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.

Fiber/Micropipette Puller

The P-2000 is a CO2 laser based micropipette/fiber puller with safety shields, enlosure and interlocks to protect user from any laser exposure. Up to 10W of CO2 laser power could be applied to melt the micropipette/fiber. The heating power, heating area and time can be controlled by internal microprocessor. The pulling timing, force and speed are also precisely adjustable.


  • Capable of pulling quartz, borosilicate and aluminosilicate glass
  • Pulls electrodes with tip diameters smaller than 0.03µm
  • The laser has no melting point limit as with conventional metal filaments
  • Fully programmable

User Resources

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

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Sutter Instrument Co.
Equipment Model P-2000
Location B650 R
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.