What Is the Use of a Spatula in a Laboratory?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 14, 2020 10:32:02 AM ET
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Spatulas are used for measuring solids, moving objects and scraping material out of beakers. Spatulas can be used for more purposes as well, including slipcovers and weights.

Spatulas used in labs are not the same type that you find in an everyday kitchen. These spatulas are normally all metal with a smaller putty knife like end and the other end is more tapered for accessing smaller areas. You may seem spatulas that have a wooden handle and a wider metal piece as well. There are also microspatulas used in laboratory settings as well. These are very similar to the normal spatula but smaller as the name suggests. The equipment can also be used for stirring and mixing compounds in small containers. Stainless steel and nickel spatulas are particularly versatile, especially when coated with polypropylene, and they feature excellent heat and chemical resistance. Lab spatulas can be sterile, nonsterile or single use.

Spatulas are also used for transporting and distributing dry chemical compounds during chemical analyses. They're used when weighing chemicals on a balance because they allow users to collect extremely small quantities. A microspatula, which is a hand-held device, is used in chemical laboratories for flipping, clipping and spreading substances during chemical analyses. A typical primary blade measures 30 x 60 millimeters. The other end has a blade with the same dimensions, but it has a slight upward bend. The average length of a spatula tool is 7 inches.