What is Chemistry Stores?
The Oregon State University Chemistry Stores provides chemicals and laboratory supplies to all OSU researchers & educators, OUS institutions, state agencies and districts within the Oregon Public School System. Products stocked include liquid nitrogen, dry ice and a variety of other chemicals, lab and office supplies. Chem Stores is self serve so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes when entering any Chem Stores area.
How do I make a purchase?
As a state university service, we are, in general, only able to sell to those with an affiliation with Oregon State University or another government agency. This means that all sales are transacted using OSU index/account numbers. You must have this number with you when you come to Chem Stores. We are not able to look up and give out account numbers. If you don’t have your account number, please contact the accountant in your department before coming to Chem Stores. If the account number has not previously been used at Chem Stores, someone in Chemistry Stores will need to set up the account for you the first time. After the initial set-up, your account number should work without any additional maintenance. We are not able to accept student account numbers, cash, checks, or credit cards for sales. See relevant OSU Policies.
Are there any requirements?
Yes. If you would like to purchase a liquid chemical in a glass bottle, you will need a bottle carrier or bucket to transport the glass bottle. There are bottle carriers available for sale in Chem Stores. We have made an effort to sell many items in plastic bottles to alleviate this inconvenience, but many solvents and acids are still only available in glass bottles. Please bring a carrier or bucket with you to Chem Stores just in case. Eye protection, shoulder-to-ankle clothing coverage, and closed toe/heel shoes are required of personnel transporting or dispensing any chemicals.
Do you sell bulk items?
Yes. Our bulk items include Liquid Nitrogen, Dry Ice, Ethanol, and Isopropyl Alcohol. Specifications for each item are listed below:
Liquid Nitrogen- Sold by the liter, you will need to provide your own Dewar to purchase and transport liquid nitrogen.
Dry Ice- Sold by the pound and available in nuggets or blocks. You will need to provide a cooler or Styrofoam container to purchase and transport dry ice.
Ethanol (ACS/USP)- Sold by the gallon with both 95% (190 proof) and 100% (200 proof) available. The ethanol is not denatured and you will need to provide a container to purchase and transport ethanol. We have reusable plastic bottles available for sale, but you can also bring your own glass or plastic bottle to have filled. If you bring a glass bottle you will need a bottle carrier or bucket to transport your ethanol. If you plan on purchasing more than 10 gallons please fill out our large chemical order form and allow us extra time to complete your fill.
Isopropyl Alcohol (Tech)- Sold by the gallon, you will need to provide your own container to purchase and transport Isopropyl Alcohol. We have reusable plastic bottles available for sale, but you can also bring your own glass or plastic bottle to have filled. If you bring a glass bottle you will need a bottle carrier or bucket to transport your Isopropyl Alcohol. If you plan on purchasing more than 10 gallons, please fill out our large chemical order form and allow us extra time to complete your fill.
Do you place special orders?
OSU Chemistry Stores is restricted in the items we can special orders for personnel outside of the chemistry department. If you need an item that we do not stock, please contact the Science Storekeeper with detail of the item you are wanting.