User Rates

For academic users there is a maximum fee per PI of $3000 / year (any number of group members). This cap is aimed at keeping user fees as low as feasible to encourage maximum usage of the instruments. Electron field emission guns (SEM/FIB and Tecnai) are left on continuously so they simply are wasted when nobody is using them. Their lifetimes are reduced with frequent on - off cycles.

Instrument University Users Company Users
Hitachi 8100 STEM $10/hour
Tecnai G2 STEM $15/hour $100/hour
Strata DB235 SEM/FIB
$15/hour $80/hour