Become a user

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The NFCF supports nanotechnology innovation by providing easily accessible characterization and fabrication of materials and devices in a single, central location for academic and industrial scientists/researchers.

For complete guidelines to become a user at NFCF, please select your affilliation type below:

University of Pittsburgh Users: University of Pittsburgh undergraduate & graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty with a valid account number.  

External Academic Users: From a U.S. non-profit organization or academic institution, other than the University of Pittsburgh. 

Commercial Users: From any commercial institution.


Billing and Usage Related Fees:

The NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility is a fee-based laboratory.  Please take a moment to review the fee schedule and details related to billing procedures for the NFCF.


A general overview of the process for signup is provided as follows:

3 Steps to NFCF Access

IP/Confidentiality Statement


The NFCF is a multi-user Characterization and Nanofabrication facility, please review our expectations of all users to ensure the integrity of the facility.