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How businesses can interact with the staff, resources and facilities of the Utah Nanofab, including the cleanroom “machine shop of the future,” and the analytical and imaging instruments.

(for more traditional shop and prototyping approaches please see the tools available at the USTAR Innovation Center)

What We Provide:

Cleanroom:  thin film deposition and photolithographic patterning tools and expertise, to develop and prototype micromachined devices for nanophotonic, microfluidic, photovoltaic, biosensing, bio-implantable, micromechanical, or similar applications.

nano-Scale Imaging and Surface Analysis: imaging and compositional analysis at multiple dimensional scales and in multiple imaging modes, including optical, x-ray, electron and ion.  Our instruments each have acronyms that together look like alphabet soup, so please contact us to discuss the application question you have, and then we will tell you whether our suite of complementary instruments can help you.  Or else we will attempt to refer you to other capabilities that are better suited to your application.

Our Approach:

We DON’T want your IP

We DO want to support your success

Tell us what we need to know to support your development or failure analysis efforts. We are here to help you.

Our Pricing:

Effective July 1st, 2017, the Utah Nanofab and Surface Analysis Labs implemented new billing rates.

On-Campus rates are subsidized by the Dean, College of Engineering and the University Vice President for Research. Rates for off-campus entities may be subsidized by application to USTAR.

In addition, USTAR are now entertaining proposals for businesses and non-UofU academics wishing to access the Preliminary Data Seed Fund in order to use the Utah Nanofab in the months preceding a funding proposal due date.  The purpose is to enrich the proposal with real data and real images to make the grant writing process more effective and bring new funded research projects to Utah.
Please call us for an explanation of how our pricing structure typically translates to getting you your results.

A note on tool use pricing: Our purpose is not to compete with companies providing prototyping or analytical services. Among the missions of the facility is a State-chartered role to support Utah and regional companies that need access to complementary tools/instruments and the associated customized infrastructure and support expertise. These are extraordinarily expensive in both up-front capital cost, and also in on-going operations cost. USTAR envisioned this facility to support research in the educational environment, but also intended to give a leg-up to the small Utah companies competing nation- and world-wide. Our rates are comparable to other similar facilities and are heavily subsidized to cover the costs of operation and maintenance.

Who to Contact:

Ian Harvey
Associate Director
Nanofab Cleanroom and Surface Analysis & nano-scale Imaging
2511 SMBB
(801) 585-6162
irharvey@eng.utah.edu
Brian Baker
Staff Process Engineer
1280 MEB
(801) 587-1291
bbaker@eng.utah.edu
Amy Vanroosendaal
Administrative Officer
2515 SMBB
(801) 587-0676
amy.vanroosendaal@utah.edu

 How to access our facilities:

  1. Easiest and fastest path to Analytical and Imaging instruments: Call us to arrange a discussion of what you are looking for. We reserve the tool.  We get you the information. You pay with a credit card. Tell us enough about your project so that we can help you with accurate image and data interpretation.
  2. Longer-term projects such as fabrication or regular imaging jobs options: If you are building something with us, we recommend a process review in which you interact with our staff to determine the best means of accomplishing your goals.
    1. Create an open P.O. or set up a credit card. We do the work as-needed. Give us a call.
    2. Ask us to train your employees. We are a 24/7 facility. Your people reserve and rent tool time through a handheld device, or remotely check for immediate tool availability, and come get the work done.
    3. You hire one of our students. They are on-campus and work 15-20 hrs per week for you, in the cleanroom or on the analytical imaging tools or both. They interface with you as-needed, and otherwise work with our staff to ensure your/their questions are answered how to provide you with the proper devices or data or image information.
  3. R&D development projects
    1. For task-driven projects, these are easily managed by you and funded through a “sponsored project”, billed hourly and customized to need. Give us a call.
    2. For milestone- and deliverables-driven projects, we refer you to our sister organization, the Center for Engineering Innovation, which provides direct engineering support and program management, and can create contracts with fixed fee pricing for deliverables. CEI have direct access to all Nanofab tools. CEI are familiar with the techniques and work together with Nanofab staff to constantly keep each other apprised of new approaches. But CEI also have access to other resources off-campus and through connections at Fraunhofer, in order to greatly multiply the number of physical and expert resources brought to bear on a given project.