Glove box

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Sun, 11/18/2007 - 14:16

When I started my job, I inherited a 20-30 year old glove box.  My intention was to use it for synthesis of titanium complexes but it had no freezer, no cold-well, and no small antechamber.  After rebuilding it, making it air-tight, I constructed a styrofoam box and plumbed copper tubing through the back of the box from a cold water chiller.  The "freezer" would hold 4 °C on a good day.  After 2 years of use, I convinced my chair to buy me a half of a glove box, and I paid for the rest with the remainder of my startup funds.  Our first crystal structure was obtained within 2