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Material Management (MV) Chemistry

The material management of the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Fabeckstraße 34/ 36 advises and supports working groups, practical courses and service departments in their supply of solvents, chemicals, gases, dry ice, laboratory equipment and office supplies, as well as in the proper disposal of various laboratory waste.

The service of material management

  • Economical purchase and storage of frequently required solvents and chemicals on the one hand, laboratory utensils and office materials on the other hand
  • Distribution of the above-mentioned materials primarily to the chemical areas during fixed opening hours
  • Purchase, provision and dispensation of dry ice to all areas of Freie Universität Berlin
  • Listing and rebooking of financial expenditures made in advance by all using areas
  • Acceptance and proper disposal of laboratory waste such as
  • Solvent waste, halogen-free and halogen-containing

  • Waste operating materials and glass with chemical adhesions

  • Liquid heavy metal waste with and without mercury

  • Solid mercury waste

Opening hours of the material store Fabeckstraße 34/36

  • Chemicals and dry ice: room K1.U014 (basement, corridor to the right of elevators)
Monday to Thursday: 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Laboratory and office materials: room K1.H001 (UG, opposite sports room)
Monday to Thursday: 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

  • Disposal of laboratory waste, room U009 a+c (basement)
Tuesday: 01:00-01:15 p.m.

The receipt of dry ice and the disposal of laboratory waste can also take place outside the opening hours in individual cases and after telephone arrangement with Sebastian Heintze.


Material management administrationTelephone:+49 30 838 58205Email:susanne.nitschke@fu-berlin.de
Material store chemicals and dry ice -54257, Material store laboratory and office materials -55176Telephone:+49 30 838 64293Email:sebastian.heintze@fu-berlin.de
Substitute employee of both material storesTelephone:+49 30 838 61281Email:daniel.kutifa@fu-berlin.de

Information for users

  • Products are generally handed out to persons who belong to an area listed in the respective material store, e.g. a working group. However, students from the practical courses need for reception a material slip signed by a responsible assistant.
  • A letter from the head of the requesting area stating the need for the material and the appropriate cost center is required to be submitted to Susanne Nitschke in order to obtain a receiving authorization, if one does not already exist.
  • Materials can only be provided subject to available storage quantities and capacity. In the case of larger or recurring quantities of a product, users are encouraged to purchase the product independently.
  • The delivery of materials to private persons is excluded.

The chemicals present in the material store can be viewed via the CLAKS system. The user group of the material administration is 392. A specific search for substances is possible via the "combination search" in CLAKS. 

  • Only canisters with liquid chemical waste that are filled to 90%, tightly closed, leak-proof overall, clean on the outside and correctly labeled are to be handed in! Canisters that do not comply with these criteria must unfortunately be rejected and transferred to other canisters in the laboratory.
  • Operating materials with chemical adhesions such as cellulose, filter papers, gloves, etc. are to be collected and handed in in 30 L snap lid buckets or appropriate waste bags.
  • Glass waste with chemical adhesions can be collected separately in 30L snap lid buckets and obtains its own label.
  • The buckets are to be closed tightly only before delivery still in the laboratory, since the lids are difficult to loosen again in the meantime. Do not overfill!
  • It is also important to ensure that the buckets are labeled correctly. Bags do not need to be labeled as they are disposed of in a large metal container (ASP) provided for this purpose.
  • Cannulas and glass are generally to be collected in puncture-proof containers, either with in the 30L operating material bucket respectivily glass waste bucket or smaller quantities in other small containers disposed of in the ASP for operating materials.
  • Empty waste containers (canisters, snap lid buckets) as well as labels are available free of charge on site during disposal hours. Waste bags are available in stock at the material store for laboratory materials.
  • In addition, information on handling a wide variety of waste is available from the Department of Sustainability and Energy.

The laboratories are responsible for the correct provision of laboratory waste with chemical components for disposal.

>> Further detailed instructions for disposal can also be found here.

Information on the various collection points for toner cartridges, batteries, electrical and metal scrap can be obtained from the janitors of the respective locations, in Fabeckstr. 34/36 also from the material management in the building.