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.

Micro-Spectroscopy Workstation

The Micro-Spectroscopy Workstation is capable of providing both spectroscopic measurements and microscopic imaging of samples from functional nanomaterials to thin films to proteins. Built upon a Zeiss Axio Observer D1 inverted microscope, the workstation is equipped with two incident-light halogen lamp illuminators, a 100-Watt Hg lamp, and a Zeiss AxioCam MRC color CCD camera. In addition, three optical spectrometers, coupled to the microscope via multi-mode fiber optics, are available for micro-spectroscopic characterization (transmission, absorption, reflection, and fluorescence) with emission spectra ranging from UV-Vis (300-900 nm) to NIR (900-1700 nm). A dark-field condenser attached to the microscope is especially useful for studying the optical properties of nanomaterials through surface plasmon spectroscopy. The workstation is also equipped with an InGaAs focal plan array (FPA) NIR camera to image thermal and optical emission in the Near-Infrared (NIR) region. Micro-Raman spectroscopy with laser excitation of 531 and 647 nm.


  • AxioCam MRC color CCD camera: 1.4 megapixels, with a pixel size of 6.45 x 6.45 µm
  • Silicon PDA spectrometer (300-900 nm); NIR 128-element InGaAs array spectrometer (900-1700 nm); CCD thermoelectrically cooled high-sensitivity spectrometer (420-780 nm)
  • Alpha NIR camera with 320 x 256 InGaAs focal plane array (FPA) and spectral response from 900 to 1700 nm
  • Single-mode optical fiber with the 531-nm laser line
  • Brightfield, phase contrast, darkfield, and fluorescence microscopy
  • Absorption, transmission, reflection spectroscopy from UV-Vis to NIR
  • Micro-Raman spectroscopy with excitation at 531 and 647 nm

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

Primary Contacts
Manufacturer Carl Zeiss, Inc.
Equipment Model Axio Observer D1 Inverted Microscope
Location B606 A
Phone Numbers (217) 333-4387, (217) 265-5071, (217) 265-0875


* 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.