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Getting Started 

The Imaging and Microscopy Facility (IMF) is unique on this campus in the scope of its role in teaching and its open-access policy for all users. Each year, many students come through the lab, making it a challenge to keep track of everyone. Therefore, we ask that each of our users go through this three-step process that will help us to set up your account, take care of your safety training requirements and issue you access rights.


1. Lab Safety training through EH&S at UC Merced is up to date including Radiation Safety for users of radiation producing machines (ME-EHS-UCLOL0020-ECO).  (courses can be access through UC Learning Center)

           a. Access the UC Learning Center

           b. Login with your UCMNETID (UC Merced email) and password.

           c. You will be directed to the UC Learning Center.

           d. In the search box type "radiation producing machines (ecourse)

           e. Click the blue "select" button on the right

           f. Click start

2. Complete  IMF Welcome Form and additional forms (see below for specific training), submit to Lab Manager, Kennedy Nguyen (

a. For either SEM training requires this form: SEM Manual quiz to be completed and submitted.

b. For XRD Training complete the safety quiz, XRD Radiation Safety Quiz and submit.

3. Sign up for iLab; for directions go here. Schedule a training time in iLab with the desired instrument and confirm with Lab Manager.


We require that all publications/talks/posters acknowledge the Imaging and Microscopy Facility at UC Merced. Acknowledgement of any facility personnel is at your discretion. Please submit paper copies or PDF files. They will be used for tracking purposes and will become part of the facility’s year-end report.

4. Publications can be reported to IMF using this link here.

5.  Access Rights to facility is provided to user once training is completed (access may take up to 2 weeks)


You can request access rights that allow you to enter the laboratory 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access rights are issued in accordance with the university’s key/card-control policy that defines who can be issued a key/card; record keeping requirements; and more.

This facility also has a few additional requirements.  

  • You must be a UC Merced employee, a graduate student or an active undergraduate researcher;
  • You must meet the minimum laboratory and workplace safety-training requirements for the facility;
  • You must be properly trained in on the equipment you plan to use;
  • We must have your recharge authorization on file; and
  • You must not share your access card with anyone.

If the above requirements are met, IMF personnel will request the university update your access card.