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Current User Home

Have you registered with CharFac? View the Work with CharFac homepage here!

Reserve an Instrument

Once you are registered with CharFac and have been trained on the instrument, please visit our lab reservation portal and sign-in to reserve the specific instrument.


The Characterization Facility provides comprehensive training on instruments for UMN, external academic and industry research scientists. Please view our training page for full information regarding initial or additional instrumental training.


There are different billing policies in place, depending on the user's organization.

View our Billing page for all information regarding billing for different user groups, billing changes, and more.

After-Hours Access

Despite current restrictions to the CharFac facility (view our COVID-19 Policies here), we allow certain users to gain after-hours access to the Characterization Facility.

You can view our After-Hours Access Policies here.