We place orders through our vendors for chemicals, lab equipment, and scientific supplies on behalf of authorized faculty and students who are affiliated with any department at Michigan Tech. We also keep an inventory of chemicals and supplies available for purchase by members of the campus community.

Prior authorization is required for any student to make a purchase from Chem Stores. Authorization can be granted by department chairs, department coordinators, or account custodians. To grant authorization, email chemstores@mtu.edu with the following information.

  • Name of person(s) to be authorized
  • Department
  • Length of the authorization period
  • Any account number(s) the person may use to purchase items

No chemical or supplies are sold to individuals not authorized or unaffiliated with Michigan Technological University.

Announcements and Promotions

We will be closed June 26 thru June 28 for our annual inventory. Except for liquid nitrogen or other critical needs, no transactions will be made during this time. Any non-critical orders will be held for processing until the following week. Please plan accordingly to make your purchases ahead of time and have all your items picked up by June 25. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Current Ordering and Pickup Procedures

Please fill out our order form for every purchase; attempts to make a purchase without submitting the form may be refused. Although we are open during normal University hours, our service window is only in the afternoon. Please knock or call us if you are picking up items in the morning.

Many supply chains are still disrupted, and many products are on backorder. Please take this into consideration and order in advance when possible. We encourage you to order non-chemicals and non-hazardous items directly from the vendors, so that we can better focus our efforts on handling chemical orders.

Why order through the Chem Stores?

There are many reasons for ordering your supplies through us:

  1. As a bulk purchaser of chemical supplies with long-standing relationships with many of our suppliers, we are able to get prices that are lower than advertised.
  2. Your order turnaround time will be faster—from order to delivery to addition into MSDSonline, our on-campus inventory tracking system.
  3. We automatically log your purchases in MSDSonline. If the vendor makes an error in processing your order, we'll make sure your return is handled properly.
  4. We have professionals on hand to receive shipments and adhere to OSHA regulations, so you can have your chemicals shipped directly to us. We'll even handle the paperwork for you. What could be easier?

Our Vendors 

In addition to products we keep in stock, you can also request chemical orders from scientific suppliers. Browse the vendor's online catalogs to locate suitable products and their catalog #'s, then fill out our order form. Our preferred/most popular vendors are listed below, but a more complete list can be found within our order form. ChemStores does not order chemicals or other products from Amazon, E-bay, and similar e-commerce vendors (non-scientific suppliers), therefore other sources will need to be found.