The Sample Preparation Laboratories

Changes at the SSRL Sample Preparation Laboratories (SPL)

On June 5, 2018, the SSRL SPL manager Cindy Patty has left SSRL to join another part of SLAC. As of October 2018, Grace Tang will assume the SSRL SPL manager responsibilities.

Researchers arriving on or after October should contact Grace (; 650-926-3467) and Risa Benwell (; 650-926-6283) to communicate their arrival, and to arrange their laboratory access and work-space.

Contact Grace and Risa also to reserve instruments or equipment such as centrifuges or glove boxes, to request or purchase chemicals, and to communicate SOPs, known materials hazards, and needs arising from special protocols.

Your patience and understanding is requested during this time of transition. Your early attention to arranging your SPL needs will greatly facilitate a smooth process and the success of your visit.

The Sample Preparation Laboratories provide wet lab facillities for the SSRL User Program. The labs support final stage sample preparations and  straight-forward laboratory manipulations in Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science and the Geosciences. SSRL houses two BioChemMat-focused Laboratories (BCM1 & 2) and one Geoscience-focused Laboratory.  All Sample Preparation Laboratories are potentially available to all users.

Laboratory Access & Training

All Sample Preparation Laboratories have restricted access. Training is required for entry.  Sample Preparation Laboratory training, Course 204, must be completed annually. Course 204 is an in-person training.
Training sessions are Monday–Friday at 10am & 3pm and meet in B120 Rm 219; drop ins are welcome but not guaranteed.Weekend training is not available.

Laboratory Contacts

The primary contact for all SSRL Sample Preparation Laboratory resources and matters is Grace Tang. Risa Benwell is a staff laboratory manager at SSRL, and is available for  back up support.


Biology Chemistry & Material Science Labs

Grace Tang | (650) 926-3467


BCM 1 Laboratory

The BioChemMat Lab 1 is a broad purpose wet lab that contains common lab reagents, equipment & supplies, a cold room, and an inert atmosphere chamber.
Map to SSRL's building 120.

Biology Chemistry & Material Science Labs

Grace Tang | (650) 926-3467


BCM 2 Laboratory

The BioChemMat Lab 2 is a broad purpose wet lab similar to BCM 1. However, it is larger in size than BCM 1 and has broader equipment resources.
Map to SSRL's building 131.

Geoscience Preparation Laboratory

Grace Tang | (650) 926-3467


Geoscience Laboratory

The Geoscience Lab contains common lab reagents, equipment & supplies and inert atmosphere chambers. Work areas for radioactive materials and nanomaterials are available.
Map to SSRL's building 131.