Heat-On replaces unsafe oil baths at a leading Australian University

Heat-On heating blocks replaced expensive oils and reduced environmentally harmful oil waste.
Radleys Heat-On fluoropolymer blocks

Situation

Oil baths were being used to heat reaction mixtures but with the high cost of silicone oils, laboratory staff were using less safe paraffin oils. Also, a relatively inexpensive alternative seemed to polymerize with monotonous regularity.

Objective

Replace expensive oils, improve safety in the teaching and research labs and reduce environmentally harmful oil waste.

Results

After investigating blocks from different suppliers Heat-On was chosen for several reasons. The main reason was that unlike ‘nested’ systems the 250ml, 500ml, 1 litre, 2 litre and 3 litre came as stand-alone blocks, so more than one person could perform a reaction at a time. Another block system had several 'nested' sizes, needing the 1 litre block with a 250ml insert to do a 250ml reaction, precluding anyone else doing another reaction as the base block was already in use.
 
  • Contacts Lead chemist
  • Organisation A leading ‘green’ university in Australia
  • Department Chemistry
  • Country Australia
  • Product Heat-On Block System
  • Case Study No. CS1005
"We purchased the Radleys Heat-On blocks in our continued efforts to improve safety in the lab, replace expensive oils and to reduce environmentally harmful oil waste."
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