Microscopy Suite Fees

Fees/rates for use of equipment in the Microscopy Suite determined through analysis by Government Costing, University of Illinois. In effect starting October 1, 2017; subject to change.

Equipment / ServiceInternal
(University of Illinois System)
Internal w/F&AExternalExternal w/F&AUnit
Anton Paar Litesizer Particle-Sizing System$ 18.32$ 23.56$ 27.66$ 35.57hour
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)$ 22.39$ 28.79$ 80.70$ 103.78hour
Carbon Evaporator$ 6.31$ 8.11$ 287.20$ 369.34deposition
Critical Point Dryers$ 27.21$ 34.99$ 107.92 $ 138.79 use
Deben 5N/200N Tensile/Compression Stage$ 65.09$ 83.71$ 87.50$ 112.53hour
Dual Source Metal Evaporator$ 44.12$ 56.74$ 104.19$ 133.99per deposition∗
ESEM$ 55.11$ 70.87$ 120.06$ 154.40hour
Fiber/Micropipette Puller$ 3.64$ 4.68$ 14.38$ 18.49hour
Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) System$ 4.39$ 5.65$ 276.92 $ 356.12 hour
Fluorescence Microscope (Zeiss Axiovert ApoTome System)$ 9.22$ 11.86$ 25.10$ 32.28hour
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Microscope$ 4.97$ 6.39$ 105.88$ 136.16hour
Glow Discharge System (Denton DPG-1)$ 4.80$ 6.17$ 15.53$ 19.97hour
Horiba Confocal Raman Imaging System$ 10.82$ 13.91$ 51.73$ 66.52per hour
Hydrogen Plasma Cleaner$ 5.60$ 7.20$ 10.80$ 13.89per hour
Inspection Scope$ 4.84$ 6.22$ 61.73$ 79.38hour
Leica Confocal SP8$ 30.32$ 38.99$ 61.82 $ 79.50 hour
Low Speed Saw (Buehler IsoMet) $ 36.00$ 46.30$ 318.83$ 410.02per hour
Micro-Spectroscopy Workstation Zeiss Axio Observer.D1$ 7.87$ 10.12$ 98.93$ 127.22per hour
Micro/Nano X-ray Computed Tomography Scanning Systems
   Xradia BioCT$ 16.64$ 21.40$ 33.42$ 42.98hour
   Xradia MicroCT$ 16.64$ 21.40$ 39.79$ 51.17hour
   Xradia NanoCT**$ 7.47$ 9.61$ 199.47$ 256.52hour
Oxygen Plasma Cleaner$ 5.60$ 7.20$ 10.80$ 13.89per hour
Particle Sizers$ 4.42$ 5.68$ 44.21 $ 56.85 hour
Profilometer (P-6 Stylus Profilometer)$  3.64$  4.68 120.86  155.43 hour
Remote Stereology System$ 2.65$ 3.41per hour
Sputter Coaters$  7.00$  9.00$ 27.15$ 34.91per 100 seconds or less∗
Stereology Workstation$ 5.60$ 7.20$ 18.52$ 23.82hour
TEM$ 50.00 ***$ 64.30$ 124.36$ 159.93hour
Ultramicrotome (Leica UltraCut UCT)$ 26.23$ 33.73$ 72.45$ 93.17hour
Ultramicrotome (RMC UltraCut UCT)$ 26.23$ 33.73$ 72.45$ 93.17hour
Diamond Knife (use with UCT if available)$ 15.00$ 19.29$ 37.62$ 48.38hour
Zeiss SteREO Discovery.V20 Zoom Microscope w/Highspeed Camera $ 9.57$ 12.31$ 57.50$ 73.95hour
Training and Technical Assistance$ 23.55$ 30.29$ 344.26$ 442.72hour

Notes:

*To the fee for use is added 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.