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 July 1, 2018; subject to change.

Equipment / ServiceInternal
(University of Illinois System)
Internal w/F&AExternalExternal w/F&AUnit
Anton Paar Litesizer Particle-Sizing System$ 18.32$ 24.16$ 27.66$ 36.48hour
Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)$ 22.39$ 29.53$ 80.70$ 106.44hour
Carbon Evaporator$ 6.31$ 8.32$ 287.20$ 378.82per deposition
Critical Point Dryers$ 27.21$ 35.89$ 107.92 $ 142.35 use
CT Lab GX130$ 46.50$ 61.33$ 68.76 $ 90.69 hour
Deben 5N/200N Tensile/Compression Stage$ 65.09$ 85.85$ 87.50$ 115.41hour
Dual Source Metal Evaporator$ 44.12$ 58.19$ 104.19$ 137.43per deposition∗
ESEM$ 55.11$ 72.69$ 120.06$ 158.36hour
Fiber/Micropipette Puller$ 3.64$ 4.80$ 14.38$ 18.97hour
Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) System$ 4.39$ 5.79$ 276.92 $ 365.26 hour
Fluorescence Microscope (Zeiss Axiovert ApoTome System)$ 9.22$ 12.16$ 25.10$ 33.11hour
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Microscope$ 4.97$ 6.56$ 105.88$ 139.66hour
Glow Discharge System (Denton DPG-1)$ 4.80$ 6.33$ 15.53$ 20.48hour
High Pressure Freezing (pricing subject to change)$ 91.44$ 120.61$ 362.11$ 477.62hour
Horiba Confocal Raman Imaging System$ 10.82$ 14.27$ 51.73$ 68.23hour
Hydrogen Plasma Cleaner$ 5.60$ 7.39$ 10.80$ 14.25hour
Inspection Scope$ 4.84$ 6.38$ 61.73$ 81.42hour
Leica Confocal SP8$ 30.32$ 39.99$ 61.82 $ 81.54 hour
Low Speed Saw (Buehler IsoMet) $ 36.00$ 47.48$ 318.83$ 420.54hour
Micro-Spectroscopy Workstation Zeiss Axio Observer.D1$ 7.87$ 10.38$ 98.93$ 130.49hour
Micro/Nano X-ray Computed Tomography Scanning Systems
   Xradia BioCT$ 16.64$ 21.95$ 33.42$ 44.08hour
   Xradia MicroCT$ 16.64$ 21.95$ 39.79$ 52.48hour
Nano 3DX$ 76.12$ 100.40$ 93.20$ 122.93hour
Nanosight NS300$ 70.46$ 92.94$ 96.32$ 127.05hour
Oxygen Plasma Cleaner$ 5.60$ 7.39$ 10.80$ 14.25hour
Particle Sizers$ 4.42$ 5.83$ 44.21 $ 58.31 hour
Profilometer (P-6 Stylus Profilometer)$  3.64$  4.80 120.86  159.41 hour
Remote Stereology System$ 2.65$ 3.50hour
Sputter Coaters$  7.00$  9.23$ 27.15$ 35.81per 100 seconds or less∗
Stereology Workstation$ 5.60$ 7.20$ 18.52$ 24.43hour
TEM***$ 50.00 **$ 65.95$ 124.36$ 164.03hour
Ultramicrotome (Leica UltraCut UCT)$ 26.23$ 34.60$ 72.45$ 95.56hour
Ultramicrotome (RMC UltraCut UCT)$ 26.23$ 34.60$ 72.45$ 95.56hour
Diamond Knife (use with UCT if available)$ 15.00$ 19.79$ 37.62$ 49.62hour
Zeiss SteREO Discovery.V20 Zoom Microscope w/Highspeed Camera $ 9.57$ 12.62$ 57.50$ 75.84hour
Training and Technical Assistance$ 23.55$ 31.06$ 344.26$ 454.08hour

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 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.

***TEM sample prep, when performed by Microscopy Suite Staff, will be charged based on the times listed below. Staff time is charged at $23.55/hour: