Hourly instrument rates

Rates as of August 15, 2018. Lab reservations have a 30-minute minimum. These rates are subject to change.
Nighttime access is a flat rate equal to 3 hours of instrument time. After-hours access is available only to university researchers.

InstrumentStandard time/sampleInternal User RateExternal User Rate
(Federally funded)
External User Rate
(Industry and other)
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Hitachi S-4800 FESEM30 minutes$40.00/hour$61.00/hour$56.00/hour
Hitachi Tabletop TM3030 Plus tabletop SEM10 minutes$20.44/hour$31.28/hour$40.88/hour
Hitachi S-3000N SEM20 minutes$22.69/hour$34.71/hour$45.38/hour
X-ray Diffractometry (XRD)
Philips PANalytical X-Pert XRD1 hour$30.22/hour$46.24/hour$60.45/hour
Bruker D2 Phaser XRD1 hour$17.83/hour$27.27/hour$35.65/hour
Rigaku MiniFlex 600 XRD1 hour$18.00/hour$27.45/hour$36.00/hour
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
NETZSCH 3500 Sirius DSC1 hour$22.65/hour$34.66/hour$45.31/hour
DSC + Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
TA Instruments Discovery SDT 650 DSC/TGA2 hours$26.77/hour$40.96/hour$53.55/hour
TA Instruments SDT Q600 DSC/TGA2 hours$26.77/hour$40.82/hour$53.55/hour
Mechanical/Universal testing
Instron 5969 Mechanical tester10 minutes$26.70/hour$40.85/hour$53.40/hour
Anter Corporation workhorse IB Dilatometer7 hours$16.74/hour$25.61/hour$33.47/hour
Surface Area & Pore Analysis
Micromeritics ASAP 2020 surface area and pore analyzer5 hours$54.56/sample$83.20/sample$109.12/sample
Micromeritics 3Flex surface area and pore analyzer30 mins (for surface area only)$5.18/hour$7.87/hour$10.36/hour
Particle Size Analysis (PSA)
Beckman Coulter LS230 Particle Size Analyzer10 minutes$27.33/hour$41.81/hour$54.66/hour
Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis-NIR, FT-IR)
Perkin Elmer Lambda 950 UV-Vis-NIR10 minutes$21.58/hour$33.02/hour$43.16/hour
Shimadzu UV-3600 UV-Vis-NIR10 minutes$30.66/hour$46.76/hour$61.32/hour
Varian 3100 Excalibur FT-IR10 minutes$16.62/hour$25.43/hour$33.24/hour
Operator Assistance1 hour for most machine trainings$16.64/hour$25.46/hour$33.28/hour
Metallographic prep equipment (mounting press, polisher)1 hour$16.74/hour$25.61/hour$33.48/hour

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.