A desiccator is a laboratory container that is used to store and protect materials from moisture. It typically consists of two parts: a base and a cover. The base is a container, usually made of glass or plastic, that is used to hold the desiccant, which is a substance that absorbs moisture. The cover is a lid that fits on top of the base and forms an airtight seal.
Desiccators are often used to store chemicals, powders, and other materials that are sensitive to moisture. They can also be used to dry samples before weighing or analyzing them. The desiccant in the base absorbs any moisture that is present in the air inside the desiccator, keeping the contents dry. A common desiccant is silica gel, which is a porous material that can adsorb moisture. Some desiccators are also equipped with a vacuum pump to create a vacuum inside the container, which further helps to remove any remaining moisture.
Desiccators come in a variety of sizes and can be used for a wide range of applications. They are easy to clean and can be used multiple times, but the desiccant should be replaced or recharged when it becomes saturated with moisture.