The right chemistry

Acids and alkalis cause most substances to go up in smoke. But not specialty glass: Even after six hours in boiling hydrochloric acid, it is virtually undamaged. This makes it an indispensable material for chemical applications with highly reactive substances.

Challenge

A strong partner

Whether particularly aggressive or extremely sensitive, some chemicals and formulations pose major challenges for chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Even the smallest interactions between container surface and ingredients can reduce the effectiveness of the products or falsify test results. To prevent this, chemical resistance is crucial.

Whether particularly aggressive or extremely sensitive, some chemicals and formulations pose major challenges for chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Even the smallest interactions between container surface and ingredients can reduce the effectiveness of the products or falsify test results. To prevent this, chemical resistance is crucial.

Innovation

What makes borosilicate glass
so special?

Resistent

Thanks to its chemical resistance, glass is suitable for use with acids and alkalis, as well as for pharmaceutical packaging

Durable

The robust properties of glass reduce the risk of delamination - the chipping off of tiny glass flakes

Efficient

Borosilicate glass can be produced more efficiently than glass types with comparable properties.

Where is it used?

All drugs must be packaged safely. Thanks to its high chemical and hydrolytic resistance, borosilicate glass maintains the efficacy of the drugs while reducing the risks of interaction with the packaging material to a minimum.

Protection for medicines

Delamination, the detachment of barely visible flakes from the inner glass surface of a pharmaceutical vial, is a rare phenomenon that only occurs under certain circumstances as a result of interaction with the drug. This must be minimized to ensure patient safety. Glass with a chemically homogeneous inner surface safeguards against this risk.

Spot-on in the lab

Laboratory analysis relies on precision. This begins with a high-quality specialty glass. Extremely low self-fluorescence and chemical resistance enable reliable and reproducible diagnostic results.

Razor-thin coatings transform glass wafers into substrates for microarrays. When DNA, proteins, or cells are applied to the substrates, they adhere in specific places thanks to the coating. They bind certain biomolecules from the sample at the intended sites.

Laboratory analysis relies on precision. This begins with a high-quality specialty glass. Extremely low self-fluorescence and chemical resistance enable reliable and reproducible diagnostic results.

Razor-thin coatings transform glass wafers into substrates for microarrays. When DNA, proteins, or cells are applied to the substrates, they adhere in specific places thanks to the coating. They bind certain biomolecules from the sample at the intended sites.

Keeping an eye on chemistry

Industrial chemical processes often take place in closed containers. But they still must be monitored – sight glasses in reactor vessels make this possible.

They allow a clear view of the reactions of acids and alkalis. The glass remains transparent and unaffected by aggressive chemicals.

Industrial chemical processes often take place in closed containers. But they still must be monitored – sight glasses in reactor vessels make this possible.

They allow a clear view of the reactions of acids and alkalis. The glass remains transparent and unaffected by aggressive chemicals.

People

Ideal solution

“When glass is used in aggressive environments, or with sensitive substances, the chemistry must be right.”

– Dr. Matthias Müller, Executive Vice President R&D

Next

SCHOTT specialty glass is the ideal material for new technologies - now and in the future.

Let’s create the perfect environment for pharmaceuticals and chemical substances.

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Rina della Vecchia
Marketing & Communication
SCHOTT North America, Inc.

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