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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 Cleanroom Hours :


Engineering staff are available for questions and troubleshooting

EXTRA HOURS: Mon-Fri 5PM-11PM, Sat-Sun 8AM-Noon  
Engineering staff not available
" Buddy " coverage provided by MNTL Facility Staff (Clay Childers or Alan Knell)
No need for students to sign up for a lab buddy using the online buddy system

Engineering staff not available
MNTL Facility staff not on site
Students must arrange to be accompanied in the lab by another student using the online buddy " co-op " system
To join the co-op system, please fill out the online form

No user will be allowed to work in the cleanroom

There will be occasions, (due to holidays, illness, or vacations) that the Extra Hours will revert to Buddy System Hours . We will announce those circumstances with as much advance warning as possible so that students may arrange for a buddy.

MNTL Buddy System Policy :


Any activity in the cleanrooms during Buddy System Hours requires:

1)   A MINIMUM of TWO authorized users (“2 buddies”) present in the cleanrooms at all times.
2)   The operation of any Hazardous Equipment requires filling out and submitting the web-based Tool Use Notification Form prior to use:

Hazardous Equipment is defined as any tool that requires the use of a CDO box during operation.

3)   The operation of ALL hazardous equipment must be HALTED if an alarm condition occurs.  If a dangerous condition exists, evacuate the cleanrooms immediately.
4)   Users of hazardous equipment located in Labs 218, 220, 222, 228, and 230 should always inform their buddies of their location.

If these conditions cannot be met, you are prohibited working in the cleanrooms during BUDDY SYSTEM HOURS (Sat and Sun Noon-11PM) .

Violations of the MNTL Cleanroom Buddy Policy are determined automatically by the same program that monitors cleanroom entries and exits. Violations generate e-mail notifications which are sent to the violator and his or her advisor.

Violations of the buddy policy will result in the following sanctions:

          • 1st violation: the violator will receive a warning.
          • 2nd violation: an immediate two-week suspension from the cleanrooms.
          • 3rd violation: an immediate four-week suspension from the cleanrooms.

Subsequent violations will result in permanent suspension from the lab. The possibility of re-admittance will be contingent upon a determination made by MNTL administrators after consultation with the violator and his or her advisor.

Hazarduous Equipment operation:

Operation of any hazardous equipment outside of MAIN HOURS: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM   is NOT recommended .  If you choose to do so, please be especially careful and follow the above regulations.

The following operations are NOT permitted except during MAIN HOURS: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM   :
Toxic gas cylinder changes
Maintenance operations on materials growth chambers

For situations that require medical assistance (Emergency), call 9-911.

For non-life threatening hazardous situations (Non-Emergency), call the Division of Public Safety:  333-1216.