Rates & Policies

MNMS Lab Rates

New cleanroom charges will be implemented on January 15, 2007 at the start of the spring semester. A separate charge sheet will be posted on the MNMS Website detailing costs. Other changes to lab rates that will be implemented on the 15th of January 2007:

  • Cleanroom daily rates will apply from 5am to 4:59 am, which is a change from the current midnight changeover.
  • Charge sheets will be available for users to check their monthly charges, and a period of one week will be allowed to report any potential discrepancies in charges.

See below for more detailed charges & rate information.

MNMS Lab Charges & Rates

MNMS Lab Charges Cost
Description Academic Users External Users  
MNMS Cleanroom Access $60 / day* $90 / day  
Prep Room Access $20 / day $30 / day  
Microscopy Suite Access $20 / day $30 / day  
MEL Cleanroom Access $10 / day $15 / day  
Safety** $10 / month $15 / month  
* Maximum Academic charge of $800 / mo
** Not applicable for users of MEL Cleanroom

MNMS Lab Rates Cost
Equipment Academic Users External Users
* Maximum Academic charge of $2,400
** $15 / minute charge for gold deposition
*** $8 / minute up to 200 minutes of use, then $6 / minute thereafter
ICP-DRIE (Plasmatherm) $1 / minute* $1.5 / minute
ICP-DRIE (STS) $8 / minute*** $15 / minute
Cluster (3-gun Dielectric Sputterer) $20 / hour $30 / hour
Cluster (Evaporator $20 / hour $30 / hour
Cluster (8-gun Metal Sputterer) $20 / hour** $30 / hour**
MVD $12 / hour $18 / hour
ICP-PECVD $20 / hour $30 / hour
Bonder $3 / hour $4.5 / hour
RIE (Axic) $5 / hour $7.5 / hour
SEM $10 / hour $15 / hour
Super Critical (CO2 Dryer) $2.5 / hour $3.75 / hour
Furnaces (High Temp) $2 / hour $3 / hour
Furnaces (Tube) $2 / hour $3 / hour

Vacation/Sick Leave Policy

Supervision of the cleanroom is an essential job and must be covered at all times during normal business hours. An alternate supervisor, as approved by the Laboratory Director, must be in charge of the cleanroom in the event of vacation or sick leave by the Cleanroom Laboratory Specialist. The temporary supervisor will have full access to the facility and be kept up to date on maintenance, schedules, and procedures as performed by the Cleanroom Laboratory Specialist. All staff working for the cleanroom will report to the temporary supervisor.

Security Camera Policy

Security cameras will be installed in all areas of the cleanroom to record activity in the event of equipment misuse or theft. The security cameras will not be monitored on a daily basis, but the images will be stored and kept for the purpose of review of any incidents that occur in the laboratory. In the event of theft or equipment misuse, only the Director of the Cleanroom will review the archives, and the appropriate authorities will be notified. Signs will be posted in all areas stating security cameras are in use.

Research Coordinator

Research is a fundamental part of the MNMS cleanroom facility. The Research Coordinator will be in charge of the laboratory research activities by working with principal investigators, post-doctoral, and student researchers to advance the research mission of the laboratory, planning research activities in the lab, and facilitating researchers cleanroom requests. In addition, the Research Coordinator will be in charge of chemical safety training, Chemical Storage Request forms, chemical and sample storage allocation, and maintaining MSDS information.

Incident Response

All incidents in the MNMS lab that involve injuries, deliberate misuse or theft will be investigated by a team consisting of the Lab Supervisor, Alternate Supervisor, and MechSE Facilities Supervisor, with a report to be given to the Lab Director.

Equipment Reservation and Charging Policies

Key tools and equipment have specific charges and reservation policies as detailed below. Additional tools and equipment may be added as needed.

COVID Policies

  • Updated: Oct 5, 2023
  • These policies are for Microscopy Suite (212MEB), Prep Room (202A MEB), MEL Cleanroom (2232MEL), and MNMS Cleanroom (213 MEB)
  • All original COVID specific practices including masks, DRS training, and social distancing are no longer required,