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UB Shared Instrumentation Laboratories New User Guide

North Campus

Thank you for your interest in using the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories which include the Davis Hall Electrical Engineering Cleanroom and the Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory. In order to gain access to one or both of these labs, please carefully read and follow the following steps:

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How to access the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories

1. Complete the UB Shared Instrumentation Laboratories’ New User and Scope of Work Form

Please take a moment to complete the approriate form to tell us about yourself and the work you will be conducting while using the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories.

Tip: These PDF forms are not fillable if opened in a firefox browser.

2. Read and sign the governance document for the laboratory that you are interested in using.

These documents outline the governing principles, facility guidelines and regulations of each of the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories. Please take the time to read them carefully in order to understand the expectations associated with use of the laboratories.  

3. Attend Laboratory Safety Training

Proof of laboratory safety training with UB’s Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) or certification of having completed required laboratory safety training within the previous 12 months that meet requirements of 40 CFR 262 (RCRA Hazardous Waste) and 29 CFR (OSHA Right to Know) is required. Training renewal is required every 12 months.

4. Attend an Initial Orientation and Training Session

All users of the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories must attend an Initial Orientation and Training Session. This session carries a one-time fee of $125 (academic) or $300 (industry) for each first-time user. This session includes discussion of your project, as well as orientation/training of lab-specific safety and other protocols, an introduction to lab entry/exit procedures, instrument scheduling, and providing you with swipe-card access to the facility.  The fee also includes any future training that may be required on any equipment within our facilities. See our rates page for additional information.

Initial Orientation and Training Sessions are held on an as-needed basis and therefore require regsitration. Sessions are held as follows: 

Davis Hall Electrical Engineering Cleanroom: Tuesdays, 2 PM by appointment at 114 Davis Hall main door. Email David Eason, Ph.D. to register.

Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory: Mondays, 2 PM by appointment at 110 Furnas Hall. Email Shirley Bei, Ph.D. to register.

A signed form is required to certify training. Please remember to bring the following form with you to training.

Please note that equipment specific training is not provided during the Initial Orientation and Training Session and must be scheduled during a separate time. Instructions for scheduling equipment training are located on the bottom of this page.

5. Forward Documentation

Please scan and email the following documentation to Jennifer Giegel. In the event it cannot be scanned, please hand-deliver or mail this documentation to 132 Bell Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260.

  • Completed and signed UB Shared Instrumentation Laboratories’ New User and Scope of Work Form
  • Signed Governance Document for the lab/s you are interested in using
  • EH&S Training Certification Card
  • Initial Orientation and Training Session Certification

Thank you for taking the time to provide the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories with the documentation necessary to provide access to and use of these facilities. Laboratory entry priviledges will be given within 48 business hours of receiving all documentation. Please direct any questions or inquiries to Jennifer Giegel (716) 645-3394.

How to schedule equipment training

Training is required for each piece of equipment that a user intends on operating. Staff at each of the Shared Instrumentation Laboratories provide this training by appointment only.

For instrumentation training in the Davis Hall Electrical Engineering Cleanroom, please contact David Eason, Ph.D. (645-8496), with exception for users of the JEOL EBL/SEM and Zeiss FIB/SEM.  For users of the JEOL EBL/SEM and Zeiss FIB/SEM, please contact Yueling Qin (645-8698) for training, approval and account assignments.

For instrumentation training in the Furnas Hall Materials Characterization Laboratory, please contact Shirley Bei, PhD (645-5165)

A signed form is required to certify training. Please remember to bring the following form with you to training.