Microscopy Suite Equipment 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, 2018; subject to change.

AccuSizer FX Particle Sizer

The AccuSizer FX measures the extinction of a focused laser beam to determine the particle size distribution in a liquid flowing through a detection volume. As a particle flows through a focused laser beam, the beam is blocked by the particle and a decrease in the detected light intensity is related to the size of the particle. By measuring particle sizes for several minutes a complete distribution of the particle sizes in the liquid can be determined. This instrument will measure particle sizes from 0.7 microns to 20 microns.


  • Particle sizing from 0.7 microns to 20 microns

For additional information about this piece of equipment, see the Calendars, Contacts, and Fees pages.

Primary Contacts
Manufacturer Particle Sizing Systems
Equipment Model AccuSizer FX
Location B650 G
Phone Numbers (217) 265-0875, (217) 333-5493


* The fee for use is added to 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.