Affiliate Membership

Researchers from the private sector, national labs (including Sandia and Lawrence Livermore), and non-academic organizations are eligible for Affiliate membership. A yearly commitment is required for company or organization membership, with lab fees additional for each individual. Note that for Affiliates, UC Berkeley adds an overhead fee to all member charges except the annual membership fee. Please direct membership eligibility questions to Sharon Norris.

How to Become an Affiliate Member

  1. Evaluate the NanoLab capabilities. The NanoLab manuals, Processes, and CMOS Baseline are available on the NanoLab website.
  2. Apply for membership eligibility by meeting with NanoLab Operations Manager Dr. William Flounders, who will review the suitability of your projects for the lab facility. After acceptance as an Affiliate member, you may sign up for the orientation course.
  3. Attend the NanoLab Orientation Course, which is offered monthly. Register for the course by sending an e-mail with your name, company name or other non-academic affiliation description, supervisor, and contact phone numbers to Sharon Norris. You may also call 510-809-8600 office at 520 Sutardja Dai Hall.
  4. Complete the New Member Form given to you during the orientation class, and bring it in person to the NanoLab office, 520 Sutardja Dai Hall. Provide payment by a COA (Chart Of Accounts) for UC Berkeley, an IUT (Intra University Transfer) for LBL, or purchase-order equivalent from your sponsoring academic institution. Sharon Norris processes the purchase orders.
  5. Pass the NanoLab Orientation on-line safety test. After you submit your completed New Member Form, a computer account will be created within 24 hours. You will then receive e-mail instructions for taking the safety test. The test must be taken at a terminal in 520 Sutardja Dai Hall and is closed-book with fill-in and multiple-choice questions. Study the class handouts and other information on the NanoLab website.
  6. NanoLab Access. Once you pass the test, you will be automatically qualified to access the NanoLab. A request to add card key access to the NanoLab will be submitted to the Sutardja Daill Hall Building Manager.
  7. You must become qualified on each piece of equipment you use. Affiliate and academic lab members support each other by providing other lab members with training and testing in their areas of expertise. To become certified on a piece of lab equipment, you must pass any required written test as well as an oral testing conducted by a superuser of that equipment. NanoLab equipment manuals and procedures are online for study.


Annual Affiliate Membership Fee

Effective June 25, 2018

Employees per Member Company

Annual Affiliate Fee

FY 2018/19

1 employee


2 employees


3 employees


4 employees


5 employees


6 employees


BSAC, CITRIS Foundry member and LBL Cyclotron Road companies receive a $6,500 discount for the first employee.

UC overhead charge does not apply to annual membership fee.


Affiliate Lab Recharge Rates

Effective June 25, 2018

Lab Use and Equipment Use Fees

FY 2018/19

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: 59% Charged on all usage fees, but not on the annual membership fee.