Facility User Education

Dr. Raluca Gearba
Phone: 512-232-3695
E-mail: gearba@austin.utexas.edu

 

The FNT building is home to a wide variety of state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization equipment. This specialized equipment is available to all interested parties after successful completion of a hands-on facility user education class. Registration for all of the CNM facility user education classes is available online through the TX Class system. In order to enroll in these classes one needs an UT EID number. Persons not associated with the University of Texas System may obtain a UT EID number by clicking here. Click on one of the courses listed below to signup for the CNM facility user education classes you would like to take.

Click on the Course Number to find out the next available class. If no classes are posted please contact Dr. Raluca Gearba. Classes will be scheduled within the next 48-72 hours after the request is received.

Here is a list of current CNM facility user education courses:

Course Number
Course Title
Class Hours
Comments
NT201
General Clean Room Procedure for FNT This class will provide the student with an overview of the FNT clean room and practices. We will cover gowning and entry, allowed items, clean room protocol and safety practices to be followed inside the clean room. This course is a necessary prerequisite for entry into the FNT clean room and for the usage of any other shared instrumentation inside the cleanroom. Experience in another cleanroom will not substitute for this class.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT20
Solar Cell Testing Glovebox  This course is designed to teach the student how to measure solar cells device efficiency using the setup installed into the MBraun glovebox. Both I-V and EQE measurements will be demonstrated.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT203 FEI SEM/FIB Dual Beam This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the FEI SEM/FIB located in the FNT building.  It includes information on operating the electron microscopy and the ion beam portions of the instrument.
The use of the Zyvex nanomipulator and the Omniprobe FIB Gas Injection system is taught separately upon request free of charge. The Omniprobe system is capable of depositing up to 4 materials simultaneously using electron or ion beam assisted deposition.
4.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT204 Photolithography This course is designed to teach the student the basics of the photolithography equipment located in the FNT clean room.  Specifically students will learn how to operate the Suss MA6 Mask Aligner. The course also includes the use of a  spin coater and optical inspection scope.  Students will be provided with facility user education samples.
3.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT205 Electron Beam Lithography This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Raith 50 electron beam lithography system located in the FNT clean room.  This class will include: focusing and stigmating the electron optics, writefield alignment, e-beam resist development and electron scattering. Students will be provided with facility user education samples. THE SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY DOWN AND NO CLASSES ARE OFFERED AT THIS TIME.
4.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT209 Thin Film Deposition This course is designed to teach the student how to deposit thin films of materials (usually metals) on the CNM shared equipment in the FNT building.  Deposition techniques include: thermal vapor deposition, e-beam sputtering, and rf magnetron plasma sputtering.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT210 AMOD thin film deposition This course is designed to teach the student how to deposit thin films of materials (metals or organics) using the AMOD PVD system in  the cleanroom.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
Oxford ICP Deposition and Etching This course will demonstrate the principles and operation of the Oxford Plasmalab 80+ located in the FNT clean room. We will cover both deposition and etching. The unit is currently configured to deposit: a-Si, silicon oxide, silicon nitride, and silicon oxynitride. The etching mode can be done with either the Bosch or cryogenic methods.
4.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
Training scheduled upon request KVS Langmuir Blodgett Assembly and Deposition System
Laurell Technologies Spincoater
Specialty Coating Systems Spincoater.

Denton Thermal Deposition-#2
Contact Angle Goniometer
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
Training scheduled upon request Hirox 3d Video Microscope
Zeiss Axioscope 2 MAT Optical Microscope
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT203
Training scheduled upon request West Bond Wire Bonder
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT220 Zygo Interferometer This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Zygo Interferometer located in the CNM cleanroom.  The course covers data acquisition as well as basic data analysis.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201 NT201
NT221 Agilent Atomic Force Microscopy This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Agilent 5500 atomic force microscope in the FNT building.  Topics covered will include sample mounting, tapping mode AFM and image processing. Students will be provided with facility user education samples.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT222 Asylum Atomic Force Microscopy This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Asylum MFP-3D Atomic Force Microscope in the FNT building.  Topics covered will include sample mounting, tip mounting and alignment, tapping mode AFM and image processing. Students will be provided with facility user education samples.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT223 Profilometer This course is designed to teach the student how to use the Dektak 6M Stylus Profilometer located in the FNT clean room.  The course covers film step height measurements using facility user education samples and data analysis.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT224 Flourimeter Facility User Education This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the CNM fluorimeter located in the FNT building.   Items covered will include: instrument calibration, emission scans, excitation scans, and data interpretation.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT225 Lifetime measurements This course is designed to teach the student how to perform Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC) measurements using the Horiba Fluorolog 3.  Both fluorescence and phosphorescence lifetime measurements will be covered.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201 NT224
NT226 Ambient STM (RHK 300 ATM) This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the RHK ambient STM FNT building. Topics covered will include sample mounting, STM image acquisition, scanning tunneling spectroscopy and image processing. Students will be provided with training samples. The STM tip will only be installed by CNM staff
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT227 Electrical Characterization This course is designed to teach the student proper use of the CNM electrical characterization equipment located in the FNT building.  We have a Keithley and two Agilent parametric analyzers and two Suss probe stations for making electrical measurements.  Additionally one can also use the Zyvex nanomanipulator as an ultra small probe station.  Students wishing to connect electrical characterization equipment to the Zyvex nanomanipulator must take this course as well as NT 203 and NT 213.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT228 Cary UV-Vis This course will explain how to operate the Cary UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer located in the FNT building. This instrument is a dual beam instrument that can scan from 175 to 3300 nm. Both transmission and reflectance modes are possible.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
OH101 OH201
NT230 Reactive Ion Etching This course is designed to teach the student how to use plasma etching and deposition equipment located in the FNT building.  Specifically the March 1701 reactive ion etcher will be discussed.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT231 Ellipsometry This course is designed to teach the student how to use the J. A. Woollam spectroscopic ellipsometer located in the FNT clean room.  Specific topics include: sample alignment, data acquisition, optical model construction and finally regression analysis to adjust model to reflect collected data.
1.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT233 Dicing Saw This course is designed to teach the student how to use the CNM Dicing Saw located within the FNT clean room. Specifically we have a Disco 321 dicing saw capable of handling up to 6 inch wafers.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201
NT250
Dimatix Materials Printer This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the FUJIFILM DMP-2800 Dimatix Materials Printer located in the CNM cleanroom.  The course covers ink optimization, pattern creation, and multilayer alignment procedures.
2.00
Class Prerequisites:
NT201

 

If a class is full, you may sign up on the waitlist. If someone drops out of the class, you will automatically be informed of your promotion.

You may also show up for the class if you are on the waitlist, but you will not be able to attend if all registered students/participants are in attendance.

  • Please show up for the class on time, if you are late you might lose your seat to persons on the waitlist.

It is your responsibility to make sure you get trained for equipment that you would like to use. You are only authorized to use equipment for which you have completed the appropriate facility user education class.