Our shared labs are open facilities, staffed by highly experienced NanoCenter personnel, for UMD and outside users who register, follow prescribed training and safety procedures, and provide account information for paying user fees through UMD accounts or external purchase orders. Companies, government labs, and universities are welcome. Over 80 pieces of equipment are available. The online scheduler enables equipment to be reserved ahead of time, provides billing information to faculty and other PIs for their accounts, and enables them to control access of their accounts to users in their groups.
The NanoCenter Shared Equipment is listed here. Upon registration, account setup, and appropriate training, NanoCenter users can reserve equipment time on the scheduler, which tracks equipment.
Our partner labs include both departmental and individual laboratories in which at least some of the equipment is available to NanoCenter users. Specific training, protocols and authorization for use of the shared equipment are determined by the lab owner(s), while the NanoCenter's scheduler and billing processes support the shared equipment's use. User fees collected by the NanoCenter for the shared equipment are dedicated to its maintenance and upgrades. This NanoCenter Partner Lab arrangement expands the scope and quality of equipment available to the NanoCenter community.
NanoCenter Allied Laboratories are laboratories at the University of Maryland that share equipment with interested users. NanoCenter members are encouraged to contact the lab's directors or principal investigators to make arrangements to use these instruments. This broader network of known labs is one of the benefits of NanoCenter participation.