NMCF Instrument Training

Users need to complete NMCF safety and instrument specific training prior to independent usage.


General and instrument specific safety training is required for all users prior to instrument usage. Students and researchers are then instructed by an NMCF instrument specialist for several sessions, cumulating in a "driver's test" that must be passed before utilizing the equipment independently. Successful completion of a "driver's test" with the instrument specialist is required, allowing the user access to the instrument, the instrument calendar, instrument room, and NMCF email list.

Safety and careful instrumentation usage are paramount; NMCF reserves the right to revoke instrument access if safety interlocks are overridden, instruments are damaged, or scheduling is abused.

Safety Training

All users need to complete the required online EHS Chemical Safety and Waste Module for Researcher Personnel and Students prior to any instrument training. This training must be retaken on a yearly basis.

The online EHS training module can be found HERE.

Additional supplementary safety modules for X-ray emitting equipment will be required.

Training Videos

Instrument training modules created for a number of NMCF instruments/analysis techniques are available on video.

 

Instrument Specific Training Information

 

Instrument

Contact

Typical Training Time and Information

Themis S/TEM

(WH B013, B011)

Helge Heinrich
Richard White

1 session (3 hours + previous training on Titian TEM) + driver's test (3 hours)

Titan S/TEM

(MSB 158)

Helge Heinrich
Richard White
 4 sessions (3 hours); add'l training required: EELS and STEM
Quanta 650 FE-SEM

(WH B003)

Richard White
Joe Thompson
 4 Sessions (2 hours) + driver's test (2 hours);
add'l training for quantitative EDS (2 hour) and EBSD (2 hour + driver's test)
Quanta 200 LV-SEM

(MSB 139)

Richard White
Joe Thompson
 1 session (1 hour + previous training on the Quanta 650 FE-SEM)
Helios FIB

(WH B001)

Helge Heinrich
Richard White
2 sessions ( 2 hours + previous training on Quanta 650 FE-SEM)
OR  3 sessions (2 hours w/ no previous training) + driver's test (2 hours)
Empyrean XRD

(MSB 108)

Diane Dickie
1 session (2 hour incl. driver's test)*
X'Pert Pro XRD

(MSB 108)

Diane Dickie
1 session (2 hour incl. driver's test)*
SmartLab XRD

(MSB 108)

Diane Dickie
1 session (2 hour incl. driver's test)*
Xradia XCT

(MSB 108)

Diane Dickie
T.B.D.****
Epsilon3x XRF

(MSB 108)

Cathy Dukes
Helge Heinrich
1 session (2 hour)  + driver's test (1 hour)**
Versaprobe XPS

(MSB 148)

Cathy Dukes
Helge Heinrich
2 session (3 hours each) + driver's test (3 hours);
add'l training for AR-XPS; mapping & line scans; Hot/Cold Stage; Prep/Reaction Chamber Use***
Renishaw Raman

(MSB 262)

Joe Thompson
1 session  (2 hours) + 1 driver's test (1 hour)
Bruker AFM

(MSB 262)

Joe Thompson
2 sessions  (2 hours) + 1 driver's test (1 hour)
Zygo Profilometer

(WH B001)

Joe Thompson
Richard White
1 session  (2 hours) + 1 driver's test (1 hour)
Hirox Microscope

(MSB 139)

Joe Thompson
 Richard White
1 session  (2 hours) + 1 driver's test (1 hour)

 

* Supplementary XRD X-ray Safety Training is required

** Supplementary XRF X-ray Safety Training is required

*** Supplementary XPS X-ray Safety Training is required

****Supplementary XCT X-ray Safety Training is required