The glass workshop belongs to the Nagoya University Total Academic Technology Center / Education and Research Technology Support Room / Device Development Technology Department, and provides indispensible research and education support systems.
In recent years requests to the shop for building large devices or accurate devices have increased. Also, requests for vacuum devices, low temperature devices and solvent and other distillation devices have been many. When making these devices, it is important to meet the vacuum or low temperature requirements of the devices and understand the research and content of the experiment, and design the device thereupon. In order to be able to do that various kinds of technical design knowledge, such as that of glass bellows and the joining of glass and metals, is necessary, and a very high level of technological prowess backed up by a wide range of supporting knowledge is required. In order to meet all these requirements, a glass lathe and a large scale electronic furnace have been introduced, as well as an outside polishing machine, and inside polishing machine, a diamond flat polishing machine, and other polishing machines required in accurate tasks. Also, independently created construction machinery and machinery that betters market goods have been introduced, and the scope of construction technology has increased. This filling out of facilities makes our glass workshop top class among all those in the country.
Efficient, high purity distillation is required of solvent distillation devices (#6419796). Mixing of grease and water from the air is completely eliminated through the introduction of our (the workshop’s idea) characteristic glass flange, and inert gas bubbling allows solvent to circulate at all times, and a high purity solvent is purified.
Vacuum exhaust and inert gas introduction devices (#3448644) are used in experiments to remove unstable substances from the air. It is an indispensable device for the introduction of inert gasses and removal of sample from the environment, and by using a vacuum and pressure cork though of by our workshop removal of substances from the air and introduction of inert gasses is easily possible. Patents domestically and internationally have been published. Also, Atsushi Wakamiya (currently an associate professor at Kyoto University), Professor Noda, and Professor Natsume have applied jointly for a circulatory evaporation trap sphere development related patent (Patent Number 2009 – 272077).
Also, we are complying with the requests of other academic departments to make and provide technological guidance for special glass devices that are indispensible to many fields.
These achievements have been recognized and we have received the Chemistry Technology Merit Prize from the Chemical Society of Japan and the Merit Award from the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry.
※Pictures of the main devices in the workshop are listed on the glass workshop homepage.