Access Rates


University of Cincinnati ERC Clean Room and OCMI Rates:

Applicable through Febraury 1, 2017 ‐ January 31, 2019

 Description Preferred Rate External Rate
Access per day per user $25/day or $250/month $50/day or $500/month

Equipment 1 per hour1


Internal rate + market

Equipment 2 per run2


Internal rate + market

Equipment 3 per hour3


Internal rate + market

Equipment 44

First metal ($40)

Internal rate + market

Second metal ($20 + 1st metal)


Third metal ($15 + 2nd metal)


Forth metal ($10 + 3rd metal)


plus material cost (most metals = $3/100 Å and noble metals at market cost)


Assisted rate for all equipment per hour


Materials Cost Pass Through (actual cost) pass through Internal rate + market



Explanation of Equipment:

Equipment type 1: Photolithography, ozone cleaning, UV-curing conveyor, electroplater, contact angle analyzer, 3D printer, inverted microscope, suss spinner, laser cutter, hot roller, mini-labo coater, bio-dot printer, and wire bonder.

2 Equipment type 2: Thermal evaporator, Parylene coater, Wabash press, furnace oxidation/diffusion, RTA, and substrate bonder.

3 Equipment type 3: Reactive ion etcher, ICP etcher, AFM, ellipsometer, probe station electrical measurement, contour microscope, injection molding, 5-axis milling, profilometer, GC-MS, and nano-imprint lithography.

4 Equipment type 4: Metallization - E‐beam evaporation and sputtering.

 Explanation of process charged "per run":

Processes such as evaporation and Parylene coating take large amounts of time due to time spent preparing the system or processes that take a long time to complete. The major expense with these processes is in the materials. In addition, a single "run" can typically process multiple substrates.

 Explanation of process charged "per hour":

Processes such as scanning electron microscopy and photolithography take a wide range of times to operate depending on the users skill and the difficulty of the process.
The cost to the ERC Clean room is in terms of consumable parts in the equipment or process.
Thus, the longer the equipment is used the more parts are consumed.

Explanation of non-academic use of clean room equipment:

External users will pay external rates for access and for use of all equipment.