Penicillin production and extraction
A specially-designed ceramic vessel was introduced to regularise penicillin production [1, 2, 3]. The vessels could be stacked for larger-scale production and readily transported. The vessels were tipped up and the culture containing the penicillin collected with a 'pistol' . The extraction of the penicillin from the culture was partly automated with a counter-current apparatus [5, 6]. Some of the work had to be done by hand using glass bottles as separation funnels .
- Inventory no. 19146 - Former Display Label
- Special Exhibition Label: 'Back from the Dead: Demystifying Antibioics' 04.11.2016 - 21.05.2017. Dunn School Case. Shelf 2.
- Former Display Label: Science at Oxford
- 'History Corner: A Lifetime of Penicillin', article by Eric Sidebottom in 'Fusion: The Newsletter of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology', Issue 15, Michaelmas 2016, pp.23-24
- Inventory No. 24937, "Penicillin Culture Vessel, by James MacIntyre & Co., Burslem, 1940" [1998-12], James MacIntyre & Co Ltd
- Inventory No. 26575, "Penicillin Culture Vessel, by James MacIntyre & Co., Burslem, 1940" [1998-12], James MacIntyre & Co Ltd
- Inventory No. 19146, "Penicillin Culture Vessel (Porcelain)"
- Inventory No. 30316, "Changing Pistol for Penicillin Extraction"
- Inventory No. 23310, "Counter Current Control Panel for Penicillin Extraction Apparatus" [1963-170]
- Inventory No. 21709, "Jet Plates and Needles for Penicillin Extraction"
- Inventory No. 17458, "Glass Bottle Used as Separation Funnel for Penicillin Extraction"