NCNC provides free training for lab members in order to fabricate devices both safely and effectively. Our training environment is relaxed but provides an extensive and thorough understanding of implemented engineering controls as well as the hazards, how to avoid them, and how to mitigate them.
Each lab member will be trained in protocols regarding lab entry, chemical storage, disposal of materials, limiting exposure and personal protective equipment (PPE) as described in the chemical hygiene plan. Lab members must also take additional training in order to handle extremely hazardous chemicals such as concentrated acids, oxidizers, and toxins. Supplementary and refresher training is also available, and well utilized by many lab members.
In order to gain access into the cleanroom, users are required to take and pass a short test on our documented rules, safety protocols, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Please read the following documents for the content of this test:
Listed in general SOPs:
Current SOPs: Available chemicals provided by NCNC
Acetic Acid | Ammonium Fluoride | Ammonium Hydroxide | BOE | Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) | Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) | Hydrogen Peroxide | Nitric Acid | Phosphoric Acid | Potassium Hydroxide | Sulphuric Acid
Current SOPs: Common chemical mixtures
The chemicals used in the Northern California Nanotechnology Center are extremely hazardous. Table 1 below lists some of the more common chemicals used in the lab and their concentrations.
|Acids and Oxidizers||Hydrofluoric Acid (HF)||49%|
These concentrations, necessary for microfabrication, are much higher than those found in conventional undergraduate chemistry labs. Many of these chemicals can cause severe damage to human tissue. Therefore, you must be alert and cautious when using these chemicals to avoid all contact with them. When you follow the safety procedures below, your risk of injury will be small. Tables 2 and 3 below show some common corrosive and flammable chemicals, respectively, used in the lab.
|Buffered Oxide Etch; (BOE)|
Bringing Chemicals into the Lab
The person (or persons) bringing a new chemical substance into the lab must provide the following to NCNC Staff:
- A current Material Safety Data Sheet for the chemical (the only exception is when the chemical substance has been specifically synthesized for a research project);
- A completed Microfabrication Chemical Substance Tracking Form which contains:
- where the chemical will be stored,
- how and in what areas it will be used,
- what waste products will be created by the process,
- how the chemical and waste products will be stored, and removed from the facility.
Within 24 hours, NCNC Staff will approve the chemical’s introduction to the facility, or schedule a meeting to clarify remaining issues. Once safety issues have been addressed to the satisfaction of the user and the facility manager, the chemical can be brought in.