Birck Nanotechnology Center

Overview Of Access and Equipment-Use Rates

The use of equipment is billed on a per-use or per-hour basis, using the most logical method of billing for each piece of equipment.  These charges are listed on the equipment webpages in most cases.  If you are not able to find the equipment-use rate on the webpage, or you have any other questions regarding rates and billing, please contact Erin Hibbert.

In addition, cleanroom and laboratory variable costs are covered through a monthly charge in addition to the equipment-usage charges.  This charge covers expenses such as laundering cleanroom garments, providing common-use chemicals, etc.

CLEANROOM USAGE 

Cleanroom access is billed as a one-time charge per month at a rate of $245 for internal users, $382 for external nonprofit users, and $770 for external for-profit users.  These fees are charged for the first entrance to the cleanroom during a calendar month.  Subsequent entrances that month are not charged.

Cleanroom access and equipment-use charges are capped for internal users at a level of $15,000 for the fiscal year. Note that the Vistec VB-6 e-beam lithography tool is not included in the cap.

LABORATORY USAGE

Access to laboratories outside the cleanroom is also charged on a monthly basis.  Monthly rates vary depending on the cost of consumables, and are divided according to the classification of the laboratory as follows:


Laboratory
Type

Internal

External
Non-Profit

External
For-Profit

Dry Laboratory
(no chemicals)

$25

$88

$180

Solvent-Usage Laboratory

$85

$179

$360

Acid-Usage
Laboratory

$128

$244

$490

BSL-2
Laboratory

$193

$242

$690

Under the present keying system, each user is charged only for the most expensive lab for which he/she holds a key in a given month.  For example, if you have a key for a dry lab and a key for an acid-usage lab, you are charged the rate for the acid-usage lab only.

All rates are revaluated periodically, and are subject to change.

 



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