Chem Stores

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 to make a purchase from Chem Stores. To obtain authorization, submit an email to Requests must include the following:

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

Only department chairs, department coordinators, or the account custodian may give authorization on accounts. No chemicals or supplies are sold to individuals not authorized or not affiliated with Michigan Technological University.

Announcements and Promotions

Check our website weekly for new announcements, sales flyers, and promotions offered by Chem Stores and our vendors.

COVID-19 Closure

We are closed until April 14, or until further notice. We will not be placing new orders, and normal business transactions will not occur. If you need something essential, such as liquid nitrogen for live cell preservation, please email us at to schedule an appointment with one of our staff to meet you at ChemStores.

If you've already placed an order and it hasn't arrived, we will still receive the shipment if possible. We will hold onto your items and ensure proper storage until the "stay at home" order is lifted. If you already have a pending order that is unable to be delivered, we will coordinate with the vendor to ensure it gets shipped out after we re-open.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.

New Chemstores Website

The new University Chemical Stores began operation on July 1, 2018 and now reports to the Research Integrity Office. With the commissioning of the new facility, all chemicals and reagents for research and teaching must be purchased by, and delivered to, the University Chemical Stores.

Expanding the existing Chemical Stores, previously maintained by the Department of Chemistry, into the larger University Chemical Stores will increase safety, reduce the cost of managing chemicals and reagents, reduce disposal costs, and an provide a high level of customer service, including in-laboratory delivery.

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 purchasing chemicals, lab equipment, and scientific supplies on hand at Chem Stores, you can also ask us to order something for you through our vendors. Browse our vendors' online catalogs, or stop by Chem Stores and look through printed catalogs. We're located in the north end of the basement of the ChemSci. You'll need an item number for placing your order. Amazon, E-bay, and similar sources are not Vendor options.