Commercial Users

Using the Facility:

Commercial users have two options for using the facility:

Option 1 - Fee for Service:

 The NFCF staff will perform the procedure and measurements, and they will return the results when completed. The user must provide any samples and a written scope of work. The requester is welcome to come and observe the work as it is performed in the facility. 

Detailed steps for Fee for Service:

  1. Contact the NFCF Technical Director  ( to discuss project feasibility and for design assistance.
  2. Create a Scope of Work - Our staff will help to create a Scope of Work that will contain:
    • A description of the work that you want completed
    • A timeline for the work's completion
    • The maximum amount you are willing to spend

Option 2 – become facility user:

 The user will run the procedure on their own.  The user must attend orientation and go through training on the relevant equipment. Assistance from the NFCF staff can be provided if requested at an additional cost.

Detailed steps to Become a Facility User:

1. Contact the facility to discuss project feasibility and for design assistance. 

    Nanofabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF):

2. Complete and submit an external user agreement provided by facility director.

    Please complete exhibit A in the user agreement to elaborate your scope of work.  (Facility Director will review and contact requester with any questions)

 3. Complete the following new user training modules:

4. Receive facility walk-through, and training on equipment related to the scope of your work.

5. An NFCF staff member will assist you with application for a proximity access card, which will allow you access to unlock the applicable lab doors.  

For either above option, you may wish the review the Fee Schedule for NFCF.

(Note: If you are planning to use the X-ray diffractometer you must obtain a Certificate of Analytical X-Ray Training from the Radiation Safety Office: email contact at, or via phone at 412-624-2728. After completion of the radiation safety training you will receive radiation ring and can schedule equipment training.)