Did you know: Pipettes fit into a 12 litre airlock

Pipette and pipette filler in a Whitley Airlock

This is the ninth in our ‘Did you know’ series of articles introducing things you may not know about the Whitley range of products and services – read on and you may find out something about your workstation that could make your working life easier.

Did you know that 10ml pipettes and pipette fillers fit comfortably into a Hypoxystation 12 litre airlock? It might be small enough that it takes only 60 seconds to perform a full cycle but the Hypoxystation airlock has been designed with your working accessories in mind.

The 12 litre airlock will also accommodate:

  • Up to 44 x 96 well plates
  • Up to 84 x T25 culture flasks
  • Up to 8 x T175 culture flasks


LumaScope in Whitley Airlock
LumaScope in Whitley Airlock

What other items can a Whitley Airlock accommodate?

The Hypoxystation airlock accommodates a range of other laboratory equipment, for example, the LumaScope™ Live Cell Imaging Platform. It is easy to transfer into and out of the workstation using the airlock (as shown in the picture) and can sit underneath the shelf, to be pulled to the front of the chamber for use. If your Hypoxystation has a half shelf, the LumaScope™ can sit to one side and be ready for regular use.

What if I have a particular item in mind for use in a Hypoxystation?

If you have any concerns about equipment and accessories fitting into a Whitley Airlock, or would like to discuss a particular item that you would like to use inside a Hypoxystation chamber, please get in touch with our sales team:

Whitley Hypoxystation 12 Litre Airlock
Whitley Hypoxystation 12 Litre Airlock

Tel: 01274 595728


Email: sales@meintrup-dws.de






Hypoxystations now with superior cooling

Whitley H35 Hypoxystation

An example of how quickly Don Whitley Scientific can react to customer needs came about recently due to a query from our Chinese distributor.

A Hypoxystation customer was experiencing problems with overnight humidity control in the workstation. They explained that most laboratories in China are air conditioned during the day but the air conditioning is usually switched off outside office hours. Customers were finding that because of this, the ambient temperature in the laboratory was rising to such a level that effective cooling of the condenser plate could not be maintained. Although this may not be an issue when working with human cells, this customer was using the H35 Hypoxystation for anaerobic organisms.

Our distributor, Hua Yue Enterprise Holdings, asked if there was anything that could be done to improve the cooling system so that switching off the air conditioning overnight had less of an effect on the internal atmosphere of the workstation.

We set to work on the challenge, acknowledging that this issue could apply to any laboratory in any country where air conditioning systems are used in laboratories – not something we usually have to worry about in the UK!

Our research and development team had already improved Whitley Anaerobic Workstations by fitting them with thermoelectric humidity control devices for cooling the condenser plate. This has proved to be a much more efficient method of cooling.

This improved control of humidity has been so successful, it seemed only sensible to fit this superior cooling device to all our H35 and H45 Hypoxystations, including the HEPA models.

This change came into effect at the beginning of July … the first unit being supplied to China, of course.

Targeting Collagen Regulation in Glioblastoma Multiforme

Whitley H35 Hypoxystation

A poster entitled: Targeting Collagen Regulation in Glioblastoma Multiforme is being presented at the Annual British Neuro-Oncology Society Conference in Liverpool, which runs from 9th to 11th July. The authors, who used a Whitley H35 Hypoxystation in their work, are Abaitua F, O’Neill K and Syed N from Imperial College London and Crook T from Dundee University. Read on for the abstract …


And the winner is … Antibiotics

Whitley H35 Anaerobic Workstation

For those who are not already aware, the 2014 Longitude Prize challenge is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test kit for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals to administer the right antibiotics at the right time. Scientists now have 5 years in which to come up with a solution and potentially claim the £10m prize fund.


Use of HEPA Filtration within an Anaerobic Chamber …

Dr Pridmore at Anaerobe 2014

On 30th June, Dr Andrew Pridmore, Head of Microbiology at Don Whitley Scientific, presented a poster entitled Use of HEPA Filtration within an Anaerobic Chamber to Reduce Bacterial Density in the Incubation Atmosphere, at Anaerobe 2014 (12th Biennial of the Anaerobic Society of the Americas, Chicago, USA). Copies of the poster can be obtained from the DWS website.