Director’s Update

On May 5, NC State announced initial plans to phase-in certain on-campus operations including research activities (link here). On May 8, Vice Chancellor Mladen Vouk released a memo that provides more details about the Phase 1 Restart of Research Activities process and the restart date of Monday, May 18 (linked here).

Effective May 18, the AIF equipment, laboratories, and staff will be available to support your research activities. In this Phase 1 Restart process, it is important to remain vigilant and keep the safety and health of our users and staff as our top priority. With this priority in mind and in the first phase of this process, we need to minimize foot traffic and contact with high-touch surfaces, ultimately mitigating cross-contamination and possible future infections. These factors are particularly important to consider in shared research facilities, which are considered as dynamic, “bump-in collision spaces” and hubs for collaboration under normal (e.g., pre-pandemic) working conditions.

With the health of our users and staff in mind, the AIF staff will be operating the instruments themselves in support of your requests in this Phase 1 restart process. This operational mode provides access to sample preparation, measurements, and data analysis in all available laboratories and tools within the AIF. When possible and requested, AIF staff members can share instrument screens and/or connect over platforms such as FaceTime to collaborate virtually during experiments or analyses. These services are available to both internal and external users.

The submission of samples can initiate the process.
The new process for submitting samples involves:
1. Ensure you have a valid user agreement with the AIF. For help with agreements, please visit our website: https://aif.ncsu.edu/become-a-user/
2. Submit sample details using one of the following two forms:
     Internal form 
     External form
3. Provide samples. For local users, samples can be dropped off at the North entry door to MRC on Monday, Tuesday, or Friday by prior coordination with Roberto Garcia (text 919-272-4861 to schedule). A social distancing plan is in place for the receipt of samples using a container with enhanced decontamination features.
For any users preferring to mail samples, please use the mailing address:
    Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)
    Attn: Roberto Garcia
    North Carolina State University
    2410 Campus Shore Drive, Room 246
    Monteith Research Center (MRC)
    Raleigh, NC 27606 USA
    Office Ph: 919-515-8628
4. If you have questions about the process, please email them to aif-contact@ncsu.edu.

In this Phase 1 Restart, please feel free to reach out to anyone at AIF with any questions. AIF staff will remain available for pre-scheduled individual meetings online or spontaneous meetings during their recurring online office hours (listed here https://aif.ncsu.edu/events/list/).

We look forward to serving your experimental research needs soon.