Scientific Supplies are available through ASU's SunRISE program, over the counter at the Chemistry Stockroom or through ASU Gas Services. If you need access to purchase from SunRISE, please complete a ServiceNow ticket requesting the appropriate department role. Purchases under $5,000 can be made with a P-Card. Compressed gases and radioactive materials cannot be purchased using a P-Card. You can use Workday to pay for purchases over $5,000.
Scientific supplies and equipment
Scientific or laboratory capital equipment
To purchase scientific or laboratory capital equipment, you must provide detailed specifications and contact an ASU buyer in this area for assistance. For equipment purchases of $50,000 or more, a formal invitation to bid is prepared and issued to the vendor community. ASU evaluates responses quantitatively, and the item will be purchased from the vendor with the lowest bid.
For customized items or items that specifications cannot define, the department should prepare a scope of work, evaluation criteria and a description of the project's intent. A proposal request is prepared and issued to the vendor community. We evaluate the responses qualitatively, without looking at the price as the primary determinant.
Occasionally, a product or service is so specific or unique that only one source qualifies as a provider. Sole-source purchases require written justification by the requesting department and subsequent approval from the appropriate professor, researcher, principal investigator, department chair or director. View PUR 105-01 Sole Source Procurement.
Scientific equipment may be tax-exempt if used solely for research and development purposes. This policy applies to capital equipment and fabricated components to build a more extensive system. The tax exemption is applicable for capital and fabricated purchases in the hard sciences.
Compressed gases, liquid nitrogen, dry ice or radioactive material
Per ASU policy, you must purchase all compressed gases through ASU Gas Services. Delivery of compressed gases is available on all ASU campuses. Dry ice is available with key access 24/7 in the Physical Science G wing, room 106. Liquid nitrogen is available 24/7 through an automated dispensing system.
- For liquid nitrogen, use the Gas Service tab within SunRISE to request dewar refills, access cards and LN2 supplies.
- To order compressed gases, sign in to SunRISE and click on the Gas Service tab.
- To access dry ice at PSG 106, you will need the following information:
- Account number.
- Department name.
- Department professor's name.
- Name of individual completing the log.
- Quantity of ice used per lab.
Radioactive materials can be purchased through SunRISE or Advantage with a Purchase Requisition or RX. Purchasing will forward the request to the Office of Radiation Safety for approval if an RX is needed. Once approved, the buyer enters a PC document and places the order. You will receive a confirmation number via email with shipping and delivery dates. Deliveries of radioactive materials come to the ORS located in the D-Wing, room 109. Per the radiation safety manual, the ORS staff surveys the materials for radiation levels and surface contamination upon receipt. A notification will be sent to the responsible user when materials arrive. Radioactive material is delivered to users by ORS staff.
The Chemistry stockroom is in Physical Sciences, G-Wing, PSG 106, on the Tempe campus.
Call 480-965-5733, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
If you have any other questions or concerns, email the SunRISE Helpline or call 480-727-7473.