PC Bottles

Nalgene polycarbonate bottles offer excellent impact resistance and window clarity. They make a good choice for short term media storage and containing other aqueous solutions. Polycarbonate bottles remain impact resistant down to -135°C and are usable to +135°C, making them suitable for use from the freezer to the autoclave.

Polycarbonate bottles are chemically compatible with weak acids, alcohols and aliphatic hydrocarbons. They are not suited for exposure to bases, solvents or other aggressive lab chemicals which may cause immediate damage or product failure. 

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. Polycarbonate bottles 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 177.1580 for food contact. Polycarbonate bottles contain BPA. For regulatory claims  and certifications applicable to specific Nalgene bottles, please contact  Nalgene Regulatory Support.  

For help selecting the Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottle that's perfect for your lab applications, use our online selection guide. For personal assistance, contact the  Nalgene Technical Support team.

Narrow-Mouth Square Bottle
Large Narrow-Mouth Round Bottle
Space-saving square shape,
narrow mouth, graduated 
Larger size, rugged
lab quality construction
Window clear Window clear 
Molded graduationsNo graduations
Temp range
-135oC to 135oC
Temp range
-135oC to 135oC
Complies with Part 21
CFR 177.1580
for food use
Complies with Part 21
CFR 177.1580
for food use
Contains BPAContains BPA

General chemical compatibility

Square Bottles
Large Narrow-Mouth Round Bottles
Acids, dilute or weakEE
Acids^ strong, concentratedNN
Alcohols, aliphaticGG
Hydrocarbons, aliphaticGG
Hydrocarbons, aromatic NN
Hydrocarbons, halogenated NN
Ketones, aromaticNN
Oxidizing agents, strongFF

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.

*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."

Technical support

For assistance choosing products appropriate for your application, please speak with a Nalgene Technical Support Representative team by phone at +1.585.586.8800 or (1.800.625.4327 US toll free), or email your request to

In Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom please contact technical support by phone at +800 1234 9696 (toll free) or +49.6184.90.6321, or email your request to  techsupport.labproducts.eu@thermofisher.com.

Regulatory Support:  For regulatory documentation of product or material claims, please contact Nalgene Regulatory Support at  RocRegSupport@thermofisher.com


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

Request resources

California Proposition 65 Warning: Products manufactured with polycarbonate (PC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) or polystyrene (PS) contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.