CINS Facilities

Our Labs

The Center’s five-story, LEED-certified building, built in 2012, houses over $5 million worth of analytical equipment. The 4,695 square-meter facility meets all federal, state, and local government laws and regulations regarding airborne emissions, waterborne effluents, external radiation levels, outdoor noise, solid and bulk waste disposal practices, and the handling and storage of toxic/hazardous materials. CINS’s advanced instruments focus on structural, microscopic, spectroscopic, and chemical composition analysis of nanotechnology-related materials. The Center runs several instrumentation laboratories, including two spectroscopy laboratories, an x-ray diffraction laboratory, an atomic force microscopy laboratory, and an electron microscopy facility, as well as research laboratories (wet, synthesis, and chemistry and biology characterization).

Basic Use Guidelines

CINS facilities, tools, and instrumentation, as well as the expertise of our researchers, are shared assets to benefit the community. We welcome outside collaborators, including researchers from companies, other universities, and national research institutes, to take advantage of many of CINS’s resources. The rules and forms for instrument use can be found on the Instrumentation Policies page. Approved users can reserve an instrument session on the reservation page.

Note: Our available, in-service instruments occasionally change, and not all instruments are available for public use. The lists of instruments are not comprehensive or guaranteed, and you should contact Dr. Fumiya Watanabe ( to discuss using a specific instrument.

Instrument Use Fees

To compensate for ongoing instrumentation maintenance, CINS charges minimal fees for instrumentation use. Please download the current rates for equipment usage.

Reserve an Instrument

After you have been trained and certified by the CINS Director of Instrumentation, you may reserve a time to use an instrument here.