Eligibility For Affiliate Membership.

Researchers from the private sector, national labs (including Sandia and Lawrence Livermore), and non-academic organizations are eligible for Affiliate membership. Annual capacity fee is required, with lab fees additional for each individual. Capacity and Lab fees are invoiced monthly. Note that for Affiliates, an overhead fee is added to all member charges except the annual capacity fee. Please direct membership eligibility questions to Sharon Norris (sharon_n at berkeley.edu)

To become a NanoLab member, complete the 6 steps below. Your lab membership begins once you pass the NanoLab Safety Test. You will then be automatically qualified to access the NanoLab. A UCPD issued card-key will be assigned to you for card-key access to the Sutardja Dai Hall building and the Nanofabrication Laboratory 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.



Evaluate the NanoLab capabilities. The NanoLab Equipment, Process, and Process Specification Manuals are available for review on the NanoLab website.

Determine eligibility by discussing proposed research and laboratory needs with NanoLab Executive Director Bill Flounders (bill at eecs.berkeley.edu), who will review the compatibility of your project with the NanoLab's capabilities. Once your proposed research is approved you may apply for lab membership.

Industry researchers not currently affiliated with UC Berkeley must abide by the guidelines set with the Contract agreement. The contract agreement includes: Contract Template, COVID-19 Addendum, Schedule A (Scope of Work), Schedule B (user agreement), and the Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risks Form. Note that the template agreement is an already approved university contract which enables expedited access to the NanoLab. Requests for revision to the contract require review by University General Counsel and will result in extended delay of your ability to access the lab.

The UC Regents requires Liability Insurance coverage for all users of the lab. Insurance guidelines and a sample insurance certificate are available here. Any questions about the contract agreement process, please e-mail Eric Chu (echu711 at berkeley.edu)

When you are ready to activate your NanoLab account, the company employee(s) that will work in the lab must each complete and sign New Member Form. The form must include a purchase order number, contact information and signature of your company's authorized billing administrator.

Submit the completed form to adminstaff@silicon.eecs.berkeley.edu.

1. Complete the NanoLab Virtual Orientation.NOTE: You may save your progress as you complete each section of the orientation. After you have completed all sections, at the very end you must ‘Submit’ the google form for the system to successfully record (date and time stamp) that you have completed the orientation.

All new Affiliate members are required to complete the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) trainings EHS101 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety and EHS207 UCB Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19. Links to both trainings are noted below.

Be sure to create completion certificates for each training, screen grab and save (pdf, jpg, or png file) both certificates. Once your NanoLab membership is active, you will need to upload each certificate to MercuryWeb as proof of completion and for facility access.

After you submit all the training documentation and the New Member Form, you will receive an email inviting you to the NanoLab Front Office at 520 Sutardja Dai Hall to finalize account activation. You must bring valid photo identification (preferably your Cal 1 Card). Once identity is verified, the Computer Systems Manager, Olek Proskurowski will assist you to set up password and initial log in. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00-12:00PM and 1:00-5:00PM (closed during the lunch hour).

You will also need to complete a 1-hour in-person Safety Tour with a NanoLab Process Engineer. A staff member from the Process Engineering team will be in touch to set up a time. To minimize trips to the office you are encouraged to finalize your account activation and arrange for the safety tour on the same day.

Along with the UC Berkeley’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety requirements, all new members are required to pass the online NanoLab Safety Test.

    1. NanoLab Safety Test - Read the NanoLab Chemical Hygiene Plan- Chapter 1.1 of the NanoLab Equipment Manual. This online test takes approximately 1-hour. You can take the test right after setting up your password, by using one of the available computer terminals at the front office or any time by logging into MercuryWeb from any computer. Once you pass the NanoLab Safety Test, your NanoLab Membership will be active. Billing is on a 30-day cycle and begins on the 25th of each month.

    2. Upload EHS101 and EHS207 completion certificates - Log into MercuryWeb, go to the Tests and Quizzes section, in the ‘Online Test/Quiz’ text box enter "ehs101". The test contains 1 question, which is to "Upload Document". Upload your EHS101 training verification certificate. Repeat these steps to upload your "ehs207" certificate.

All new occupants of Sutardja Dai Hall must be familiar with the Sutardja Dai Hall Building Emergency Plan (BEP) and the CITRIS Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP).


Affiliate Member Capacity Fee (rate)

Effective June 25, 2021

Employees per Member Company

Annual AMCF

FY 2022

1 employee


2 employees


3 employees


4 employees


5 employees


6 employees



Current BSAC, CITRIS Foundry, Skydeck, and LBL Cyclotron Road companies receive a $6,500 discount for the first employee. This discount does not apply to former or alumni members of these groups.

UC overhead charge does not apply to annual AMCF.


Affiliate Lab Recharge Rates

Effective June 25, 2021

Lab Use and Equipment Use Fees

FY 2022

Lab Access Fee/Month


General Lab Rate Use/Hour

General Lab Rate Max/Month



Tier 1 Special Equipment Rate Use/Hour


Tier 2 Special Equipment Rate Use/Hour


Tier 3 DUV and E-beam Nanolithography,
High Performance SEM/Hour




Staff Services/Hour



UC Overhead Fee: 60.5% Charged on all usage fees, but not on the annual capacity fee.