Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility

INRF & BiON Users,

In order to ensure safety to all persons, equipment, and research samples it is important for everyone to ensure the Forged system is accurate with the log ins of the facility, wet process benches, and tools.
Please continue to be diligent about having Forged reflect accurately when you are in and out of the lab (BiON & INRF), as well as accurate to when you are using equipment and using those wet processing benches that require it as well.
Management has decided that going forward, failure to do so will result in a penalty fee of three times (3x) the cost of standard use.
Reminder: For etchers, users must remain signed into the tool when running the required post-process chamber O2 cleans

INRF & BiON  Users and Affiliates,

This years’ mandatory All Hands meeting  will be held on Wednesday, June 28th 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Calit2 Auditorium.  Please see the attached flyer for the event here: 2017 All Hands Flyer

A pizza lunch for all attendees to the meeting will follow afterwards starting at approximately 11:30AM.

The INRF and BiON annual All Hands meeting is a chance for all affiliates of the facilities to come and hear about the latest news and updates found within our labs.  This event will include short presentations from collaborating industry partners that bring with them exciting opportunities housed in our clean rooms.  New and exciting equipment and/or process technologies recently installed or coming soon into the lab spaces will also be presented.  EH&S will also present and discuss relevant safety information that will serve invaluable to all users.  This event is mandatory for all Users in the facility.

Please RSVP to and in the subject line please use “RSVP All Hands”.

Thank You,

INRF Staff

All INRF and BiON Users,

Reminder: Both INRF and BiON lab entrances are now done through the Forged System via Chrome

All equipment in both the INRF and BiON are also now operated through the Forged System via Chrome.

*There should be no more instances of the past Legacy System in operation, either for tools or for Lab Log in.

Please do NOT start playing around with netbooks or computers looking for the Legacy System or changing computer settings.

Please do NOT access the Latch System.

Please do NOT modify hardware (cables, latch boxes, etc).

Please only use the Chrome browser and the Forged website on lab computers and netbooks.

Everything is now universally done through the Forged System via Chrome.

If you have an issue with Forged system operation, please first check that your User Profile is fully complete, updated, and accurate. Then once that is verified contact staff for assistance vs. trying to change things yourself.

While we’re on the topic of Forged: Occasionally there may be rare internet disconnects (none have been reported today), and may find a computer with the internet disconnected logo shown below.

If you find that this is the case, please Right Click on the wireless and “Disconnect”. After waiting a few seconds, you can Right Click again and “Connect”.

Notice to Users using HF:
We are seeing an increased usage of 48% HF being used.  All 48% HF must be processed in Teflon containers not poly Styrofoam and in addition these containers must be in a secondary container so as to keep the entire system and process in double containment.
The INRF does not provide Teflon containers so users must provide their own.
INRF Staff

There have been multiple incidents of hotplates spontaneously heating in the OFF position leading to fires and explosions. Hotplates purchased prior to 1984 do not have temperature feedback controls, in particular the models Corning PC-35, PC-351, and the Thermolyne Model SP46925. Such older models can spontaneously heat with the heater dial in the OFF position.

Contact EH&S if you have a Corning PC-35/PC-351 or Thermolyne Model Sp46925 hot plates in your laboratory and would like to receive a FREE Corning Digital Display Stirring Hotplate replacement.

Safety Criteria For A Safer Laboratory Hot Plate
– Grounded unit
– Power indicator
– Hot top warning
– Direct temperature reading
– Detachable/replaceable power cord
– Independent temperature control units which switch off in case of an over temperature
– Optional connection for sample temperature probe/controller

See Flyer for more details

Hot Plate Replacement Flyer


Due to the newly waxed floors, the BION is very slippery. For the time being we have replaced the blue disposable shoe covers with white ones with a little more traction. There is limited quantities of these so please reuse them. Things should be back to normal in a week or so. In the meantime please be careful.

Due to the recent waxing in the BION the floors are more slippery than normal.  The coverall booties offer a little more traction than the disposable ones so if you are concerned please see Ryan in the INRF and he can issue you a pair. Please be careful. Thanks

Lab staff will be reorganizing and cleaning up the chemicals throughout the INRF and BION (benches, cabinets, & so on…). All chemicals should be labeled and updated with the name, group, expiration data and any other necessary information.  Any chemicals expired or without clearly updated information will be disposed of after Monday (3/13/2017). Pass this along to your lab mates.

TSS is here re-certifying the benches in the wet process room and they will be off limits until they are complete. They should be completed by 12pm tomorrow.

Please come by today and put away any chemicals left on the bench tops as Jake will be removing them tonight as he prepares the lab for the Holiday break.