Lab Access & Fee Structure
The Intellectual Property (IP) Policy of North Seattle Community College (NSCC) Nanotechnology Lab is simple: North Seattle Community College and The Nanotechnology Lab do not make any claim on your intellectual property based solely on use of the Nanotechnology Lab. Effectively, you are merely renting equipment time in our facility.
NSCC students, academic users, and industry users may operate the characterization and fabrication equipment in the NSCC Nanotechnology Lab only after completing a two day (total four hours) training, and passing a competency quiz. During training, one development sample from the user will be imaged or fabricated (standard samples can be provided by Staff). Training is mandatory and has an accompanying fee.
Before training can begin a personal injury waver form, a user agreement form, and financial contract form must be filled out, signed, and submitted to the lab staff. Training and instrument use is not allowed unless these necessary pieces of documentation are complete.
Once training is complete, NSCC students, academic users, and industry users will need to pay a daily fee for entering the lab. An hourly rate for each piece of equipment is listed, and is charged in addition to the daily fee.
NSCC Students – Defined as full-time NSCC students and part-time NSCC students that are part of the Nanotechnology AAS degree or Nanotechnology certificate program. Student must be enrolled during the quarter of equipment use. Students in paid and unpaid internships are granted the NSCC student rate. Fee structure is set up to encourage use of the instruments by NSCC students in internships or as part of student projects.
Academic Users – Defined as full-time and part – time students in matriculating programs. Includes students in the Seattle Community College District other than NSCC, UW undergraduate and graduate students, Seattle University, Shoreline Community College, Edmonds Community College, and Highline Community College students. Academic user category also includes instructors, professors and post-doctoral students.
Industry Users – Defined as any anyone outside the categories of NSCC students and Academic Users. Including employees of companies granting internships to NSCC students.
The staff of the North Seattle Nanotechnology program will provide clear and detailed training procedures, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and user manuals for each piece of equipment. Occasional and informal training and assistance at no additional charge beyond the daily use fee; however, extensive assistance, co-development, sample preparation, and materials will incur the standard Engineering hourly rate.