Chemistry Purchasing and Accounting Office - Purchasing

Use Purchase Path to place your order.

Purchase Path is a web-based ordering system that facilitates departmental purchasing from order creation to completion. The software manages all aspects of purchasing including order submission, approval, receiving, tracking, and history. We are currently implementing this online purchasing application in the Department. If your research group is interested, please ask your faculty to contact the PandA office.


Purchase Path


Paper Request for Purchase – You can still use the multi-copy paper forms, available in the PandA office. Please be sure that all the information is complete. It also helps if we can read your writing. Please attach quotes or any other supporting information. Let us know when you need your supplies. Our goal is to place all orders within one business day of receipt.


Gas orders
Praxair delivers on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Cut off for Tuesday orders is Monday at 1:00pm (Friday for cryogenic orders) 

Cut off for Thursday orders is Wednesday at 1:00pm (Tuesday for cryogenic orders)

Liquid Helium - 3 day lead time

Liquid Nitrogen - 2 day lead time

Complex blends and specialty orders may take longer.



Is the order over $10,000?
Yes? Get a bid from different vendors or explain why only one vendor can provide what you need by submitting a sole source justification form.  


Machinery and Equipment Tax Exemption (M&E)
To qualify for the M&E sales and use tax exemption, equipment must:


  • Have a useful life of more than one year;
  • Be used more than 50% annually on qualifying research; and
  • Have an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more.


Learn more about M&E tax Exemption.
M&E tax exemption form (pdf) – submit with your order.


The Chemistry Research Storeroom (36 Bagley Hall) is the central receiving area for the Department. All material is shipped to 36 Bagley Hall. You will be notified via email when your package arrives. Want to know the status of your order? Purchase Path contains all the relevant information you need to track the status of your order. If you aren't signed up to use Purchase Path yet, please bring your copy of the order form and speak with a fiscal specialist in the PandA Office (109P Bagley Hall). Please don't use Bagley 36 for personal deliveries, as it is against University policy.

Equipment Insurance

University property and equipment is not automatically insured.
The Equipment Insurance campus-wide program administered by the Office of Risk Management provides optional, low cost coverage for equipment owned, leased or borrowed by University departments. Please contact Elizabeth for information about insuring UW-owned equipment.



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