Commercial Users

Using the Facility:

Commercial For-Profit and Corporate Company Members have two options for using the facility, as follows.  If you are from a non-profit institution, you can follow the instructions posted here.

Option 1 - Fee for Service:

 The NFCF staff perform the procedure and measurements, and they return the results when completed. The user must provide any samples and a written scope of work. The user 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 (nfcftdir@pitt.edu) 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:
    • Company name, location, and contact information
    • A description of the work that you want completed
    • A timeline for the work's completion
    • Financial limitations you would like to include, if applicable.  You may wish the review the Fee Schedule for NFCF.
    • If you or a team member will be completing the work at our facility directly, please include their email address
    • To finalize setup, the email address of an authorized signatory will be needed

Option 2 – become facility user:

 The user will run the procedure on their own.  The user must complete 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): nfcftdir@pitt.edu

2. Create a Scope of Work - Our staff will help to create a Scope of Work that will contain the following.  

  • Company name, location, and contact information
  • A list of equipment you would like to access
  • Financial limitations you would like to include, if applicable.  You may wish the review the Fee Schedule for NFCF.
  • If you or a team member will be completing the work at our facility directly, please include their email address
  • To finalize setup, the email address of an authorized signatory will be needed

 3. Complete Lab Orientation

4. If desired, 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. 

 

Note: If you are planning to get trained and use the X-ray diffractometer you will have to get Certificate of Analytical X-Ray Training from the Radiation Safety Office: email contact at radsafe@pitt.edu, or via phone at 412-624-2728. After completion of the training you will receive a radiation ring and can schedule equipment training.