Hourly instrument rates

Rates as of March 5, 2021. Lab reservations have a 15-minute minimum. These rates are subject to change.

InstrumentInternal User RateAfter Hours Rate*External User Rate
(Federally funded)
External User Rate
(Industry and other)
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Hitachi Tabletop TM3030 Plus tabletop SEM$31.31$8.57$47.75$62.63
Hitachi S-3000N SEM$33.25$7.77$50.71$66.50
X-ray Diffractometry (XRD)
Philips PANalytical X-Pert XRD$40.90$12.16$62.37$81.80
Bruker D2 Phaser XRD$27.83$4.63$42.43$55.65
Thermal Analysis (DSC/TGA)
NETZSCH 3500 Sirius DSC$32.81$11.62$50.03$65.62
TA Instruments Discovery SDT 650 DSC/TGA$17.49$12.03$26.67$34.98
Physical properties testing
Instron 5969 Mechanical tester$36.71$10.87$55.98$73.41
Anter Corporation workhorse IB Dilatometer$7.38$0.83$11.25$14.76
Micromeritics 3Flex surface area and pore analyzer$7.60$2.36$11.59$15.20
Beckman Coulter LS230 Particle Size Analyzer$25.83$4.00$39.39$51.65
Anton Paar Ultrapyc 5000$36.87$4.12$56.22$73.73
Perkin Elmer Lambda 950 UV-Vis-NIR$31.74$8.54$48.40$63.47
Varian 3100 Excalibur FT-IR$27.33$4.59$41.68$54.66
Technician Assistance$24.04Not Available$36.66$48.08
Metallographic prep equipment (mounting press, polisher)$27.17Not Available$41.44$54.35

* After-hours availability

After-hours rates are applicable to any machine or test running after closing at 5:00 pm.

All users are authorized to use overnight access for machines that have an autosampler (DSC, TGA) or that can run long scans (XRD, 3Flex) as long as their scan is started at least 30 minutes before closing on a day that the lab is open. Off-campus users' off-campus rates will be double what is posted above.

All other machines (SEM, Spectrophotometers, etc.) can only be reserved for overnight use by trained, on-campus individuals.

More information can be found on our policies page.

By-use Charges

Rates as of August 15, 2018. These rates are subject to change.

Individual ChargesInternal User RateExternal User Rate
(Federally funded)
External User Rate
(Industry and other)
Gold Sputter (per 60 seconds)$15.00$15.00$15.00
Lost Key$50.00N/AN/A
Polishing/Grinding consumablesContact lab directlyContact lab directlyContact lab directly
Equipment Training1 hr operator + 1 hr instrument time1 hr operator + 1 hr instrument time1 hr operator + 1 hr instrument time
Nighttime access training1 hr operator asssistanceN/AN/A

The MCL rates were last updated August 15, 2018, and are subject to change.