The Molecular Foundry (Foundry) user facility is one of the world’s premier nanoscience research institutions. It is organized into seven research facilities, each specializing in a different field of science, and operates using a collaborative model. The Foundry is conveniently located about a ten minute walk from the ALS, and several of their resources are available to support general user projects when requested through an ALS proposal.
Prospective users are strongly encouraged to discuss their needs with Foundry staff members to determine whether or not a project is feasible before submitting a joint access proposal. The appropriate contacts may be found on the resources pages. If you have questions regarding capabilities or the contact person for a resource is unclear, please email the Foundry User Office directly.
The amount of Foundry time available for ALS proposal support varies depending on resource availability and current demand, and typically ranges from 20 to 80 hours per ALS proposal. Users may request access to resources in one or two Foundry facilities in the same proposal submission.
If the requested resources of the Foundry are deemed feasible, then Foundry access will be approved when ALS beamtime is awarded. Upon approval, users will receive a Foundry proposal number and an Assigned Scientist who will serve as their point of contact. Users will be required to complete Foundry-specific safety and on-the-job training prior to beginning work.
To request access to the Foundry, complete the relevant page of the ALS General User Proposal submission form. You will be asked to provide the following:
- Names of the facilities (up to two) that are being requested, including which will be the lead facility (where you will need the most time).
- Brief technical description of the work to be performed in each requested facility (200-400 words per facility).
- Name of Foundry staff with whom you have discussed your project (optional but highly recommended).