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Sorby Centre: Facility is open for priority research. For training and access registration requests please complete this form. Approved users who have completed the Sorby Centre Return to Campus Induction may now book equipment directly using this booking system. Previous users returning to the facility should contact the Facility Manager, i.ross@sheffield.ac.uk, in the first instance to arrange an induction.

X-ray Laboratory: NEW CHILLER INSTALLED: Whilst we get used to the system there may be some issues. Te Xpert and Empyrean are now up and running but the STOE experienced a dangerous failure which we are looing into.  Email  xrd@sheffield.ac.uk with access request or and enquiries. To report issues, complete this form.

Raman Laboratory: The instrument is now ready for use in its new home at the RDC. Users will need to complete the local lab and building inductions before being reapproved for the machine.

Micropreparation Please note that access to chemicals for etching will require you to have completed a new CoSHH form.  For training or queries, please contact mse_microprep@sheffield.ac.uk and fill out the registration form (if not done already) available hereAttention: The Microprep lab is now open. Please contact mse_microprep@sheffield.ac.uk about returning to the lab.

Characterisation Research Facility: For training or queries please contact characterisation_mse@sheffield.ac.uk. Registration forms required before using the Facility can be found hereThe Characterisation lab is reopening under limited capacity for approved projects only. 

NanoCharaterisation (G5a/C9d):   Dawn Bussey has left her post at the University. There is limited support available, but all instruments have moved to their new location in the Harry Brearley building. To request access or training please email nanochar@shef.ac.uk

Arc Melting: In accordance with the Covid-19 control measures max 1 is allowed to work in the Arc Melting Facility at any one time.  Please ensure that you've booked the 'Arc Melting Area'. You may find 'Arc Melting Area', 'Arc Melter MAM 1', and 'Arc Melter AM 0.5' under the 'Adv Metal Processing (QL)' site. Arcast 200 is listed under 'Adv Metal Processing' site. Please contact y.azakli@sheffield.ac.uk for queries.

Sheffield Tomography Centre (STC): Users can access their data *remotely* via Splashtop and the Workstation PCs – please get in touch with Ria for the remote access instructions. No user access to the lab currently, unless we have agreed you are a ‘power user’ to be trained.


For booking system queries, please contact staff at the facility you wish to use or are having issues with. If your access to a facility has expired, please email the appropriate contact above giving (i) your name, (ii) your uCard expiry date (for students) or contract expiry date (for staff), and (iii) your new charge code, or username if applicable. This booking system is not affiliated with any online TUOS systems, and so will not update anything unless you take action at such t


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