These rates do not include sample stubs, fixation chemicals, and other consumables.  The minimum sign-up time is 1 hour. Usage exceeding the booked time will be charged in units of 15 minutes. Cancellation is acceptable by 5 PM, the day before the appointment.
Please contact the facility manager for Training, if you plan to become a qualified user to run your own samples.
A user must pass tests to be qualified to use the instrument with minimum assistance.  Only qualified user can access online scheduling.
Re-qualification is required if the user has not operated the instruments for 6 months or more.

Quanta FEG 650 (SEM)

Hourly fee:
$24/h: new user training (with College and research office subsidy*).
$70/h: new user training (without College and research office subsidy*).
$70/h: re-qualification.
$48 /h: qualified user operation.
$70 /h: facility staff operation.

Demo and project:
$70/h: Demo and projects must be run by MCF staff or a qualified user.  The instructor has to provide an account number to pay for hourly charges.

Scheduling: Please contact facility manager FenAnn Shen at fenann.shen@usu.edu or 435-7978560.

*New users from the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Agriculture can receive the subsidized training rate. If you are not affiliated with one of these colleges, please contact the Associate VP for Research, Alexa Sand at alexa.sand@usu.edu,  with the details of your need for training.

SDL work will be carried out by Facility staff at the posted rates.

$97/h: SDL/USU research foundation.

Scheduling: Please contact facility manager FenAnn Shen at fenann.shen@usu.edu or 435-7978560.

$150/h: new user training.

$97/h: qualified user operation.

$150/h: facility staff operation.

Scheduling: Please contact facility manager FenAnn Shen at fenann.shen@usu.edu or 435-7978560.

Other Charges

High vacuum sputter coating at P ≲ 3 x 10-5 mbar of Au or Au/Pd (60:40) up to 10 nm thickness, or C up to 25 nm.  All specimen can be placed up to a 4-inch-diameter sample holder for each run.

$35/run for USU researchers.

$75/run for all others.

User prepared samples must be approved by the staff to avoid damaging the tool.

$35/run for USU researchers.

$75/run for all others.

One can load up to 12 (diameter <= 7 mm) specimen, or 10 (diameter 9-13 mm) glass cover slips, 5 (1 cm x 1 cm) die, or 1 (diameter = 1 inch) specimen.

User prepared samples must be approved by the staff to avoid damaging the tool.

Machine time: minimum charge is 1 hour.
$30/h for USU researchers.
$55/h for all others.

Material Unit price
1 inch epoxy mount $3.00
CarbiMet abrasive paper $1.50
Micro cloth, 8 inch $6.00
Micro cloth, 12 inch $8.00
Trident cloth, 8 inch $9.00
Polishing Diamond suspension, 9, 3 and 1 µm $6.00
Polishing Alumina suspension, 0.05 µm $2.00
Vibratory Polishing suspension, Alumina or Silica $17.00

User prepared samples must be approved by the staff to avoid damaging the tool.

Material Unit price
SEM 12.7 mm pin mount $0.40
SEM storage tube for 12.7 mm pin mount $0.65
SEM 25.4 mm pin mount $2.85
SEM storage tube for 25.4 mm pin mount $3.50
SEM Paper storage box $1.50
SEM large storage box and holder $12.00
TEM lacey grid $3.50
Aqueous Glutaraldehyde EM Grade 50% , 10mL $4.40
HEPES Buffer, 12 g powder $32.90