|Source: OPRD / CNRS|
I'm reminded of classic papers for pragmatic lab procedures, like Clark Still's on flash chromatography, or Gottlieb & Nudelman's on detecting trace NMR impurities. Everyone has encountered their lab's version of the Kugelrohr setup - run by an old electric kettle and a windshield-wiper motor!
From the ASAP of Organic Process Research and Development comes this handy one-pager: a how-to on cleaning dozens of NMR tubes simultaneously, using glassware readily available in just about any synth lab.
Seeing this instantly triggered a "Well, duh!" moment for me - the amount of time I've stood before a stoppered 500mL vacuum flask impaled with a cannula, washing single tubes by hand...I'm sure it reaches into hours, if not days.
If you try this, leave a comment; I'm really quite interested to see how it turns out. I'd also wonder if OPRD might be angling for other quick one-offs. Couldn't hurt to try, right?
*Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't point unfamiliar readers to the treasure trove that is Not Voodoo.