Service Center rates, which are updated annually, are grouped into four categories based on user types:

  1. Academic User: Any university faculty or staff client paying for services.
  2. External Member User: Industry client with a service contract of less than $10K.
  3. External Non-Member User: Industry client with a service contract of more than $10K.

For more information on membership, please contact Dr. Jacek Jasinski at 502-852-6338

Materials Characterization

2016-2017 Rates per hour

  TEM SEM UHV XRD Raman Other*
Academic Cost
Instrument Cost $127 $43 $62 $26 $23 $27
With Chief Scientist Operator $191 $107 $126 $90 $87 $91
With Scientist Operator $159 $75 $94 $58 $55 $59
Instrument cost after hours (for UofL users only):

after 5:00 p.m., Sat. & Sun.
$76 $26 $37 $16 $14 $16
External Member Cost
Instrument Cost $173 $58 $84 $35 $31 $37
With Chief Scientist Operator $260 $145 $171 $122 $118 $124
With Scientist Operator $217 $102 $128 $79 $75 $81
External Non-Member Cost
Instrument Cost $199 $67 $97 $40 $36 $43
With Chief Scientist Operator $299 $167 $197 $140 $136 $143
With Scientist Operator $249 $117 $147 $90 $86 $93
Operator Rate Table Chief Scientist Scientist
Academic User $64 $32
External Member User $87 $44
External Non-Member User $100 $50

* Other: DSC, TGA, TMA Thermal Analysis Instruments, FTIR, XRD Rigaku, Particle Size Analyzer, Sample Preparation Equipment

Cost Tracking:

Time will be logged for all users (everyone). Invoices will be sent out quarterly for payment.

Rules of Use:

Booking sessions:
Sessions are booked in 2-hour increments, one session at a time. Booking longer sessions requires approval of staff or director. If there is no user after your session, continue using the instrument by booking the next session.

Canceling sessions:
Cancellation shall be given no less than 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, a late cancelation fee will be charged to your account, unless you coordinate a user to take your session.

If you are more than 15 minutes late for a session, your session is forfeited and anyone can use the reminder of the session. This session will be considered a No-Show (it will be charged to you).

Users not showing up for scheduled sessions shall be charged for the session. However, users may still use empty sessions in the current day.

Session etiquette:
1)To work on the instrument unsupervised, users must be trained by a staff member.
2)Save data on your flash drive. The Materials Characterization Service Center, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, and the University of Louisville are not responsible for data.
3)All users shall “Log In” and “Log Out” in the Log Book.
4)Users must leave the instrument and its parts and/or the sample preparation table in clean condition ready for the next user. Do not leave white sticky tabs on tables. There is a trashcan available.
5)Sample preparation is done only on the table behind the Raman. Please dust off powder samples.

Special projects:
Special projects can be given additional consideration. Contact a staff member to discuss in detail.

Off campus users:
Off campus users must contact a staff member before using facility.

Staff members contact information:

Jacek Jasinski, PhD
Phone # (502)-852-6338; e-mail: jacek.jasinski@louisville.edu

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