Getting Started

Easy Access to World-Class Resources

The Singh Center supports nanotechnology innovation by providing easily accessible fabrication, characterization and measurement of nanomaterials and devices in the heart of Philadelphia under one roof for scientists and researchers. The Singh Center for Nanotechnology houses three (3) core facilities for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, which are managed by our expert staff to train users on our instrumentation and tools:

  1. Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility (cleanroom),
  2. Nanoscale Characterization Facility (electron microscopes and ion beam), and the
  3. Scanning and Local Probe Facility (AFM, STM, confocal microscopy and local probe station).

Please follow the instructions below on how to reach the appropriate facility staff to discuss your project. Applicants must receive staff approval before requesting access to the Center.

Access to the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility (QNF)

To gain access to the QNF cleanroom go to Access to the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility

Access to Nanoscale Characterization Facility (NCF) and Scanning and Local Probe (SLPF)

  1. Contact the facility to discuss project feasibility and for design assistance.
  2. Once your project has been approved, submit an access request.
    • For external users, you may need to complete an external user agreement if one does not already exist for your organization. 
    • You do not need to submit another access request if you have previously submitted an access request unless you are an internal user and need to submit a new 26-digit budget code to create a new project.
    • Required Signatures: A form will be sent via DocuSign for signature by our user admin.
      • Internal Users: Your PI and Grants Manager must sign the document and provide a 26-digit budget code for billing purposes.
      • External Users: A PI signature and invoicing contact information is only needed.
  3. Receive training on equipment.

Access to the Property Measurement Facility

Contact to discuss project feasibility and for design assistance.