Chem 565 Introduction to Scientific Glassblowing


CHEM 565,  Fall 2023

Course Description:

This course provides a basic introduction to the fabrication of scientific apparatus from glass. Topics covered include laboratory set-up, the fundamental skills and techniques of glassblowing, the operation of glass fabrication equipment, and requisite safety procedures. Emphasis is placed on manipulative skills and dexterity, as well as the basic tools, materials, and equipment found in a modern glassblowing facility. Students learn through formal and informal lectures, supplemented by extensive hands-on training in the methods of glass heating and manipulation. 

  • Chem 565L- Introduction to Scientific Glassblowing is a ½ credit graduate level course and cannot be used toward any degree requirement. 
  • All students must have permission of their advisor to enroll.
  • Class is held Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-11:00.
  • Class is limited to 5 students.

Enrollment procedure:

Enrollment must be done in person in SCL 14.  Sign-ups are offered to Chemistry Graduate students, Monday August 28th.  Other Yale University graduate students may sign up Tuesday, August 29th beginning 8:00 AM.  What spots are available are open to Yale College Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores on Wednesday August 30th, also at 8:00 AM.  The first class meeting will be Tuesday, September 5th.

All class material is provided, students only need to be on time and wear proper laboratory attire.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to check availability.

A word of advice, the course will be more satisfying if you put in extra time outside of the normal course time for practice.