The UW is currently in Phase 2 of Washington state’s Safe Start plan. To gain access to the MAF, all research groups, companies, and others must meet the research criteria outlined in the UW Office of Research’s guidance or the state’s safe start plan. The MAF reserves the right to grant and revoke access at its discretion as resources, public health, safety, and other considerations warrant. Questions can be sent to

Non-UW employee on-site work attestation: COMPLETE THE FORM
All non-UW employees performing work at the MAF are required to attest that they do not have COVID symptoms. If you are a UW employee, complete your Working On-Site Attestation in Workday.


The Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF) is a fully staffed instrumentation facility located in the UW Molecular Engineering & Science Building. Capabilities include microscopy, spectroscopy, biophysics, and surface science. The facility is open to external users from academia and industry, as well as internal UW users. Users can be trained to independently perform experiments, or an experienced staff member can perform them for you.

Since 2011, MAF has operated jointly with the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), which provides access to photo- and electron-beam-lithography, thin-film deposition, plasma and chemical etching, and characterization processes.  

Information about the MAF’s instrumentation and links are provided below, or through the links at the top of the page.

Molecular Analysis Facility Resources

When publishing work involving experiments conducted at the MAF, please include the following text in the acknowledgements:

Part of this work was conducted at the Molecular Analysis Facility, a National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) site at the University of Washington, which is supported in part by funds from the National Science Foundation (awards NNCI-2025489, NNCI-1542101), the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, and the Clean Energy Institute.”  updated October 2020