Electron Microscopy Centre

User Fees

All EMC clients will be levied a nominal fee as partial cost recovery toward the operation and maintenance of EMC facilites.  Charges for work performed by EMC staff (e.g. additional help on a project) may be higher than for the cost of equipment use rate alone.  There is a minimum charge for 0.5 hour charge, after which time suitable increments (per beam hour) will be charged.  As of May 1, 2011, New EMC user fees will apply to all users.  The user fee structure as approved by the Dean's Office is as follows:

Equipment and Services Rate 
  User Operation Technician Service Operation
  Internal Academic Academic Industiral
TESCAN MIRA3 FE-SEM
SEM digital imaging, including SE, BSE, CL and EDS analyses (fee/per hour) $20.00 $20.00 $40.00 $65.00
EM Sample Preparation
Carbon Coater (fee/run) $10.00 $10.00 $20.00 $20.00
Sputter Coater (fee/run) $10.00 $10.00 $20.00 $20.00
  • Users who plan to operate the EMC equipments are required to take a training session.
  • Re-training is required for users who obtained training but were not able to operate the EM facilities within 6 months of orientation.
  • External users must obtain prior approval form the Dean of Science to operate the EM facilities.
  • Fees may be adjusted nominally over time. A current fee schedule will be posted on the EMC website.

To download a PDF format user fee schedule, please click here.