Fees and Scheduling

Internal Academic Users 

Internal Academic Rates - Effective FY22/23 (July 20th, 2022)

  • Day rate (24 hrs): $792.28/day
  • Hourly rate: $99.03/hr
  • Operator time (see below): $45.43/hr

The fees above apply to users from the University of Minnesota. These fees are charged to cover maintenance, supply, and personnel costs related to the lab and its equipment.

The fees for "day rate" and "hourly rate" listed above are for "instrument time" only. An additional surcharge may be incurred ($45.43/hr) for "operator time" when assistance is provided by the laboratory manager either during or outside of a session (including assistance with data processing). The day rate doesn't include operator assistance, and the final cost of an analytical session will consist of the appropriate instrument rate in addition to operator time.

Instrument time charges begin at the time the microprobe was signed up for and ends when a user logs out. Please also note the Cancellation, Late, and No-Show Policies.

Internal academic daytime rates are billed in half-hour (30-minute) increments. 

Acceptance of academic rates includes acceptance of our policy on acknowledgement in publication -- all users must familiarize themselves with this policy. Academic rates do not apply to professors, researchers, or students doing analytical work for a company. Under these circumstances, either (1) fees can be assessed at the commercial rate to the researcher or (2) the company can be billed directly.

External Academic/Commercial Users & Service Policies

External Academic/Commercial "fee-for-service" rate: (Effective FY22/23 (July 20th, 2022))

  • Day rate (24 hrs): $1,307.26/day
  • Hourly rate: $163.40/hr
  • Operator time (see below): $74.96/hr
  • External Academic/Commercial rates are billed in quarter-hour (15-minute) increments.

We strive to keep instrument and staff-time fees consistent with analytical services market. We are happy to discuss cost estimates for analytical work with potential customers, and any initial discussions are free of charge.

The fees for "day rate" and "hourly rate" listed above reflects "instrument time" but includes 4 hours of data processing, image processing, and report writing. Additional charges may be incurred ($74.96/hr) for data processing and report writing (clients will be consulted before these additional fees are assessed).


Fees for Carbon and Metal Coats

  • Carbon coats done by certified users: $23.45/batch (internal UMN users)
  • external users: $38.69/batch

Users interested in receiving training on the lab's carbon coaters should contact the lab manager. Users with an account at the University of Minnesota's Characterization Facility can have their samples coated by their staff: leave samples in Room 65 in the Characterization Facility at least 24 hours before your scheduled session, and ask the staff to coat the samples with a carbon layer about 120 Angstroms thick.