Access the Facilities

The George Washington University (GW) Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) offers its equipment and services to the GW community and external users.

Training & Consultation

Training & Consultation

GWNIC provides training on operation of equipment, and can furnish customized training and advice on achieving the highest quality sample preparation, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. Consultation with GWNIC staff is required prior to using the facilities.

Usage Fees

Usage Fees

Fees for use of equipment and services have been established in accordance with GW’s policy on Interdepartmental Service Centers and Recharge Centers and with consultation and approval by the GW Office of the Comptroller. The fees are established to be competitive with similar resources.

Imaging Equipment

Equipment/Service

Rates for GW-affiliated Users (per hour) Rates for External Users (per hour)

Confocal Microscopy

up to $32.00

up to $96.00*

Zeiss Spinning Disk Confocal

up to $42.00

up to $126.00*

Talos F200X TEM

up to $50.00

up to $150.00*

Scanning Electron Microscope

up to $35.00

up to $105.00*

Leica TCS SP8 Multiphoton

up to $50.00

up to $150.00*

DMi8 Inverted Microscope

up to $53.00

up to $159.00*

FEI Helios FIB SEM

up to $80.00

up to $240.00*

Workstation Use

up to $30.00

up to $90.00*

Sample Preparation & Processing

up to $190.00

up to $570.00*

* Discounted rates are available for external not-for-profit users. Please contact GWNIC staff for more information.

Nanofabrication Equipment

Equipment/Service

Rates for GW-affiliated Users (per hour) Rates for External Users (per hour)

Raith Voyager EBL

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Raith Pioneer EBL

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Probe Station

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Profileometer

up to $45.00

up to $135.00*

Plasmatherm PECVD

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Plasmatherm RIE DRIE

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Plasmatherm ICP

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Fiji F200 ALD

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

E-Beam Evaporators

up to $40.00

up to $120.00*

Sputter Deposition

up to $65.00

up to $195.00*

Mask Aligner

up to $40.00

up to $120.00*

Critical Point Dryer

up to $100.00

up to $300.00*

Spin Processors

up to $20.00

up to $60.00*

Spin Rinse Dryer

up to $30.00

up to $90.00*

Bonders

up to $40.00

up to $120.00*

Daily entry fee (per person, per day)

Covers unlimited use of the following pieces of equipment:

  • Nikon Microscope
  • Filmetric F-20 UV
  • Wet Benches
  • Acid Benches
  • Flammable Benches
  • Vacuum Oven
  • Blue M Oven
  • 4-Point Probe
  • Dicing Saw Benchtop
$50.00

$50.00

* Discounted rates are available for external not-for-profit users. Please contact GWNIC staff for more information.

Training and Consultation

Training and consultation on the use of GWNIC facilities and equipment are available at a rate of up to $30.00/hour for GW-affiliated users and $90.00/hour* for external users.

* Discounted rates are available for external not-for-profit users. Please contact GWNIC staff for more information.

Laboratory Information Management System

Laboratory Information Management System

GWNIC uses a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to schedule and track use of instrumentation. The system also allows GWNIC users to make reservations for instrumentation training.

The LIMS tracks the use of equipment in real time and prioritizes usage to provide full transparency in how the Center’s resources are being utilized. Instrumentation usage is tracked against specific projects and associated funding sources.

GWNIC requires all users and principal investigators to be registered within the LIMS.

Registered GWNIC Users

If you are a registered user of instrumentation or trainings, please login to the LIMS.

Please note: Our LIMS is optimized to work in the Chrome browser.

New to GWNIC?

Contact gwnic@gwu.edu to schedule a consultation with GWNIC staff. The consultation may include an assessment of the user’s requirements, arranging appropriate training and registering new users in the Center’s Laboratory Information Management System.

Safety Policies & Procedures

Safety Policies and Procedures

GWNIC and its investigators comply with policies and procedures as outlined by the university’s Office of Lab Safety including:

GWNIC and its investigators also comply with policies and procedures as outlined by the university's Office of Health and Safety including:

Acknowledging GWNIC

The George Washington University Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) should be acknowledged in publications or presentations resulting from work done in whole or in part using GWNIC facilities, staff or other resources. Author(s) can word this acknowledgement in any way they choose. Immediately below is the recommended acknowledgement, particularly for peer-reviewed journal publications:

This work was performed in part at the George Washington University Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC).

If a GWNIC logo is required for your presentation or poster, please email a request to us at gwnic@gwu.edu with a brief description of how it will be used.

Schedule Equipment

If you are a registered user of instrumentation or trainings, please log in to the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Contact Us

Contact us for more information about accessing the GWNIC facilities, fee schedules and training.