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.

NanoSight NS300


The Malvern NanoSight NS300 is a revolutionary dynamic light-scattering particle-sizing system that is capable of measuring particle size distribution and concentration in aqueous solutions. Rather than employing photodetectors (such as photomultiplier tubes [PMTs] or avalanche photodiodes [APDs]) to measure light scattering, the N300 utilizes a high-sensitivity video camera to track the Brownian motion of particles in solution. With a 488-nm laser light source and fluorescent filters, the N300 can easily target specific fluorescent particles, with a particle size range of 10 to 2000 nm and a range of concentrations from 1 x 10^6 to 1 x 10^9/ml.


- Simultaneous measurement of multiple characteristics, saving time and sample volume
- Visual validation of results gives extra confidence
- Minimal sample preparation
- On board temperature control
- Choice of laser wavelengths

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

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Malvern Panalytical
Equipment Model NanoSight NS300
Location B674
Phone Numbers (217) 265-0875, (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.