Become a User

Not a University of Pittsburgh Community Member

For all University of Pittsburgh Community Members 

This includes curent active Students, Faculty, and Staff of University of Pittsburgh - the following steps apply to gaining direct user access to the NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Lab, located in the Sub Basement floor of Benedum Hall, room SB 60-63.  If you are a faculty member and do not wish to gain direct access to operate the equipment yourself, you may reach out to us about planning for arrival for your students or for options related to service.


General lab access certification can be completed via the following steps 1-5.

  1. Ensure that you have an FOM account or create one:
  2. Complete the basic (pre-covid) training that can be found here - 
  3. Send me a copy of Chem Hygiene - (screenshot or forward email)
  4. Watch the updated general training COVID compliance conference call recording - (you can follow along with the content here)
  5. Email and include: copy of certification document from #3, confirmation of watching #4, and a photo of the front/back of your Pitt ID


General lab access grants you access to all equipment listed in Characterization side of the lab, as well as the fabrication tools indicated as Dicer, PLD, DSC, and PDC.


Cleanroom lab access certification can be completed via the following steps A-C.

Based on your research needs, you may additionally wish to prepare for Cleanroom equipment access.  We recommend to only pursue this step if you have confirmed need for equipment in the Cleanroom within the next 6 months.  Lithography, Deposition, Dry Etching, Surface profiling, Thermal processing, and Hoods are all located in the cleanroom, as listed here.  Submitting a request for a piece of equipment in the cleanroom will automatically prompt the orientation.

Note: Please complete the general lab orientation steps above, first, as prerequisite.


  A. Cleanroom basic pre-COVID training - Click here 
  B. Review gowning procedure with COVID procedure included - Click Here
  C. Followed by a virtual walkthrough scheduled with the Administrative Coordinator, to finalize cleanroom access.  


The Walkthrough will include review of the following content provided here.

Walkthrough meetings are offered based on the scheduling needs of those requesting attendance, and are held via Teams.  If you have not previously used Teams, you may wish to review our guidance related to Teams.


At any time during the process you may contact the Administrative Coordinator for assistance with this process by emailing