PINSE Pricing

The NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF) operates on a fee basis.  Internal users will provide a 32 digit University of Pittsburgh account number from their supervisor or PI in FOM in order to support their research and work in the lab.  External users are invoiced and payment may be submitted via check.

If you have any questions, needs, or concerns related to below details, please email nfcf@pitt.edu for assistance

The below chart indicates the cost of service for each equipment listed in the lab, please review all details.

Important Notes to Understanding Pricing 

- Reservations are encouraged for all equipment, and required for high demand equipment.  Length of reservations should be sufficient to complete the work planned during your run.

- No-show and automatic cancellation of reservation occurs 30 minutes after the start of your reservation, you must be in the lab before signing in to check machine.

- Use of equipment is charged the cost of one hour for each log in.  After one hour, each subsequent minute is prorated cost.

- FOM tracks actual usage hours to generate bills, therefore forgetting to log out it can significantly increase a bill.  Please contact nfcf@pitt.edu with correct times in case of forgotten logoff.

For Staff Hours Related to Training/ Service 

Staff Assistance Hourly Cost
Internal Pitt Users
External non-profit
External Commercial
NFCF Facility Staff Hourly Cost
Training Hours- equipment training hours$50$80$110
Service hours- staff scientific processing$50$80$110
Pleast Note that all staff hours are to be charged as an add-on fee, to be calculated as follows: 

   Staff Hours (shown here) 

+ Related Equipment Usage Hours (as indicated below)

   Total Amount 

 

Please note that for any of the following equipment, staff provided training is required as prerequisite to independent use of the machine.  The above costs are applicable during training in the same way that they are for service hours. 

View Estimated Training Lengths and Primary Personnel Here 

For Cleanroom/ Fabrication Facility

Cleanroom Hourly Pricing by NFCF Service
Internal Pitt Users
External non-profit
External Commercial
Equipment included in service offering:  

CR Service 1:

Fabrication Services

$15$30$45e-beam Evaporator
HMDS Oven 
Hoods(3) (Acid, Lithography Developer/ spinner)
Mask Aligners (2) 
Optical Microscope 
Plasma Asher (March PX500)
Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) 
Rapid Thermal Anneal (SSI Solaris100)
Reactive Ion Etcher (RIE)
Surface Profiler

CR Service 2:

Advanced Lithography Capabilities 

$30$60$90Direct Laser Writer (MLA100) 
Disco D321 Dicer 
Electron Beam Lithography System (Raith e-line) 
Nanoscribe

CR Serivice 3:

Advanced Deposition and Etching Techniques

$30$60$90

Angstrom Sputtering System 
Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition System (PE-ALD Fiji G2) 
Plassys E-Beam Evaporator 
Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) 
APEX ICP RIE (Cl and F)
Sputter/ Evaporation System (AJA)

Add-on: Staff Time (hourly, as detailed above)$50$80$110
As Detailed above 
First hour of any equipment usage is full price

 

For Characterization Facility 

Characterization Hourly Pricing by NFCF Service
Internal Pitt Users
External non-profit
External Commercial
Equipment included in service offering:  

C Service 1:

  Characterization Services

$20$40$60Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) 
Ellipsometer 
Fourier Transform Infrared Scpectroscopy (FT-IR) 
Microspectrophotomer (MSP) 
Raman Microscope 
Scanning Electron Microscope (JOEL 6510)
Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) 

Service 2:

  Transmission Electron Microscope 

$45$90$135Dual Beam System (Scios FEI FIB) 
Environmental Transmission Electron Microscope (Hitachi 9500) 
Transmission Electron Miscroscope (JOEL 2100F) 

C Serivice 3:

  Scanning Electron Microscope 

$35$70$105Electron Probe MicroAnalyzer (EPMA) 
Zeiss SIGMA 500VP SEM 

C Service 4: 

X-ray Diffractometer 

$25$50$75Bruker X-Ray Diffractometer 

C Serivce 5: 

Aberration-corrected TEM 

$75$150$225Titan Themis G2 200 Probe Cs Corrected Scanning TEM 

Add-on:Sample Preparation Area(hourly) 

$20$40$60PDMS preparation area 
Plasma cleaner 
Sputter coater (Denton) 
Add-on: Staff Time (hourly, as detailed above)$50$80$110As Detailed above 
First hour of any equipment usage is full price

 

Other important cost related items and incentive programs: 

Consumables
  

Material

unit

cost 

Deposition Metals available in Plassys and AJA deposition systems 

Gold (Au 99.999%)

nanometer

$1.20

Platinum (Pt 99.999%)

nanometer

$1.00

Palladium (Pd 99.995%)

nanometer

$0.90

Silver (Ag 99.999%)

micrometer

$50.00

Metals-Other currently available

various 

no charge

Various other available supplies 

All listed in FOM

Consumable Fee Schedule 

Attendance Fees 
  

No-Show and Cancellation Fee Policy

Internal 

External  

 

Pitt Users 

All External

Cancellation greater than 24 hours prior to reservation

No Charge 

No Charge 

Cancellation less than 24 hours prior to reservation 

No Show on any reservation 30 minutes after start time 

Equipment access sanctions

Equivalent cost 1 hour equipment

Internal Users Cap Per PI Trial Program

Pitt Internal Users Only 

Available for Internal University of Pittsburgh Users only. 

An Equipment usage cap will be implemented with a monthly/ yearly notch to enable cost-prediction for grant proposals. 

Academic monthly cap per PI group: $2,500 per month. 

Academic yearly cap per PI group: $25,000 per fiscal year. 

These caps apply only to equipment use.  Training, sample/ process service, consumables, and cancellation/ no-show fees are not capped and will be billed as a surcharge.