RE: isopentane aka 2 methyl butane storage

From:"Featherstone, Annette"

Why do you have to store gum mastic in an explosion proof frig?

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Reeves []
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 11:57
Subject: Re: isopentane aka 2 methyl butane storage

Along the same lines - Is anyone storing there 2.5% Gum Mastic in an
explosion proof refrigerator?

Mary Reeves
Technical Specialist
1-352-265-0680 ext 7-2113

>>> Gayle Callis  06/05/03 11:16AM >>>
This solvent must be stored in an EXPLOSION proof freezer as all flammable,
volatile solvents in a laboratory should be stored.  To see what can
happen, read the last and excellent Histo Logic as to what happened at the
University of Arkansas when isopentane was put into a regular freezer!
KABOOM!  with extremely expensive consequences. Mainly they are lucky no
one was killed when the lab went to the moon. 

I believe you can access this publication via Sakura Finetek website, Vinny
might comment on this. 

Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology - Marsh Lab
Montana State University - Bozeman
S. 19th and Lincoln St
Bozeman MT 59717-3610

406 994-6367 (lab with voice mail)
406 994-4303 (FAX)


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