Becoming a Member of the Surface Analysis Lab

The following steps must be followed to obtain access to the Surface Analysis Lab:

 

New membersignup

 

Campus Member

  1. Click the New Member Signup link above to complete the online application process. Once the application has been approved, lab members will be entered into the card system, including project(s) for billing.
  2. After the forms have been submitted, a member account will be created in coral for the member and their project
  3. For training on lab equipment please contact lab staff
  4. Complete training for an instrument to be granted access to that specific instrument
  5. Initially members will be restricted to using the instruments they are trained during regular laboratory hours from 8 AM – 9 PM
  6. When the lab staff has determined that a member is proficient with a tool, that member may be granted 24/7 access to that tool.

 Off-Campus Member

  1. Click the New Member Signup link above to complete the online application process.
  2. Complete an Indemnification form and student contract form and submit signed forms to Brian Van Devener in the Surface Analysis Laboratory.
  3. Obtain an access card from Brian Van Devener. The cost of the access card is $10.00.
  4. After the forms have been submitted a member account will be created in coral for the member and their project.
  5. For training on lab equipment please contact lab staff
  6. Complete training for an instrument to be granted access to that specific instrument
  7. Initially members will be restricted to using the instruments they are trained during regular laboratory hours from 8 AM – 9 PM
  8. When the lab staff has determined that a member is proficient with a tool, that member may be granted 24/7 access to that tool

Statement of a Respectful Workplace                                

  • The Surface Analysis Lab is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to high-quality research and learning. As such, we expect a commitment from all members of the community (students, staff, faculty, and industrial visitors) to act in a manner based on courtesy, civility, mutual trust and respect. All members of the community should be aware of the potential impact of their interactions, and strive to conduct themselves at the most professional level.

To promote a better, cleaner, and safer atmosphere in the lab, we ask all community members to:

  1. UNDERSTAND THE TOOLS
    Lab members should be familiar with the instruments. Basic SOPs are available for some of the prep tools as well as the some of the simpler analytical tools. If a lab member is unsure or has forgotten how to do something on the instrument they should ask the lab staff for assistance. It is better to ask questions instead of accidently damaging the instrument.
  2. BE RESPONSIBLE
    Members are responsible for the equipment and tools they use. If something breaks or a problem occurs while a lab member is using the tool they must report the problem to lab staff immediately.  Members are encouraged to clean up after themselves once they have finished using a tool.  If you don’t know how or where to dispose of something, ask the lab staff.
  3. SHOW RESPECT
    Treat the equipment/experiments in the lab how you would expect others to treat something that belonged to you. Do not dispose of samples that are not your own. If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, get trained or ask the lab staff for assistance before trying to figure it out on your own.
If you observe someone failing to follow these guidelines, please inform the lab staff

Training

  • Laboratory staff provides all training on all equipment. Observing an authorized person does NOT constitute training. Only laboratory staff can authorize lab members on equipment.  Additional training will be required on instruments involving radiation.*
  • Individual training sessions for the lab equipment are available upon request with the exception of the FEI Helios NanoLab 650 dbFIB and Kratos Axis Ultra DLD XPS. The requirements for these instruments are as follows:
    • The FIB is available to campus lab members only and requires proficiency on either the lab’s FEI Quanta 600 FEG SEM, or the FEI NovaNano SEM located in the physics department.
    • Training for the Kratos Axis Ultra DLD XPS XPS is available only through the completion of a formal Surface Analysis course taught in the spring semester.
  • Training for the FEI Quanta 600 FEG SEM can be completed through one of the following three methods:
    1. Individual one on one training with a member of the lab staff.
    2. Completion of the Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy course (ECE 5961 Cross listed with PHYS 5739 and MetE 7910) offered in the fall semester.
    3. Completion of the short course offered by the laboratory staff periodically throughout the year.
  • When a person can demonstrate that they have the skills to operate an instrument they will become an authorized lab member and be added to the user list for that instrument. If the lab member fails to demonstrate the skill required to operate the instrument, they and a member of lab staff will discuss the problems they encountered and schedule additional training sessions If a lab member does not use a tool for three months they will lose their qualification on that tool and must see the lab staff for their qualification to be reinstated.

* Lab members who wish to be trained on the Kratos Axis Ultra DLD XPS or Eagle III Microspot XRF are required to complete the university radiation safety training found here. Lab members will not be able to run the tool independently until both the radiation training and lab training has been completed.

Citing the Surface Analysis Lab

  • When publishing or presenting the results derived from staff and services in the Surface Analysis Lab, lab members agree to use the following acknowledgement:

“This work made use of University of Utah Shared facilities of the Surface Analysis and Nanoscale Imaging group sponsored by the College of Engineering, Health Sciences Center, Office of the Vice President for Research, And the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Initiative of the State of Utah”

  • If the Helios db-Fib is used in a member’s research, please add the following to any presentations or publication acknowledgements:

“This work made use of University of Utah USTAR shared facilities support, impart, by the MRSEC Program of NSF under Award No. DMR-1121252.”

  • If the JEOL JEM 2800 is used in a member’s research, please add the following to any presentations or publication acknowledgements:

“This work made use of University of Utah USTAR shared facilities support, impart, by the MRSEC Program of NSF under Award No. DMR-1121252.”

Forms

Indemnification Form

Microfab User Policy

Student Contract