Electron Microscopy Center – User Fee Schedule Starting July 1, 2017

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

User Type FEI Helios (FIB/SEM) FEI Quanta (SEM) Hitachi S-4300 (SEM) Zeiss EVO MA10 (SEM) JEOL 2010F (TEM)
Academic / Government (unassisted) $45 $42 $33 $21 $48
Academic / Government (assisted) $75 $57 $48 $36 $73
University of Kentucky (after hours) $30 $28 $22 $14 $32
For-profit Business (unassisted) $250 $160 $130 $100 $225
For-profit Business (assisted) $300 $200 $170 $140 $275



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 UK internal hourly rates will be lowered by 1/3 (i.e. 33.3%) for SEM and TEM work, and to $30 for the FIB/SEM.

Automated sessions: For the FIB-SEM, extended/automated session time will be billed at a reduced rate of $30 for universities and government users, and $60 for industry users.