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Hydrolytic glass: Highly resistant glass

Hydrolysis describes the breakdown of a chemical or biochemical compound through reaction with water. So far, so good. But was that have to do with glass? Can hydrolytic glass break down a chemical compound? And what role does water play in this?

Well, hydrolytic glass is simply resistant to chemical and/or biochemcial reactions. That means: It does not react itself, it remains neutral and resists the attacks from the compounds and the reactions between water and the chemical compounds.

A special measuring method determines the scope of this by categorising the individual glass types. This classification is important as it classifies the glass types for use in medical laboratories or in other facilities where acids, bases and other substances are handled.

Borosilicate glass, by the way, is not only highly resistant to strong and fast temperature fluctuations. It is a hydrolytic glass and is therefore resistant to acids, bases and their reaction with water. More simply: This glass can withstand the influence of chemicals.

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