SNF Users

Yoshio Nishi nishiy at
Tue Jul 6 10:13:51 PDT 2004

To all users of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility


As you know, the SNF lab is a premier institution for the fabrication of
silicon and micromachined devices.  Academic and industry research has
been carried out in this facility for more than 18 years.  The cost of
processing has been kept at a low level to encourage experimentation and


As most of you know, the charging structure for the lab has remained
unchanged for two years.  During that time, the cost of materials,
gasses and salaries has risen, in many cases, in excess of the rate of
inflation.  For this reason, our budget expenses have fallen behind the
revenue collected from the lab user fees.  The University requires SNF
to balance the budget, so the staff is considering small changes to the
fee structure in order to continue to improve the lab capability while
achieving revenue commensurate with the costs of the facility.  These
will be presented to the faculty advisory board in July for their review
and implementation at the beginning of the SNF physical year September


We wanted to give all of you an early warning to these changes.  I
expect that even with these changes, SNF will remain a great "bargain"
as well as a vibrant place for the development of new ideas and








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