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Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801


Office hours 8:30a - 5:00p


Phone: 217-333-3097
Fax: 217-244-6375


MNTL BioNanotechnology Laboratory Access Procedure

Please read the following lab access procedures carefully! Failure to complete each step of these instructions could prevent or delay your access to the BioNanotechnology Laboratories within MNTL.

  1. Complete and submit the Keycard Request Form.If cylinder key(s) are needed please print out a Cylinder Key Request Form and submit it to the MNTL Business Office in Room 2104 MNTL.
  2. Complete the following Division of Research Safety (DRS) training sessions:
    1. General Lab Safety Training (online). Print out the certificate generated upon completion of the training. If you are an external user, please contact for DRS login and password information.
    2. Understanding Biosafety (online).
    3. Safe Handling of Human Cell Lines/Materials in a Research Laboratory (live/online). This training is ONLY required if you plan to work with human cell lines and/or other human-origin materials. If you have any questions on whether you will need to have this training, contact DRS or send e-mail to

      These training modules are required by the Division of Research Safety and the Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory. The Human Cell Lines training session (if applicable to you) is a requirement of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard adopted by the Illinois Department of Labor.

  3. Pre-register for the MNTL BioNano Lab Orientation (live) by completing and submitting the MNTL Questionnaire for New BioNano Lab Users at least three days in advance of the scheduled orientation.
  4. Attend the MNTL Building Safety Training, normally held on the first Tuesday and third Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Report to Room 2104 MNTL when you arrive for the training. Please send e-mail to at least three days prior to the scheduled training session to confirm your intention to attend.
  5. Complete the MNTL BioNano Lab Orientation and Safety Training:
    1. Read and Understand the MNTL BioNano Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures and fill out the Biological Safety Awareness Certification form.
    2. Complete the MNTL BioNano Lab Orientation (live). This orientation is held on the first Tuesday and third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. It may last up to 2 hours. Report to Room 2104 MNTL when you arrive for the orientation.

At the BioNano Lab orientation you must bring the following:

  • Your Keycard Request Form signed by a PI/Faculty member
  • The DRS training certificates generated by your completion of Step 2 above.
  • The signed (by you) Biological Safety Awareness Certificate from Step 4.1.
  • $8.50 fee for your proximity i-card form
  • $25 deposit for each cylinder key requested

Once the above access procedures have been finalized, BioNano Lab users should contact the appropriate “super-user” to schedule individual training on any specialized equipment you will need to use in the BioNano Labs. (See “BioNano Equipment Super-User List”, below.)

A list of essential fact sheets providing details about working with BioSafety Level 2 (BSL-2) hazardous materials can be found on the DRS web site. (See: Biological Safety Fact Sheets.) Researchers and PI/Faculty are urged to read and understand these documents prior to the start of their work in the MNTL BioNano Labs. For further information please refer to the CDC booklet Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL).

For general biosafety questions pertaining to the MNTL facilities, please e-mail or call 217-300-4947.