1. What is the main difference between a dropper and a pipette?
The main difference lies in their purpose. Droppers are primarily used for transferring small volumes of liquid, drop by drop, while pipettes are designed for precise measurement and dispensing of liquids, often in controlled volumes.
2. Are there disposable droppers and pipettes available?
Yes, there are disposable options for both droppers and pipettes, especially in applications where sterility and convenience are essential.
3. Can you reuse glass droppers and pipettes safely?
Glass droppers and pipettes can be reused, but they require thorough cleaning and sterilization between uses to prevent contamination.
4. How do I clean and sterilize a pipette for laboratory use?
Cleaning and sterilization protocols vary but typically involve washing with suitable solvents, autoclaving, or using ultraviolet (UV) light for sterilization.
5. Are there any safety precautions I should take when using a pipette?
When using a pipette, especially with hazardous substances, it’s crucial to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), follow established safety protocols, and handle the instrument with care to prevent accidents or spills.