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Dr. Damon Smith
Phone: 512-232-3694
E-mail: Damon Smith

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The NST building is home to a wide variety of state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization equipment. This specialized equipment is available to all interested parties after successful completion of a hands-on training class. Registration for all of the training classes is available online through the TX Class system. In order to enroll in these classes one needs an UT EID number. Persons not associated with the University of Texas System may obtain at UT EID number by following this link: click here.

Please use the following procedure to receive training for CNM equipment and instrumentation:

* Click on one of the courses listed below to signup for the training classes you would like to take.

Here is a list of current training courses:

 
Course Number
Course Title
Class Hours
Course Prerequisites
NT201

General Clean Room Procedure for NST

This class will provide the student with an overview of the NST clean room and practices. We will cover gowning and entry, allowed items, clean room protocol and safety practices to be followed inside the clean room. This course is a necessary prerequisite for entry into the NST clean room and for the usage of any other shared instrumentation inside the cleanroom. Experience in another cleanroom will not substitute for this class.

1.00
OH101 OH201
NT203

FEI SEM/FIB Dual Beam Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the FEI SEM/FIB located in the NST building.  It includes information on operating the electron microscopy and the ion beam portions of the instrument. This course is a prerequisite for using the Zyvex nanomanipulator and the Omniprobe gas injection system.

4.00
OH101 OH201
NT204

Photolithography

This course is designed to teach the student the basics of the photolithography equipment located in the NST clean room.  Students must take ‘General Clean Room Training’ (NT 201) as a prerequisite for this class. Specifically students will learn how to operate: spin coater, mask aligner, stylus profilometer, and optical inspection scope.  Students will be provided with training samples.

3.00
NT201
NT205

Electron Beam Lithography Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Raith 50 electron beam lithography system located in the NST clean room.  This class will include: focusing and stigmating the electron optics, writefield alignment, e-beam resist development and electron scattering. Students will be provided with training samples.

6.00
NT201
NT209

Thin Film Deposition Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to deposit thin films of materials (usually metals) on the CNM shared equipment in the NST building.  Deposition techniques include: thermal vapor deposition, e-beam sputtering, and rf magnetron plasma sputtering. For the deposition tools that are located in a glove box one must also take NT 215 ‘Glove Box Training’, and for deposition equipment located in the clean room one must take NT 201 ‘General Clean Room Training.’

2.00
NT201

Oxford ICP Deposition and Etching

This course will demonstrate the principles and operation of the Oxford Plasmalab 80+ located in the NST clean room. We will cover both deposition and etching. The unit is currently configured to deposit: a-Si, silicon oxide, silicon nitride, and silicon oxynitride. The etching mode can be done with either the Bosch or cryogenic methods.

2.00
NT201
NT213

Zyvex Nanomanipulator Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to use the Zyvex nanomanipulator this is attached to the FEI dual beam system in the NST building.  One must be a proficient user of the FIB before taking this class.  NT 203 ‘FIB Training’ is a prerequisite.

4.00
NT203
NT214

Omniprobe FIB Gas Injection Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to use the Omniprobe gas injection system mounted to the FIB system in the NST building.  The Omniprobe system is capable of depositing up to 4 materials simultaneously using electron or ion beam assisted deposition.

4.00
NT203
NT220

Atomic Force Microscopy DI

This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Digital Instruments Dimension 3000 atomic force microscope in the NST building.  Topics covered will include tip and sample mounting, contact mode AFM, tapping mode AFM, tunneling AFM, and image processing. Students can bring their own research samples or they will be provided with training samples.

3.00
OH101 OH201
NT221

Agilent Atomic Force Microscopy

This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the Agilent 5500 atomic force microscope in the NST building.  Topics covered will include tip and sample mounting, contact mode AFM, tapping mode AFM, liqui environment imaging and image processing. Students can bring their own research samples or they will be provided with training samples.

3.00
OH101 OH201
NT223

CNM FT-IR

This course is designed to teach the student how to use various CNM characterization tools located in the NST building.  Specifically this class will cover the Zeiss inspection scope, Cary UV-Vis spectrometer, and the FT-IR spectrometer.

1.00
OH101 OH201
NT224

CNM Flourimeter Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to operate the CNM fluorimeter located in the NST building.   Items covered will include: sample preparation, emission scans, excitation scans, and data interpretation. 

1.00
OH101 OH201
NT227

CNM Electrical Characterization

This course is designed to teach the student proper use of the CNM electrical characterization equipment located in the NST building.  We have two parametric analyzers and two Suss probe stations for making electrical measurements.  Additionally one can also use the Zyvex nanomanipulator as an ultra small probe station.  Students wishing to connect electrical characterization equipment to the Zyvex nanomanipulator must take this course as well as NT 203 and NT 213.

1.00
OH101 OH201
NT228

Cary UV-Vis

This course will explain how to operate the Cary UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer located in the NST building. This instrument is a double beam instrument that can scan from 175 to 3300 nm. Both transmission and reflectance modes are possible.

1.00
OH101 OH201
NT230

Reactive Ion Etching

This course is designed to teach the student how to use plasma etching and deposition equipment located in the NST building.  Specifically the March 1701 reactive ion etcher will be discussed.  This equipment is located inside the NST clean rooms students must take NT 201 ‘General Clean Room Training’ as a prerequisite.

1.00
NT201
NT231

CNM Ellipsometry Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to use the J. A. Wollam spectroscopic ellipsometer located in the NST clean room.  Specific topics include: sample alignment, data acquisition, optical model construction and finally regression analysis to adjust model to reflect collected data.

1.00
NT201
NT233

CNM Dicing Saw Training

This course is designed to teach the student how to use the CNM Dicing Saw located within the NST clean room. Specifically we have a Disco 321 dicing saw capable of handling up to 6 inch wafers. Students wishing to take this course must have completed the NST clean room course (NT201) prior to this class.

2.00
NT201
NT241

TMI Polymer Characterization Center

This course is designed to provide students with training on the various instruments in the TMI polymer characterization center located in the NST building. The specific facilities include: differential scanning calorimeter (Perkin Elmer DSC7), thermogravimetric analysis (Perkin Elmer TGA7), size exclusion chromatography, static light scattering (Wyatt Dawn EOS), differential refractometer (Wyatt Optilab DSP).

3.00
 

 

If a class is full, you may sign up on the waitlist. If someone drops out of the class, you will automatically be informed of your promotion.
You may also show up for the class if you are on the waitlist, but you will not be able to attend if all registered students/participants are in attendance.
* Please show up for the class on time, if you are late you might lose your seat to persons on the waitlist.

It is your responsibility to make sure you get trained for equipment that you would like to use. You are only authorized to use equipment for which you have completed the appropriate training class.

 
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