Chicago Materials Research Center


Internal User – All steps must be completed prior to training and gaining access to tools

  1. Sign up to our user email listserv to receive important communications about Shared Facilties operations and policies. You will need to log into the listserv website with your CNET ID and password before subscribing. Do not forget to click on the link in the confirmation email.
  2. Create an account on our instrument scheduler. Please follow all instructions on the scheduling page for creating a BookitLab account including requesting access to the MRSEC core. If you do not request access to the MRSEC core, you will be unable to see MRSEC tools as we share the scheduler with other cores in the PME. You must select a PI group to proceed. If your PI group is not set up in our scheduling and billing systems, please contact Staff to do so before creating your account. You will need to provide contact information for your PI and your group’s Financial Person.
  3. Set up your UChicagoBox data transfer account.
  4. Make sure you are up-to-date with all required Research Safety and EHSA Safety training, including general Chemical Hygiene and Fire Safety training.
  5. Please read our operating, data transfer and computer use, and recharge rate policies.
  6. Request cardkey access to the GCIS building via email from the GCIS building manager Bentley Wall, and cc MPML staff on your email for authorization. We cannot directly provide access for you to GCIS doors and elevators.
  7. By scheduling instrument time, training, or services you acknowledge that you have read and understood our user policies and agree to accept and abide by all facility rules, rates, and recharge policies. Failure to comply with policies may result in loss of access to the Shared Facilities
  8. Contact Staff to request training on an instrument. It is the responsbility of a user to obtain prior authorization for all potential training, access, and usage charges from their PI before attending training or using tools. Attending training or using tools indicates understanding and acceptance of all facility rules, rates, and recharge policies.
  9. Independent keycard access may be obtained after training is successfully completed. After training, please contact Staff to schedule a time to scan your UChicago ID card into our system. Unfortunately, UChicago ID cards must be physically scanned into the system. Please do not email ID numbers, photos, or other identifying information when making your request.

External User

Please contact Staff to discuss your project and which tools you’d like to use. Please note that all external users must provide a valid PO before access is granted or services are provided.

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