Policies and Procedures

The nanofab lab charges a Facility fee as well as an equipment fee.
Cleanroom fee:
Penn Users: $35/hour
External Academic: $35/hour
Government: $35/hour
Industrial: $70/hour
Laser/soft lithography area fee:
Penn Users: $15/hour
External Academic: $15/hour
Government: $15/hour
Industrial: $45/hour

Tool fees: Please see: iris.nano.upenn.edu

As of July 1, 2021, the internal and external academic rate policy caps usage (both door/lab and tool charges) in the cleanroom/soft lithography to $6000 per semester (July-Dec and Jan-Jun) per user. After this cap has been reached, a user can incur an additional $30k in charges without incurring any cost to their PI. Afterward, the regular academic rate is applied for additional charges that exceed the $36,000 threshold and will be invoiced accordingly.  This cap resets every semester.

There is no cap structure for industrial users.

  • Users must wear face shields at all wet benches.
  • Users must wear full personal protective equipment (apron, face shield, and heavy gloves) in the wet processing bay.
  • Users may not replace gas bottles.
  • Please evacuate the Facility if any alarms go off.
  • If the chemical you wish to use is not already approved please contact the Facility director.
  • Please provide an electronic MSDS with your request.
  • Please place the request in advance of the intended use date (please allow 2-3 weeks for request processing).
  • Requests for chemicals with proprietary compositions or chemicals that are subject to export restrictions will take longer to process.
  • Please feel free to inquire about the status of your request.
  • Some chemicals may be deemed too hazardous and may not be approved.
  • Please do not order the chemical without permission from the Facility director.