Become a User

The MAF is a state-of-the-art facility on the UW campus offering researchers a variety of resources to characterize novel materials, systems, and devices. Our resources are available to all qualified users affiliated with the University of Washington, other educational institutions, and private industry. Most of our users are trained by experienced staff to independently perform their own experiments, but if you need an especially sensitive instrument or only have several samples, it may be more efficient to have a staff member run the experiment for you. Prospective users are encouraged to contact us about your research needs before starting the registration process.

To begin using the facility, you must first complete the following steps:

Fill Out The Registration Form

All prospective researchers and their PIs/administrators must fill out this form. You will be asked to describe the project and your role in it, provide contact and billing information, and fill out a user agreement form. This will help our staff offer the best assistance possible. Once you finish the registration, an account will be created for you in CORAL, our reservation and billing system.

Registration Form

Attend Orientation

After registration is complete, all hands-on researchers working in the MAF are required to take a free 30-minute new user orientation before instrument-specific training can begin. A schedule of when New User Orientations are offered can be found on the MAF Coral page under Lab > Courses. Login to Coral to reserve a spot at a particular session. Contact a staff member if you are unable to make one of the scheduled orientations. Additional safety training is required for onsite users, but not for remote/staff-assisted users.

Request Instrument Training

After you have completed registration and orientation, contact the staff member in charge of the instrument you would like to use to set up either a training session (hands-on users) or a time to run your samples (remote/staff-assisted users).

If you are unsure whether instrument training is the best option, or would like help choosing the best instrument for your needs, we invite you to contact our staff directly for consultation. In addition to training, we offer sample preparation and characterization services for clients who, for a variety of reasons, elect not to receive training on how to operate the instrument.