User Fees

Pricelist – FY 2019

Electron Microscopy Center – User Fee Schedule Starting July 1, 2018

The following hourly rates apply to regular business hours (8am – 5pm weekdays):

User Type

Talos F200X


Helios Nanolab


Quanta 250


Hitachi S-4300




Academic / Government (unassisted) $48 $48 $42 $33 $15
Academic / Government (assisted) $78 $78 $57 $48 $30
University of Kentucky (after hours) $32 $32 $28 $22 $10
For-profit Business (unassisted) $250 $250 $130 $130 $100
For-profit Business (assisted) $300 $300 $200 $170


User Type K-Alpha (XPS) Xeuss 2.0 (SAXS)
Academic / Government (unassisted) $24 $12
Academic / Government (assisted) $49 $27
University of Kentucky (after hours) $16 $8
For-profit Business (unassisted) $200 $50
For-profit Business (assisted) $250 $100
User Type Academic Industry
EMC Staff labor rate (sample prep, data analysis, reports) $25 $50

Cancellation Policy

48 hours notice must be given to avoid any charges.
Less than 48 hours notice and someone fills your time, there is a two hour charge.
Less than 48 hours notice and no one fills your time, you are charged for your reserved time.

External Users

Users outside the University of Kentucky are encouraged to utilize our Center. EMC staff will provide training for external users, and/or will provide electron microscopy services by performing the characterization work and, if necessary, specimen preparation. See the pricing chart for outside users. In some cases outside users are required to bring a valid PO number in advance for the amount of time they have scheduled. In such cases it is best to fax the entire PO to Dali Qian in advance using the fax number 859-323-1929. Contact us to see if you are one of these. Typically, external users are not allowed to access the instruments unattended after normal working hours. Normally the information required on your arrival will be:

  • Account Number
  • Address where invoice is to be sent
  • Contact person in your business office who will handle this invoice
  • Your own contact information

For industrial users who require confidentiality and intellectual property agreements, please contact the EMC regarding this need.

Late Payment

 A 10% charge will be added to all accounts more than 60 days past due.

After hours

For after-hours & weekend use by experienced University of Kentucky operators only, the hourly rates for UK internal use will be lowered by 1/3 (33.3%) for all instruments.

Automated sessions

Automated session time (i.e. unattended and/or extended operation) will be billed at a reduced rate: academic and government users will be charged a rate equal to the after-hours rate for that instrument. For-profit companies will be charged a rate equal to twice the UK after-hours rate for SEM/TEM, and four times the UK after-hours rate for XPS/SAXS.