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Operations During COVID-19

SNSF COVID-19 Policies

Overview and Getting Started

The following policies are in effect in addition to the regular SNSF policies. All SNSF members accessing SNSF will need to review, acknowledge and adhere to our SNSF COVID-19 Research Safety Protocol. Access to SNSF resources (including making reservations) is unauthorized until approval is received, following the submission of the following forms:

Internal Users: SNSF COVID-19 Research Safety Protocol
External Users: SNSF COVID-19 Research Safety Protocol

Stanford University follows a staged plan to resume research activity.  Please refer to the COVID-19 Research Restart Plan for details.

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Instrument Cleaning Protocols

The following Instrument Cleaning Protocols are to be executed before and after each usage of SNSF instruments.

Space Occupancy

Last updated: 13-November-2020

  • The tables below list the maximum space occupancy levels which are to be adhered to at all times. Please reference the building floorplans.
    • Note: refer to section Training for additional policies
  • Zones
    • Additional blue tape markings are used around the facilities to further define zones within a larger area.
      • No more than 1 researcher shall be within a zone at any given time.
      • Note that maximum occupancy limits still apply for the collection of zones that may be within an area.
  • We expect that you limit your access to SNSF facilities when entering the buildings.


Building Room Description Occupancy Limit
Spilker 006 Gowning Room Transit Only (1)
Spilker 006A-F Oxford RIE, KJL Evaporator, Small Tools, Raith EBL, JEOL EBL, wet bench 5 (max. 1 per zone) plus 1 SNSF staff member
Spilker 006G Nova SEM 1
Spilker 007 AFM/Raman 2
Spilker 008 3D Printer/Wirebonder 1 & Transit Only (1)
Spilker 008A

Magellan SEM

Spilker 008B

Helios FIB/SEM

Spilker 008C NanoSIMS 1
Spilker 008D,E,F Titan TEM 1
Spilker 008K Storage Transit Only (1)
Spilker 008I Apreo SEM 1
Spilker 128, 131 FCR Entrance/Gowning Transit Only (1)
Spilker 131A, 131K, 131J Small Tools 1
Spilker 131C

Litho/Wet Bench

Spilker 131E Sputter/Ion Mill 2 (Occupancy 1 advised if schedule permits)
Spilker 131G PVD 1- Staff Only
Spilker 131H Hallway Transit Only (1)


Building Room Description Occupancy Limit
McCullough 100 Common Room SNSF Authorized Trainer (1), Instrument Waiting (1)
McCullough 100A Workstation 1
McCullough 102 AFM 2 (Occupancy 1 advised if schedule permits)
McCullough 103 Microprobe 1
McCullough 105 Storage Transit Only (1)
McCullough 107 Tecnai TEM 1
McCullough 108 XCT 1
McCullough 112 XPS/Auger 3 (max. 1 per zone)
McCullough 117 XRD 3 (max. 1 per zone)

Note: The McCullough building is under the auspices of GLAM. Refer to GLAM - Research Restart for additional guidance and policies.


Building Room Description Occupancy Limit
Moore 184 TEM Sample Prep. 1

Note: The Moore building is under the auspices of GLAM. Refer to GLAM - Research Restart for additional guidance and policies.


Building Room Description Occupancy Limit
Shriram 099, 099A SMF 4 (max. 1 per zone)
Shriram 099B SMF AFM Room 1


Last updated: 14-September-2020

SNSF started supporting limited in-person training within SNSF labs. Implementation of training procedures is guided by the University policy on In-person training at Shared Facilities.

What to expect:

  • Room occupancy: Training will temporarily increase the published occupancy limits. Training where these occupany limits will be surpassed is only authorized to be performed by SNSF approved trainers (SNSF staff and helpers). Peer training is generally NOT allowed.
  • Many of our staff members have changed training procedures significantly in response to the new normal brought to us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check on the instrument pages about online training modules that have been added and how to get trained on the instruments.
  • Expect that not all instruments and capabilities will be available to get trained on. In some cases we might not be able to find a suitable method under current guidelines.
  • As a member of our community we ask you to be patient as we adopt our training procedures. Expect significant delays in receiving training as compared to pre-COVID times.