(Effective for 4/1/16 to 3/31/18, tentative)

For University of Connecticut users:

Electron microscopy projects can be carried out either by BEML staff or by trained users, or by a combination of the two, with fees prorated accordingly.  Training outside of regularly scheduled courses is charged at the assisted rate.  In the list that follows, rates (most items rounded to nearest dollar) are given as assisted /unassisted:


Transmission Electron Microscopy

Tecnai12 Biotwin: per hour – $77/$38

Fixation, osmication, dehydration, embedding, typical*: per first sample – $120/$36; per additional sample, up to five – $21/$7

Microtomy** and staining, typical*: per block (assisted includes diamond surcharge) – $76/$8

Negative staining (assisted only, if two grids per sample are prepared): per first sample – $39; per additional sample – $9

Cryoultramicrotomy: first 3 hrs – $117/$62; per additional hr – $17/$6

Plasma cleaner: per run – $1.79 (free if viewed in our facility)

Immuno electron microscopy: rates depend on procedures; please consult staff.


Scanning Electron Microscopy

Nova NanoSEM with Oxford EDX: per hour – $78/$37 

Surcharge for use of the cryostage and cryo prep unit: per 3 hour session – $76 (assisted or unassisted)

Fixation, osmication, dehydration: per first sample – $84/$27;  per additional sample, up to five – $14/$5

Critical point drying: per run – $32/$15

Sputter coating: per first minute – $16/$5; per additional minute – $1.15/$1.15

Staff assistance, per hour: $22

stubs: $0.23 each

boxes: $2.89 large, $2.45 small


* if sample preparation is unusually difficult, the assisted charge will be increased accordingly.

**add $9 per block for mounting sections on slot grids.

We calculate usage cost as a whole for each research lab, and the invoices along with detailed cost breakdowns are sent out twice per year, one for the April-September billing cycle and the other for October-March billing cycle. We can also provide an invoice at you request for your desired cut-off date with one-week notice, for scenarios like the grant/account you want to use to cover the BEML invoice will expire soon.

For more questions about rates/estimate (e.g. for external users), or information about other services, user training, or courses, please contact us.