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Home > Frequently Asked Questions > Products > Accessories > What is the chemical compatibility of CVD plastic cuvettes?

What is the chemical compatibility of CVD plastic cuvettes?

The cuvettes have good compatibility with aqueous solutions. The UV cuvettes are made with a proprietary olefin material that responds well to many solvents.

Chemical Compatibility of CVD Plastic Cuvettes 
Chemical Polystyrene UV Plastic
Acetic acid (96%) Poor Excellent
Acetone Poor Excellent
Acetonitrile Poor Excellent
Benzene Poor Poor
Butanone (methyl ethyl ketone, MEK) Poor Excellent
Carbon Tetrachloride Poor Poor
Chloroform Poor Poor
Diethyl Ether Poor Marginal
Dimethyl Sulfoxide Marginal Excellent
Ethanol Poor Excellent
Formaldehyde (40%) Poor Excellent
Heptane Poor Poor
Hexane Poor Poor
Hydrochloric Acid (32%) Marginal Excellent
Isopropanol Marginal Excellent
n-Pentane Poor Poor
Oleic Acid Poor Poor
Perchloric Acid (10%) Poor Excellent
Petroleum Ether Poor Marginal
Phenol Poor Excellent
Sodium Hydroxide Excellent Excellent
Sulfuric Acid Poor Excellent
Trichloroacetic Acid Poor Excellent
Trichloroethylene Poor Poor
Toluene Poor Poor
Source: BrandTech Scientific

BrandTech qualifies the chemical compatibility of its cuvettes as follows:

  • Excellent: Properties of BRAND Disposable Cuvettes remain intact after 24 hours of exposure.
  • Marginal: Properties of BRAND Disposable Cuvettes may not remain intact after 24 hours of exposure. Testing is recommended prior to use.
  • Poor: Properties of BRAND Disposable Cuvettes will not remain intact after 24 hours of exposure.
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