaction vessel. I have taken the liberty of inserting a figure from the paper above that describes the set-up nicely. If you use this set-up and remember to always employ Luer locked syringes I believe that most accidents can be eliminated and that we can avoid another Sheri Sangji incident in the future. D! 

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