Chemistry Division ANL


Research Areas


The Chemistry Division at Argonne National Laboratory
operates a state-of-the-art scientific glassblowing facility.
We are very fortunate to have fourth generation Scientific
Glassblower Joseph Gregar on the Chemistry staff. Joe is
a world-renowned craftsman, has taught scientific
glassblowing all over the country and has mentored many
freshman scientific glassblowers. He has 41 years of industrial
and research glassblowing experience and is a member of
the American Scientific Glassblowers Society. Joe is
continuously attending and instructing at national and local
scientific glassblowing conferences to keep up to date
with the latest technologies and advances.

The unique aspect of the Chemistry Division’s scientific
glassblowing facility is the complete full service treatment
received by the researchers. The Chemistry Division glass
shop has the experience to help researchers from design
through fabrication to installation in their labs. The large scope
of Joe’s experience allows researchers to obtain everything
from specialized custom optical cells to hold samples with
very tiny optical flats incorporated into the cell to apparatus
and vessels as large as 18” in diameter.









Of course apparatus of varying sizes in between are also routine
service to researchers.  Under the same guidance is the ability to
construct and design all of the apparatus from different types of
glass ranging from, but not limited to: soft glass, borosilicate
and aluminosilicate glasses and also quartz fabrication.


Joe has spent many years perfecting his skills to produce the
highest quality quartz glasswork available in the industry.
Quartz and synthetic quartz materials are needed where
high temperature and high purity is imperative for the
success of experiments.










The Chemistry Division is very proud of the equipment that outfits
the glass shop. Some of these include various glass lathes to
accommodate glass fabrication of many different sizes, as well as
specialty annealing ovens including one that anneals quartz
apparatus. We are also proud to have a highly specialized vertical
glass lathe for jobs that cannot be fabricated in the conventional
horizontal manner. The shop has up-to date cutting and grinding
equipment using high quality diamond cutting wheels and
diamond core drilling equipment.

The glass shop also maintains an extensive inventory of the latest
products and supplies to ensure quick response to researcher’s
requests. Our glass shop can accommodate a range of jobs from
the sophisticated one of a kind prototype to mid-scale production
runs. The glass shop seldom sends work outside to be fabricated.
By doing this the glass shop is solely in control of the quality
assurance of its products.



Whatever your glassblowing needs, contact Joe Gregar in
Chemistry’s scientific glassblowing facility:

Scientific Glassblowing Facility
Chemistry Division
Bldg. 200, N-wing
Phone: 630-252-3550

Fax: 630-252-9289


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