Christine Roeger leads ASU’s Scientific Glassblowing Facility
ASU’s House of Glass
Located in the Bateman Physical Sciences Center on the Tempe campus, ASU’s Scientific Glassblowing Facility allows faculty and students from all schools and departments to request customized glassware for their research needs. This includes distillation glassware, custom reaction vessels and vacuum glassware, among other tools.
“I don’t make beakers or test tubes. I take an idea from a researcher here at ASU, then using raw material of Pyrex tubing or quartz tubing, I heat the glass in a flame, and I can manipulate it to a shape or system needed,” Roeger said.
One common product Roeger makes is vacuum glassware.
“Researchers often need to collect samples with no air in them. I can make a glass vacuum system that hangs on a wall in their lab and is a tool to take out all the air in a sample. I can also add valves that allow researchers to put a specific gas like nitrogen into the sample,” she says.
No two pieces are the same — every order is custom-built. Roeger can even modify or repair pieces from catalogs, including test tubes. Modifications can include adding new valves, connecting new pieces and adding drain mechanisms. The facility is a cost-effective way for researchers to create customized glassware and repair pieces they already have.
Read the full story about glassmaking on the ASU website.