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Title: microscale lab techniques
Post by: bmc on September 18, 2004, 03:00:46 PM
My first semester of organic lab only teaches microscale lab techniques. Is this the current trend, or should it also include macroscale techniques ???
Post by: Donaldson Tan on September 18, 2004, 03:48:39 PM
I'm not a chemistry major. I've no idea, but please refrain from typing in capitals in future. It's equivalent to shouting. Please observe internet ettiquette.
Title: Re:microscale lab techniques
Post by: jdurg on September 18, 2004, 10:09:16 PM
That seems to be the current trend for a multitude of reasons;

1):  It's cheaper that way.  If only tiny mL quantities are used, the supply can last much longer and the university doesn't have to buy as much.  Cheaper methods = better looking for the accounting sector of the university.

2):  Safety.  It has become a sad trend in society today whereby safety is taking a backseat to stupidity.  Even worse, if someone makes a mistake they claim that it's not their fault and sue whomever's residence they are in.  By performing reactions on a small scale, the chances of a big accident happening and the school getting sued because of it goes down.  Again, cheaper = better for the school.  

Those really are the two big reasons why microscale labs are preferred nowadays over larger scale labs.  Sad but true.