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Getting Started: Industry Users

Wondering what the first step is to becoming an external CEMAS user?

An external user is defined as someone whom does not have an affiliation with The Ohio State University and does not have an Ohio State name.#. The steps below outline how an external user will proceed in order to use the CEMAS facility.

1. Complete the CEMAS External User Registration Form. 
Click here to complete. You will receive a response via email within two business days.

2. Let us know if you require a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA).
If you or your company will require a CDA before discussions may take place, please let us know as soon as possible.

3. Complete the Testing Services Agreement.
This Testing Services Agreement has been designed to simplify and expediate the process of agreement execution, allowing us to start your project as quickly as possible. The agreement is available to download here. Once an authorized representative from your organization has signed, please send to for final signature.

Furnish a purchase order to which the usage can be charged.
Purchase orders should be made out to "Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis" and emailed to

The following steps are only if you are completing the sample analysis yourself.

4. Request an Ohio State Sponsored Guest Account.
This will enable use of FOM, the scheduling and billing system, as well as other systems. Please contact to request an account.

5. Review CEMAS policies.
It is important to adhere to CEMAS policies and procedures while utilizing the facility.

6. Create an account on the Facility Online Manager (FOM).
FOM is the scheduling and billing system used by CEMAS. Using your Ohio State Sponsored Guest Account (name.#), please visit to set-up your account and request instrument training. For more information, please click here.

7. Complete required Ohio State EHS safety training modules.
You must complete the online required Ohio State Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) safety training modules and pass the associated online tests. Training modules can be accessed through the EHS website. All users should be familiar with basic laboratory safety and radiation hazards. The following EHS tranings are required for CEMAS use:

  • Lab Standard Training
  • Chemical Safety
  • Fume Hood Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Cryogenic Materials Training
  • Biological Safety Training for BSL2
  • Hazard Communication (required of ALL OSU employees)
  • Globally Harmonized System (GHS)  (required of ALL OSU employees)
  • Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP)

8. Receive instrument training.
CEMAS staff can advise and help a user in all aspects of specimen preparation, instrument use, and data interpretation. Since most users will not be familiar with the operation of the instruments, CEMAS staff will train users on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. The objective of the training is for the user to be able to independently operate the CEMAS equipment required for their research. You may request instrument training via your FOM account.

9. Accessing Your Data.
CEMAS offers a short-term storage option for saving your data obtained at our facility. After being trained on an instrument, the Equipment Trainer will request an account on your behalf so you can access your data from outside CEMAS.

10. Obtain facility access.
The main entrance doors to CEMAS are open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (except for University observed holidays). The equipment and staff offices are not accessible without proper facility access. Please visit the front desk to request facility access.

Additional questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at