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Become an NSL User

Only certified persons are allowed to use the research equipment and facilities at NSL. There are several things users need to do before they are given access to the labs. All new users must complete steps 1-3 (and step 4 for those planning to perform chemical operations at NSL.)

1. Submit Your User Form

Every user must complete the user form and submit it to nanosystemslaboratory@osu.edu. Internal users (OSU users) must fill the erequest number under the chartfield section of the user form. Failure to provide an erequest number for the associated chartfield may delay processing of the user form.

If your PI has no other students currently using NSL facilities, they will need to submit a PI form in addition to your user form. PIs do not need to resubmit this form if another one of their students wants to become an NSL user.

If you are an external user (non-OSU), please fill out the external user form.

If you want to be trained on multiple instruments, you only need to submit one user form.

2. Complete Online Trainings

All users are required to complete online safety trainings from the OSU Office of Environmental Health and Safety Website. You can log in with your OSU username and password. The required courses are:

  1. Chemical Safety
  2. Chemical Spill Cleanup
  3. Electrical Safety
  4. Fume Hood Safety
  5. Hazard Communication
  6. Lab Standard Training
  7. Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP)
  8. Personal Protective Equipment
  9. Hydrofluoric Acid
  10. Laser Safety
  11. Radiation Safety Short Course

To access the trainings on the EHS website, go to your training homepage and select an area from the drop down list at the bottom. Once you select an area, a new drop down menu should appear to the right. The actual training courses are listed here. All of NSL's required trainings can be found in the Research Safety area and the Occupational Health & Safety area.

In the upper right of your training page on the website, you can download a pdf of your training report. Please submit a training report with the above trainings completed to nanosystemslaboratory@osu.edu.

3. Schedule Instrument Training

Before being granted access to equipment, users must be trained and certified by a member of our staff. Contact the appropriate training contact listed below to schedule training.


Training Contact

Atomic Force/Magnetic Force Microscopes (AFM/MFM)
Diamond Chemical Vapor Deposition System (CVD)
SQUID Magnetometer
Zeiss Optical Microscope
Camelia Selcu
All other instruments Denis Pelekhov*

*Contact nanosystemslaboratory@osu.edu to schedule training with Denis Pelekhov

4. Clean Room Users

This step is necessary if you plan to perform a chemical procedure within the clean room or if you want to be trained on the Maskless Aligner.

Those who plan to perform chemical procedures in the NSL clean room or who wish to be trained on the Maskless Aligner will need to complete a safe operating procedure (SOP) write-up detailing the chemical operation to be performed. Please use this SOP form.

Please submit the completed SOP via email to nanosystemslaboratory@osu.edu. The write-up cannot be copied from another user.