Microscopy Suite Fees

Fees/rates for use of equipment in the Microscopy Suite determined through analysis by Government Costing, University of Illinois. In effect starting July 1, 2016; subject to change.

Equipment / ServiceInternal
(University of Illinois System)
Internal w/F&AExternalExternal w/F&AUnit
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)$ 22.39$ 28.08$ 80.70$ 101.20hour
Carbon Evaporator$ 6.31$ 7.91$ 287.20$ 360.15deposition
Critical Point Dryers$ 27.21$ 34.12$ 107.92 $ 135.33 use
Dual Source Metal Evaporator$ 44.12$ 55.33$ 104.19$ 130.65per deposition∗
ESEM$ 55.11$ 69.10$ 120.06$ 150.56hour
Fiber/Micropipette Puller$ 3.64$ 4.56$ 14.38$ 18.03hour
Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) System$ 4.39$ 5.51$ 276.92 $ 347.26 hour
Fluorescence Microscope (Zeiss Axiovert ApoTome System)$ 9.22$ 11.56$ 25.10$ 31.48hour
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Microscope$ 4.97$ 6.23$ 105.88$ 132.77hour
Glow Discharge System (Denton DPG-1)$ 4.80$ 6.02$ 15.53$ 19.47hour
Horiba Confocal Raman Imaging System$ 10.82$ 13.57$ 51.73$ 64.87per hour
Hydrogen Plasma Cleaner$ 5.60$ 7.02$ 10.80$ 13.53per hour
Inspection Scope$ 4.84$ 5.95$ 61.73$ 77.41hour
Leica Confocal SP8$ 30.32$ 38.02$ 61.82 $ 77.52 hour
Low Speed Saw (Buehler IsoMet) $ 36.00$ 45.14$ 318.83$ 399.81per hour
Micro-Spectroscopy Workstation Zeiss Axio Observer.D1$ 7.87$ 9.87$ 98.93$ 124.06per hour
Micro/Nano X-ray Computed Tomography Scanning Systems
   Xradia BioCT$ 16.64$ 20.90$ 33.42$ 41.91hour
   Xradia MicroCT$ 16.64$ 20.90$ 39.79$ 49.90hour
   Xradia NanoCT**$ 7.47$ 9.37$ 199.47$ 250.14hour
Oxygen Plasma Cleaner$ 5.60$ 7.02$ 10.80$ 13.53per hour
Particle Sizers$ 4.42$ 5.54 $ 44.21 $ 55.44 hour
Profilometer (P-6 Stylus Profilometer)$  3.64$  4.56 120.86  151.56 hour
Remote Stereology System$ 2.65$ 3.32per hour
Sputter Coaters$  7.00$  9.01$ 27.15$ 34.05per 100 seconds or less∗
Stereology Workstation$ 5.06$ 6.35$ 18.52$ 23.22hour
TEM$ 50.00 ***$ 62.70$ 124.36$ 155.95hour
Ultramicrotome (Leica UltraCut UCT)$ 26.23$ 32.89$ 72.45$ 90.85hour
Diamond Knife (use with UCT if available)$ 15.00$ 30.00$ 37.62$ 37.62hour
Zeiss SteREO Discovery.V20 Zoom Microscope w/Highspeed Camera $ 9.57$ 12.00$ 57.50$ 72.11hour
Training and Technical Assistance$ 23.55$ 29.53$ 344.26$ 431.70hour

Notes:

*To the fee for use is added our purchase cost for the specific precious metal (gold, gold-palladium, or platinum) expended during coating. Gold and gold-palladium are charged at $0.30/nm, and platinum is charged at $0.45/nm. The added fee is easy to determine for the dual-metal evaporator, for which total thicknesses are reported in nm. For the sputter coaters, at 65 mTorr and 40 mA, gold coats at 3 nm/10 seconds, gold-palladium coats at 1 nm/10 seconds, and platinum coats at 1 nm/10 seconds. So a standard 70-second coat of gold will cost an additional (21 x 0.30) $6.30, a 70-second coat of gold-palladium will cost (7 x 0.30) $2.10, and a 70-second coat of platinum will cost (7 x 0.45) $3.15.

**The Xradia NanoCT system requires staff setup of the sample before x-ray collection.

***The actual hourly cost for this instrument is $91.31. The Beckman Institute subsidizes the TEM at a rate of $41.31 per hour for Internal university users. Enterprise Works users are charged the full $91.31 per hour.