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What is Glassware? A product made of glass which can be used to hold liquid can be called glassware. There are primarily two types of glassware which are tableware (drinking vessels used to drink liquids) which are also known as catering glasses and laboratory glassware (the glass containers used to hold chemicals and reagents for performing experiments). A non crystalline amorphous solid which has transparent properties is known as glass. There are various types of glassware available today, among them silicate glass is the oldest form of glass known to mankind which derived its name from the chemical compound of silica (silicon dioxide primarily found in sand). Silica based glasses are also used in lab glassware in the form of soda lime glass which majorly constitutes of silicon dioxide (SiO2), sodium oxide (Na2O) from sodium carbonate (Na2CO3), calcium oxide (CaO), also called lime, and various minor additives. Many chemistry lab glassware applications do not require full transparency and need to block ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the spectrum of light, here amber color (actinic) is coated on the lab glassware by adding metallic salts. Although silicate glass is quite brittle and can breakdown easily but it has a very long life if used with extensive care, which can be confirmed from the glassware of medieval ages which can be still found during excavations.
There are wide range glassware products used in the scientific and research areas hence there are many types of laboratory glassware which are used chemistry, physics, biology and analytical laboratories. In the days of inception which were sometime around late 18th century the manufacturing of laboratory glassware from soda lime began in Germany. But with the advent of 19th century the manufacturing of laboratory glassware began in U.S too and with the advancements in technology and more research in the field of developing better glassware corning glass works developed borosilicate glass which had a better resistance to thermal shock. Borosilicate glass is a type of glass which mainly constitutes silica and boron trioxide these are so designed to have a better coefficient of thermal resistance than soda lime glass. A better thermal resistance for laboratory glassware made from borosilicate glass meant that it could withstand more thermal stress and was less subject to breakage due to temperature variations during usage.
Different types of laboratory glassware are designed as per application and need. Borosilicate glass is used where there is a need of transparency along with endurance to thermal stress for temperature variations. Quartz glass is used where high temperature withstanding abilities are desired in the glassware. Amber colour glassware is required where there is a need to block ultraviolet and infrared light from entering the liquid inside. Silanized is another form of glassware which is specially treated with silicon to prevent layering and sticking of samples to the glass.
Customized glass blowing glassware is used in laboratories where special types of shaped glassware are needed to perform experiments. Glass blowing us performed by heating glass tubes at melting point temperature and then giving them the desired shapes and sizes by blowing air inside the glass tubing.