Chemical Resources

Chemical Inventory

All Sample Preparation Labs are stocked with an assortment of common solvents, acids, bases, buffers, and other reagents. See our Chemical Inventories for a list of available reagents. Chemical inventories are organized according to the Stanford Compatible Storage Group Guide. If you need large quantities of any chemicals, please order or bring your own supply (see below). Please obtain the Lab Manager's permission before using or removing chemicals from the laboratories.

Chemical Inventories

John Pople (Beamline Operations) maintains the SSRL gas inventories and Gas Cage Map. This information is provided on the SPL page as a courtesy. Please contact John Pople directly with any questions about individual user gases stored on site at SSRL. 

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

If you will be working with any samples or reagents that are significantly toxic, reactive, corrosive, flammable, or otherwise especially hazardous, we may require an approved SOP before you can begin work. Examples: Reagents with an NFPA Rating of 3 or 4 in any category, GHS rating of 1 or 2, nanomaterials, heavy metals, pyrophoric materials, water reactive materials.

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Ordering Chemicals

All chemical orders must be placed through SLAC’s chemical procurement system; you cannot direct ship chemicals from a supplier to SLAC. Please contact us for ordering requests at least 3 weeks in advance. Provide the following information: chemical name, manufacturer’s name, part number, size, date required, user account number, Safety Data Sheets, and a 1-2 sentence description of chemical handling plans.

Shipping Chemicals & Samples

If you are shipping chemicals and/or samples to arrive at SSRL, please see SSRL Shipping page.

Bringing Chemicals & Samples

If you are planning to transport your chemicals or samples to SLAC, strict adherence to Departement of Transportation rules is required. Please contact Sample Prep Lab Staff or the SSRL Safety Office for approval and guidance.

Biology Chemistry & Material Science Labs

Grace Tang | (650) 926-3467


BCM 1 Laboratory

The BioChemMat Lab 1 is a broad purpose wet lab that contains common lab reagents, equipment & supplies, a cold room, and an inert atmosphere chamber.
Map to SSRL's building 120.

Biology Chemistry & Material Science Labs

Grace Tang | (650) 926-3467


BCM 2 Laboratory

The BioChemMat Lab 2 is a broad purpose wet lab similar to BCM 1. However, it is larger in size than BCM 1 and has broader equipment resources.
Map to SSRL's building 131.

Geoscience Preparation Laboratory

Grace Tang | (650) 926-3467


Geoscience Laboratory

The Geoscience Lab contains common lab reagents, equipment & supplies and inert atmosphere chambers. Work areas for radioactive materials and nanomaterials are available.
Map to SSRL's building 131.