Compatibility of Plastic Cuvettes to Various Liquid Substances

 

Chemical

CUV (polystyrene)

UV-VIS (proprietary plastic)

Acetic acid (96%)

Poor

Poor

Acetone

Poor

Poor

Acetonitrile

Poor

Poor

Benzene

Poor

Poor

Methylethyl Ketone

Poor

Poor

Carbon tetrachloride

Poor

Poor

Chloroform

Poor

Poor

Diethyl ether

Poor

Poor

Dimethyl sulfoxide

Marginal

Poor

Ethanol

Poor

Poor

Formaldehyde (40%)

Poor

Poor

Heptane

Poor

Marginal

Hexanes

Poor

Excellent

Hydrochloric acid (32%)

Marginal

Poor

Isopropanol

Marginal

Marginal

n-Pentane

Poor

Poor

Oleic acid

Poor

Poor

Perchloric acid (10%)

Poor

Poor

Petroleum ether

Poor

Poor

Phenol

Poor

Poor

Sodium hydroxide

Excellent

Poor

Sulfuric acid

Poor

Poor

Trichloroacetic acid

Poor

Poor

Trichloroethylene

Poor

Poor

Toluene

Poor

Poor

 

 

Reference: BrandTech Scientific, Inc., Perkin Elmer Life and Analytical Sciences, Cole Parmer