PP and PPCO carboys

Nalgene polypropylene and polypropylene copolymer carboys are iconic lab essentials for large-volume liquid storage and dispensing where autoclavability is desired. Their rugged construction can take a beating in the lab or in the field. They are compatible with a wide range of lab reagents. Round body style facilitates efficient mixing. Rectangular body style provides space efficiency: arrange multiple carboys side-by side to create a neatly organized lab reagent bank or optimize cargo space in the field.  

Polypropylene and polypropylene copolymer carboys provide very good chemical compatibility with a wide variety of lab reagents including most acids, bases, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, and aliphatic hydrocarbons.  Choose polypropylene for higher temperature applications up to 135°C. Polypropylene copolymer is well-suited for lower-temperature applications as it maintains its protective impact resistance down to -40°C.  Both materials are autoclavable.

For chemical compatibility ratings by specific chemical and application temperature, consult the   Nalgene Chemical Resistance Guide, or request a copy of the printed wall chart. Polypropylene and polypropylene copolymer carboys are made only from high-quality laboratory-grade resin materials that comply with a number of regulatory specifications including: USP Class VI, EP monographs, EU food-contact directives, CONEG, RoHS, CA Prop 65, SARA Title III Sec. 313, and 21 CFR pt 177.1520 for food contact.  For regulatory claims  and certifications applicable to specific Nalgene carboys, please contact   Nalgene Regulatory Support.

For help selecting the Thermo Scientific Nalgene carboy that's perfect for your lab applications, use our online selection guide or for personal assistance, contact the   Nalgene technical support team.

Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Spigot (2319-series, 8319-series APAC) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy (2250-series, 8250-series in APAC) Wide-Mouth Round Carboy (2235-series) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Tubulation Port (2301-series) Rectangular Carboy with Spigot (2321-series) Rectangular Carboy (2212-series)
Dispensing lab water and reagents.  Compatible with sterilzation by autoclaving Liquid storage and shipping.  Applications where autoclaving is required. Liquid storage where autoclaving is required. Wide  mouth allows easy access for filling and cleaning For gravity-fed liquid dispencing through tubing.  Applications where autoclaving is required. Dispensing lab water and reagents.  Excellent choice for space efficient reagent banks. Autoclavable Space-efficient storage for large-volume lab solutions where autoclaving is required
PP with white PP closure/TPE gasket, PP spigot PP with white PP closure/TPE gasket PPCO with white PP closure PP with white PP closure/TPE gasket PPCO with white PP closure, PP spigot PPCO with white PP closure
Round Round Round Round Rectangular  Rectangular 
Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent
10L (2.5ga) - 50L (13ga)  10L (2.5ga) - 50L (13ga)  10L (2.5ga) - 20L (5ga) 10L (2.5ga) - 20L (5ga) 9L (2ga) - 20L (5ga)  9L (2ga) - 20L (5ga) 
Narrow mouth  Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Narrow mouth  Wide mouth Wide mouth
Spigot No drain No drain Tubing adapter port Spigot No drain
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range 0°C to 135°C Temp range 0°C to 135°C Temp range -40°C to 121°C Temp range 0°C to 135°C Temp range -40°C to 121°C Temp range -40°C to 121°C
Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable Autoclavable
Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons Graduated in liters and gallons
Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Molded-in shoulder handles Stainless steel handle and 20L w/molded-in grip Stainless steel handle and 20L w/molded-in grip
Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use Complies with Part 21 CFR 177.1520 for food use
BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free BPA-free
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with spigot 
(2319-series, 8319-series APAC)
Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy (2250-series, 8250-series in APAC) Wide-Mouth Round Carboy (2235-series) Narrow-Mouth Round Carboy with Tubulation Port (2301-series) Rectangular Carboy with Spigot 
(2321-series)
Rectangular Carboy 
(2212-series)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G G G G G
Alcohols, aliphatic E E E E E E
Aldehydes G G G G G G
Bases/alkali E E E E E E
Esters G G G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic G G G G G G
Hydrocarbons, aromatic N N N N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to   Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC. 
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC.
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.

^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."


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Resources

Additional resources
  • Break the Glass Habit Brochure
  • Bottle and Carboy Selection Guide
  • Plastic Properties Reference Magnet
  • Plastic Labware Chemical Resistance Wall Poster

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