Laboratory Access

Planning Ahead

Planning AheadPlease complete the Beam Time Request (BTR) and Support Request forms thourgh the User Portal. Thorough chemical and sample information must be included in your BTR.  Support Request forms include a list of collaborators that require laboratory access and your group's laboratory equipment requests. Researcher safety is taken seriously at SLAC. Please remember that radioactive materials, nanomaterials, and biohazardous materials have additional safety requirements. Refer to the SSRL or LCLS Safety Offices for further guidance.  

Upon Arrival

Upon ArrivalOnce you arrive you must complete training and access forms before accessing the Sample Preparation Laboratories (SPL). All Sample Prep Lab doors are locked with access key codes or RFID systems. Once your SPL access procedures are complete you will receive the key code or RFID access.



1) Sample Prepartion Laboratory Training, Course 204

Course 204 training expires one year from the date of completion. The initial training is ~45 minutes in length and covers lab policy, resources, safety, and emergency information. Annual refresher training is required in subsequent years. Refresher training is ~15 minutes in length.

Course 204 is offered at SSRL and LCLS. SSRL sessions are Monday–Friday at 10am & 3pm and meet in B131 Rm 211; drop ins are welcome but not guaranteed. LCLS sessions are by appointment only, and meet in B999 Rm 109. To make an appointment please contact your experimental POC and Kayla Zimmerman. LCLS training slots must be reserved in advance due to space limitations within the LCLS lab. Weekend training is not available.

2) SPL Access Form

A new SPL Access Form must be submited each time you visit our facilties. The SPL Access form requires a list of chemicals and samples you are bringing into the labs. This form acts as our daily inventory and must include both hazardous and nonhazardous samples and reagents. The SPL Access Form may be submitted by email in advance.

After Hours Arrival

After HoursIf you plan to arrive at SLAC outside of normal business hours, please make prior arrangements with SPL Staff.  For SSRL labs, unplanned lab access for critical needs may be granted at the SSRL Duty Operator's discretion (x4040). For the LCLS labs, unplanned lab access for critical needs may be granted by discretion of the LCLS Duty Technicians (x6267) or the Point of Contact. You MUST contact SPL Staff the following day.

Biology Chemistry & Material Science Labs

Cynthia Patty | (650) 926-3925


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.


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

Cynthia Patty | (650) 926-3925


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.

LCLS Sample Preparation Laboratory

Kayla Zimmerman | (650) 926-6281


LCLS Laboratory

This small general purpose wet lab is located in LCLS's Far Experimental Hall near MEC, CXI, and XCS. The lab serves all LCLS hutches and is available for final stage sample preparation. Due to space limitations, certain types of activities may be restricted and all access must be scheduled in advance.
Map to LCLS's FEL building.