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Here you can find everything you need to know about working in the IFAB. Information and sign-up calendars for equipment and workstations can be found on this page.

The University of Virginia's IFAB Facility resides in the bottom floor of C and E wings in Thornton Hall. The 17,500 ft2 IFAB  was created from investments by UVa and SEAS of more than $15M to renovate and expand the original UVa Microfabrication Laboratories (UVML), of $10M in Strategic Investment Funding (SIF) to the Multifunctional Materials Initiative (MMI), $3M  in SIF funding to the Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing and $3M in additional ETF equipment funds. The  renovation of the IFAB was completed in early 2021 and the facility opened in May 2021.  The IFAB is a cost-share facility open to all users across the different Schools at UVa as well as external users. 


Please contact CLICK HERE  to contact Barry Baber (Facility Manager) and Arthur Lichtenberger (Facility Director) if you are interested in joining IFAB or would like more information. Many of the below links will not work until you have contacted us and we have added you as an IFAB user.



New and Existing User Safety Certification and Requirements

IFAB Equipment Training and Materials Fees

FAB charges a set fee for training users on major equipment tools (CLICK HERE for further details). IFAB does not charge a monthly entrance fee if you are being trained and you are not using the facility for your work. IFAB also charges for precious metals, liquid nitrogen use, wafer and other expensive suppy items.  Please contact Barry Baber (Facility Manager) for further details.  (For staff only:  STAFF MATERIALS-OTHER FEE SHEET  &  STAFF TRAINING FEE SHEET )



IFAB Daily Master Sign-Up Calendar

To enter the IFAB cleanroom, one must sign into the DAILY MASTER SIGN-UP CALENDAR each day. Do NOT Sign Into to the  Daily Master calendar for future days.  There are also (see the section below) individual Sign-Up calendars for the major iequipment and processing stations. Only IFAB users have access to Sing-Up calendars through the IFAB Microsoft Team/SharePoint membership. Additionally, only users approved to use a given piece of equipment should Sign-Up to use that equipment.  There are computers inside the cleanroom dedicated for Daily MAster and Equipment-Station Sign-Up



IFAB Fees and Equipment Sign-Up Calendars


    IFAB Monthly Entrance Fees

IFAB operates with a combination of a base monthly user Entrance-Fee along with hourly equipment rates on select equipment.  IFAB currently offers a single Full Facility Entrance Fee that allows users access to both Microfabrication and BioManufacturing. IFAB also offers a BioManufacturing ONLY Entrance-Fee. Users must recieve a Microfabrication Facility & Safety tour before they can access the Microfabrication equipment-stations, and receive a BioManufacturing Facility & Safety tour before accessing BioManufacturing equipment-stations. 

→ All users must enter a Funding Account number (or "No Use") in the IFAB Monthly Entrance Fee system every month (external users should enter their name an institution)

        Full Facility (Microfab+BioM) Entrance Fees 

        BioManufacturing Monthly Entrance Fees 



    IFAB Equipment Fees and Sign-Up Calendars

All users must use the IFAB equipment/station Reservation Calendar system. Please access these systems through the below two links.

        BioManufacuing Equipment Fees and Sign-Up Reservation Calendars 

        Microfabrication Equipment Fees and Sign-Up Reservation Calendars