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.

Desk V Sputter Coater


The Desk V Sample Preparation system, equipped for both evaporation and sputtering, is a high productivity solution that delivers exceptional, consistent and highly repeatable results.
Desk V coating systems are available in two versions: Desk V HP and Desk V TSC. The Desk V TSC, the turbo molecular-pumped sputter coater option, is designed for high resolution microscopy samples and is suitable for oxidizing and non-oxidizing metals. The Desk V magnetron sputter unit precisely deposits a conductive coating and its thermal evaporation option deposits a thin layer of carbon (using rods or yarn).


  • SEM sample preparation (Sputtering & Carbon Evaporation)
  • TEM sample preparation (Carbon Evaporation)
  • X-Ray Microanalysis sample preparation (Carbon Evaporation)
  • High resolution sample preparation
  • Semiconductors
  • Geology
  • Forensics
  • Material science
  • Medicine
  • Life science


The Desk V deposits a broad range of coating materials (including iridium), while the adjustable rotating and tilting stage ensures a highly uniform coating with excellent conformity and coverage, even on samples with highly irregular surfaces. The Desk V includes an easy-to-change, drop-in style, insulated rotating specimen table, and its plug-and-play style eliminates much of the learning curve for you.


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

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Denton Vacuum
Equipment Model Desk V
Location B612, Wet Lab
Phone Numbers (217) 265-5071


* 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.