How to become a certified SEM
To become a "certified" SEM user,
the user must go through two mandatory training steps: (Step-1) two hours of
basic SEM training (during which the principle and basic operation of our
SEM will be discussed), and (Step-2) three to five 1-hour sessions of hands-on
practice training until we are convinced that the user can operate the
machine safely and responsibly. The cost for Step-1 training is
$160, and that for Step-2 is $80/h. After certification, the cost
for certified SEM user is $40/h.
users will need to be re-certified (i.e. repeat Step-2 at $80/h) if he/she
has not used the SEM for a minimum of 2 hours every month.
Due to the cost
and time involved, we recommend certification only to frequent user and
not occasional user of the SEM. If the user only has a few samples
to run once every 4 months, then it would be more cost-effective to the
user to run this under Operator Service (at $80/h).
Making a reservation on a tool?
the user will be given instruction on how to make reservation on the tool
using google calendar.
We require at least 2 working days to cancel the reserved time slot, so
that other user will have enough time to book the free-up time slots.
Do not cancel your reservation a few minutes or a few hours before the
reserved time. This is unacceptable and is inconsiderate to other
users. We are monitoring the reservation calendars at all time.
Any user caught not respecting the cancellation rule will have their
booking privilege terminated permanently.
If you are unsure about whether your samples will be ready for the
reserved time, try a "walk-in". Check the calendar to see if the
machine is free at the time. If the machine is free, then you can
walk in and use the tool until the next reserved time slot. (You can
register your booking on the calendar once you are in the lab and confirm
that the tool is indeed free.) In this way, you are not affecting
What is WATLab?
As a result of the funding from the
Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario
in the first CFI competition in 1999, we managed to establish an open-access, multi-user materials research and
characterization facility dedicated for multi-mission research by
academic and industrial users in Ontario and Canada. The
initial funding enabled us to acquire two unique tools: a VG ESCALab 250
and a LEO FE-SEM. With enormous and continued support from local
colleagues and elsewhere, we were able to secure further CFI funding in
WATLab has since evolved into one of the best materials research centres
in North America, with a complete, unique set of tools second to none for
advanced materials and nanoscience research.
Who is supporting
Contrary to what
WATLab may appear, WATLab is a facility run by my own group, and is not
supported by local administrations. Despite the impact of WATLab in
facilitating advanced research and training at the University of Waterloo,
we are really running on a shoestring budget and our financial security is
precarious at best. Despite this, we continue to do what we can to
provide on-campus service and support to all departments on a "partial"
cost recovery basis. We will assist other research groups in their
research objectives to take advantage of this unique world-class facility for