Birck Nanotechnology Center

Birck Nanotechnology Center - Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

  1. Who do I contact if I'm having computer problems?
  2. What is CORAL and who do I contact if I am having problems?
  3. Can I get deliveries sent to Birck?
  4. How do I get an office assignment?
  5. How do I get my computer to print on BNC printers?
  6. When & Where do I pick up my keys?
  7. Where can I find the most up-to-date Policies & Procedures manual?
  8. How do I know which staff member can help me with my problem?
  9. Who can get access to the BNC Facilities?

Labs

  1. How do I get supplies replenished in the laboratories?
  2. What is the Procurement Officer's delivery schedule?
  3. Who do I go to for safety or chemical questions?
  4. Who do I contact if I have equipment questions?
  5. What do I do with broken glass?
  6. What are the BNC glove policies?
  7. How do I tell if a hood is designated as an acid/base/aqueous or solvent hood?
  8. What are the two classifications of liquid solvent waste?
  9. How do I process waste in Birck?
  10. What are the restrictions for hooking up to the process vacuum?

Cleanroom (C.R.)

  1. How do I get a storage bin in the C.R.?
  2. Can I have more than one storage bin?
  3. How Can I bring lab equipment and glassware into the C.R.?
  4. How do I bring samples into the C.R.?
  5. What materials are NOT allowed in the C.R.?
  6. Can I bring a cell phone or laptop into the C.R.?
  7. Can I wear headphones in the C.R.?
  8. How do I wear these C.R. hoods? (Which is the inside surface?)
  9. Which C.R. computers are available for my use?
  10. How do I log on to CORAL in the C.R.?
  11. What are the normal lab attendant hours?
  12. What kinds of transparency films can I use in the C.R.?

Safety

  1. What are the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements (labs and hoods)?
  2. If I violate a safety rule, what kinds of sanctions will I face?
  3. How do I gain access to a Laser lab?
  4. How do I gain access to a BioSafety Lab?
  5. How do I gain access to a X-Ray Diffraction Lab?

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General Questions

Q: Who do I contact if I'm having computer problems?
A: Given the complexity of supporting a multi-disciplinary unit such as the BNC, support for computing comes from various entities. The majority of computers in the building are maintained by the Engineering Computer Network (ECN), and they can be contacted via the Trouble Report link at: http://www.purdue.edu/ECN

However, there are several other entities involved in computer support at BNC, and a short list can be found at: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/help/customer/zone.cfm

If you need to contact the campus umbrella IT group (ITaP), various means are available, listed at: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/help/customer/index.cfm

Q: What is CORAL and who do I contact if I am having problems?
A: CORAL is the software system used within BNC for equipment billing and reservations. Information about obtaining a CORAL account can be found here: http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/Nanotechnology/coral.php and CORAL can be accessed via the BNC website www.nano.purdue.edu. If you have questions or problems when using CORAL, please email coral@ecn.purdue.edu for assistance.

Q: Can I get deliveries sent to Birck?
A: All deliveries to BNC must enter through the loading dock and be received by the mailroom. All chemicals & biological materials must be approved by the BNC Safety Manager and Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must accompany every order to be placed on file.

Q: How do I get an office assignment?
A: Jaime Turner: jjbiggs@purdue.edu (BRK 1027) handles all office assignments. For more information, please see this page.

Q: How do I get my computer to print on BNC printers?
A: Printing requires using one of the copiers:  ECN reports that a document is now in place that describes how to connect to the Canon printers (BRK1022, 3220, 128.210.51.245; BRK2020, 5570, 128.210.51.246; and BRK1220, 5570, 128.210.51.244).  Visit https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Support/KnowledgeBase/Docs/20051013092900.  Please note, printers at BRK have page accounting turned on, so you must know your access code in order to print via the printers listed above (see secretarial staff for assistance, if you don’t have a code).

Q: When & Where do I pick up my keys?
A: Keys and Birck IDs can be picked up in the BNC mailroom (BRK 1220) Monday, Wednesday, & Friday between 2-4PM.

Q: Where can I find the most up-to-date Policies & Procedures manual?
A: The BNC Operations Manual is posted at: /discoverypark/nanotechnology/facilities/operations.php. This is the most up to date set of policies for working in the Birck Nanotechnology Center as approved by BNC Policy & Procedure’s Committee. It is assumed that those who work at BNC have read and understood the BNC Policies and will adhere to the policies posted in this document.

Q: How do I know which staff member can help me with my problem?
A: Information and the responsibilities of the BNC Engineering Staff is available on the BNC Website: /discoverypark/nanotechnology/staff.php. If you are uncertain as to which staff member you should be talking to, feel free to email “bnc-engstaff@ecn.purdue.edu”. The BNC-EngStaff address goes out to all staff and the appropriate person will respond to your questions.

Q: Who can get access to the BNC Facilities?
A: Anyone who agrees to follow BNC polices and complete all required training. This includes members of the Purdue Community as well as outside users.


Labs

Q: How do I get supplies replenished in the laboratories?
A: Laboratory supplies /discoverypark/nanotechnology/facilities/chemicalordering.php are replentished by the BNC Procurement Officer. Please email Ira Young (icyoung@purdue.edu) to request supplies. Stocking requests require a 24 hour notice.

Q: What is the Procurement Officer's delivery schedule?
A: Typically the Procurement Officer delivers items on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Cleanroom deliveries in the morning
Laboratory deliveries in the afternoon

Q: Who do I go to for safety or chemical questions?
A: Safety and/or chemical handling questions can be directed to Steve Jurss, the BNC Safety Manager (sejurss@purdue.edu).

Q: Who do I contact if I have equipment questions?
A: Equipment questions can be directed to the staff member responsible for a given piece of equipment. Staff assignments can be viewed on the individual equipment pages (/discoverypark/nanotechnology/facilities/equipment-list.php). Alternatively, you can email: BNC-EngStaff@purdue.edu.

Q: What do I do with broken glass?
A: Broken glass should always be deposited in the appropriate waste container. Keep the safety of our custodial staff in mind and NEVER place broken glass or sharps in with the regular trash. Broken glass containers can be obtained from the BNC Procurement Officer. Small glass pieces, microscope slides, needles, glass pipets, etc should all be placed in a designated Sharps Container.

Q: What are the BNC glove policies?
A: If moving between labs, one hand must be bare to avoid contaminating non-research areas. Do not wear gloves when contacting door handles, house phones, etc.

There are four types of gloves commonly in use at Birck.

  1. Orange Chemical Resistant Gloves – These thick gloves can be used anywhere, but are specifically intended for acid handling within the hoods.
  2. Blue Nitrile Gloves – These tight fitting 8mil gloves are intended to provide minimal protection when working with dilute acids/bases/aqueous solutions on the bench top and to protect samples from finger prints/oil.
  3. Cream Latex Gloves – These tight fitting gloves may be used for solvent protection in the solvent hoods and as a biological barrier in the BioSafety Labs. These gloves do not provide appropriate protection against acids.
  4. Pink Vinyl Gloves – These powder free gloves are used in the BNC cleanroom and are intended to protect samples from fingerprints. These gloves do NOT provide chemical protection.

Q: How do I tell if a hood is designated as an acid/base/aqueous or solvent hood?
A: Every hood in Birck has posted sign indicating it’s status as either “acid/base/aqueous” or “solvent” hood. These signs remind you of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is required to work inside each hood.

Q: What are the two classifications of liquid solvent waste?
A: Solvent waste must be separated into two categories “Halogenated” and “Non-Halogenated”. As it’s name implies, halogenated solvent waste contains materials that with one or more halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine) in the molecular formula. Designations of the most commonly used solvents at Birck are posted inside the CR solvent hoods.

Q: How do I process waste in Birck?
A: SOLVENT WASTE: Use the appropriate 1-gallon waste jug for disposal of either halogenated or non-halogenated waste. Each user MUST indicate the volume of waste they have added to the container on the waste tag. Improperly labeled waste cannot be disposed of via standard channels and may result in increased lab fees. Full waste containers may be placed in the “pick-up” location within the cleanroom. Full waste containers in a laboratory should be reported to the BNC Procurement Officer for pick-up. Specialized waste containers will be provided for waste that does not fit into the standard waste stream.
ACID/BASE/AQUEOUS WASTE: Aqueous waste can be disposed of down the BNC drains, but must be accompanied by COPIOUS amounts of water. Any acid based solutions that are known environmental contaminants (e,g, chromic acid) must be collected for proper disposal.

Q: What are the restrictions for hooking up to the process vacuum?
A: The process vacuum supplied to the labs (“house vac” or “process vac”) is only intended for dry systems. NEVER attach the process vac to a solution for degassing. Moisture and vapors that are drawn into the process vac will damage the facility pumps and shut down this support capability for all of BNC. Please be cautious when hooking up to this system and contact one of the BNC Managers if you need assistance setting up a vapor trap.
Note: Any glassware or equipment that is used with the Process Vac must be shielded and/or explosion proof.


Cleanroom (C.R.)

Q: How do I get a storage bin in the C.R.?
A: Each cleanroom user is allotted one storage bin. To have a bin assigned for your use, contact the BNC-Training Coordinator: dhosler@purdue.edu.

Q: Can I have more than one storage bin?
A: If available, secondary storage bins are available for a monthly fee. Please contact the Training Coordinator: dhosler@purdue.edu for details.

Q: How Can I bring lab equipment and glassware into the C.R.?
A: All glassware and equipment intended for cleanroom use must be submitted to BRK 1222. The items will be wiped down by the staff before being placed in your cleanroom storage bin. Place all glassware, tweezers, equipment, etc in a box lableed with the name of the primary user as well as the appropriate storage bin number. Please allow 24-48 hours for glassware to be transferred into your bin.

Q: How do I bring samples into the C.R.?
A: Samples can enter the cleanroom via the gowning room. All sample holders must be thoroughly cleaned with IPA and cleanroom wipes after gowning.

Q: What materials are NOT allowed in the C.R.?
A: There are several common items that are not allowed in the cleanroom

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Kleenex
  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Cosmetics

If an electronic device (i.e. cell phone or laptop) is required for equipment installation or experimental use a waiver must be received from the Facility Manager (John Weaver).

Q: Can I bring a cell phone or laptop into the C.R.?
A: A cell phone may be used in the cleanroom as long as it remains inside the CR jumpsuit (this is required because of the difficulty of removing dirt and fingerprints from the key pad). Thus, to answer a personal cell phone while in the cleanroom, one must have an earpiece with remote answering capabilities, such that it can be answered without disturbing the CR garment.
Laptops are rarely allowed in the cleanroom except as required for installation of equipment. There are several public computers within the cleanroom with Internet access and USB connectors for transferring data between the CR and outside world.

Q: Can I wear headphones in the C.R.?
A: Although discouraged, headphones are allowed inside the cleanroom as long as they remain inside the jumpsuit. Users should be able to hear what is going on around them as well as listen for audible clues about the progress of their experiment/equipment. It is preferred that users keep on ear free of headphones while completing complex projects.

Q: How do I wear these C.R. hoods? (Which is the inside surface?)
A: Cleanroom hoods are typically packaged inside out. This is to allow the wearer to remove them from the bag without contaminating the surface with fingerprints/dirt/oil. If you are in doubt about which side of the hood is the inside, look for the label (printed or tag). The hood label always goes on the INSIDE of the garment.

Q: Which C.R. computers are available for my use?
A: All computers mounted along the main hallway are for general use. These machines can be accessed using an ECN account. The computers that are connected to instruments (AFM, profilometer, VB6, etc.) are reserved exclusively for those conducting an experiment on the associated instrument – please do not use instrument computers for personal use as you may be charged for the time.

Q: How do I log on to CORAL in the C.R.?
A: There are two computers in the cleanroom dedicated to CORAL use only. These workstations allow for fast log-in access and are located outside Chase L-K and Chase P-R. If a coral window is already open when you try to access the system, simply close or minimize the existing window. No data will be lost. Multiple windows may be open simultaneously for each user within the cleanroom.

Q: What are the normal lab attendant hours?
A: Lab Attendant Hours are typically:

  • 6PM – Midnight Monday-Friday
  • Noon – Midnight Saturday & Sunday

Outside these hours, all users must work in pairs for hazardous experiments (this includes access to a hood hazard zone and/or any work with toxic gases).

Q: What kinds of transparency films can I use in the C.R.?
A: Low quality transparency film may not be used as a subsititute for an optical mask within the BNC cleanroom. Only transparency films from Page Works are allowed and must be submitted for CR entry via BRK 1222. BNC offers a service to transfer any transparency mask to a chrome or iron-oxide optical plate for $30 (4?×4?) or $40 (5?×5?) (https://engineering.purdue.edu/NANO/Microfab)


Safety

Q: What are the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements (labs and hoods)?
A: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is taken very seriously at BNC. To enter a lab at Birck, all users must have the following
PPE:

  • Long Pants or an Ankle-Length Skirt
  • Closed Toed Shoes (no sandals, no flip-flops)
  • Eye Protection (glasses or safety-glasses)

If a user is entering a hood hazard zone or conducting experiments with elevated hazards, extra PPE is required.

  • Acid Hood = chemical resistance gloves, acid smock, full splash-proof goggles, face shield (for dealing with large quantities and/or pouring from a stock bottle).
  • Solvent Hood = solvent resistant latex gloves, lab coat, full splash-proof goggles.

Q: If I violate a safety rule, what kinds of sanctions will I face?
A: Generally, the /first violation/ will result in a formal, written warning. The /second violation/ will result in a suspension from lab. The duration of the lab suspension is based on the severity of the violation.

1. Non-Safety violations result in a one week suspension.
2. Safety violations will result in a two week suspension.

The /third violation/ will result in a suspension twice as long as the first and a /fourth violation/ will result in a one-semester suspension.

Please note: Suspensions are for all labs that the user has access to (not just the room in which the incident occurred). Furthermore, warnings are not violation specific (i.e. users do not receive separate warnings for wearing shorts in lab one day and sandals in lab at a later date) – all safety violations are classified the same way and only a single warning of careless behavior is issued.

If the user has repeated safety violations of similar nature demonstrating a general disregard for lab safety policies, the BNC Safety Team will meet to determine what measures will be taken.

The BNC Safety Team will meet on a regular basis and review all user suspensions to assure that the rules are being enforced on a fair and equitable basis.

Q: How do I gain access to a Laser lab?
A: Purdue University requires Laser Safety training to gain access to the labs in BNC with a Class 3B or 4 laser. Laser Safety training is offered through REM (http://www.purdue.edu/rem/home/files/training.htm).

Q: How do I gain access to a BioSafety Lab?

A: Purdue University requires BloodBorne Pathogen (BBP) training to gain access to the BSL2 labs in BNC. BBP training is offered monthly by Birck's BioSafety Officer (Lisa Reece) or through PUSH. Beyond BBP training, the BNC BioSafety labs have elevated online training (BNC-208) and mentoring requirements. Please contact the Birck BioSafety Officer for further information.

Q: How do I gain access to a X-Ray Diffraction Lab?
A: Purdue University requires Radiation Awareness training to gain access to the X-Ray Diffraction Labs in BNC. Radiation Awareness training is offered through REM (http://www.purdue.edu/rem/home/files/training.htm).

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