How to use a pipette for volatile liquids

It can be challenging to accurately pipette volatile liquids, such as ethanol, since they evaporate much faster than aqueous solutions. This can lead to dripping tips, which most people with no prior experience with pipetting volatile liquids experience.

When working with volatile liquids, it is good practice to pre-wet the tip before pipetting; using the liquid primed for pipetting, aspirate and dispense the entire volume of the tip three times to help release the air pressure and humidity that accumulates inside the tip.

Methods for achieving optimal aspirating and dispensing speeds can vary from liquid to liquid; however, it is recommended to work quickly after aspiration with all volatile liquids and pipette into the target vessel as soon as possible. Reverse pipetting, or discarding waste dispense once the pipetting of a volatile liquid is complete, is an effective technique that can be implemented if the results are significant.

How to use a pipette: Volatile liquids

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