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  • Below are the hourly rates for the instruments operated by the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (I²AT) in accordance with Mississippi State University's service center policies and federal guidelines. Instrument rates do not include the costs for training, operation or assistance by Instrument Managers. If your project requires manager assistance for sample preparation and/or imaging, an additional hourly charge will be incurred at the indicated Manager Rates indicated below.
  • If you are a Mississippi State University (MSU) researcher, faculty or student you will be charged at the internal rates. If you are not an MSU internal customer and your project is Federally Funded, you are eligible to use the "Other Academic" rates with documentation certifying your project is Federally Funded.
  • Costs are evaluated every six (6) months. Posted rates below will be in effect until 31 December 2021.
  • We strive to keep our instruments in top operating condition! None of our instruments require excessive force to load samples or to operate. If you are having problems, STOP and contact one of the Instrument Managers.
  • If an instrument is damaged as result of any form of abuse by a user, your account will be charged for repairs

Manager Rates (hourly USD) Internal Other Academic External
Instrument Training, Operation or Assistance $60.00 $87.00 $120.00
Sample Preparation $60.00 $87.00 $120.00
Training $60.00 $87.00 $120.00
Instrument Location Facility Internal Other Academic External Comments
MRI GE Signa EXCITE 3.0 Tesla MRI Hwy182W $600.00 $873.00 $900.00
SEM Joel 6500 ClayLyle I²AT $50.00 $73.00 $100.00
Oxford EBSD (JEOL 6500) ClayLyle I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Oxford EDS (JEOL 6500) ClayLyle I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Ziess Evo-50 ClayLyle I²AT $50.00 $73.00 $100.00
Bruker EDS (Zeiss EVO-50) ClayLyle I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Insitu Test Fixture (Zeiss EVO-50) ClayLyle I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Gatan CL Detector (Zeiss EVO-50) ClayLyle I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Ziess Supra-40 CAVS I²AT $50.00 $73.00 $100.00 Must reserve SEM
EDAX EBSD (Supra 40) CAVS I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
EDAX EDS (Supra 40) CAVS I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Insitu Test Fixture (Supra-40) CAVS I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
Kammrath-Weiss bending module CAVS I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve SEM
HitachiTM-1000 ClayLyle I²AT $50.00 $73.00 $100.00
TEM JEOL 1230 ClayLyle I²AT $65.00 $95.00 $130.00
JEOL 2100 ClayLyle I²AT $65.00 $95.00 $130.00
Oxford EDS (JEOL 2100) ClayLyle I²AT $35.00 $51.00 $70.00 Must reserve TEM
X-RAY Smartlab X-Ray Diffractometer ClayLyle I²AT $30.00 $44.00 $60.00
Ultima III X-Ray Diffractometer ClayLyle I²AT $30.00 $44.00 $60.00
Nikon XTH225ST X-Ray MicroCT CAVS I²AT $75.00 $109.00 $150.00
AFM Dimension Icon ClayLyle I²AT $30.00 $44.00 $60.00
Catalyst ClayLyle I²AT $30.00 $44.00 $60.00
Caliber ClayLyle I²AT $30.00 $44.00 $60.00
MicroAnalytics Taylor Hobson CLI 2100 CAVS CAVS $30.00 $44.00 $60.00
RSA-G2 SolidsAnalyzer, TA Instruments CAVS CAVS $50.00 $73.00 $100.00
ARES-G2 Rheometer, TA Instruments CAVS CAVS $20.00 $29.00 $40.00
UniTherm 1161 Dilatometer CAVS CAVS $25.00 $36.00 $50.00
Microscopes Confocal LSM510 ClayLyle I²AT $50.00 $73.00 $100.00
Zeiss AXIOvert 200 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Z1 Microscope ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Keyance VHX7000 CAVS I²AT $25.00 $36.00 $50.00
Sample Preparation
The prices for sample preparation are calculated based on the current cost of the consumbables required to prepare the samples and the time involved.
The cost of preparation equipment use is based on the cost of operation, repair and maintenance.
Please call for consultation for large scale or batch sample preparation (662-325-3019)
The cost for imaging is in addition to sample preparation will be an additional charge as indicated above.
Instrument Location Facility Internal Other Academic External Comments
Biological TEM Sample Preparation
Preparation by PI ClayLyle I²AT $25.00 $36.00 $45.00 Plus supplies
Preparation by I²AT Manager ClayLyle I²AT $235.00 $342.00 $350.00 Plus supplies
Biological SEM Sample Preparation
Preparation by PI ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Plus supplies
Preparation by I²AT Manager ClayLyle I²AT $130.00 $189.00 $250.00 Plus supplies
Material TEM Sample Preparation
Preparation by PI ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Plus supplies
Preparation by I²AT Manager ClayLyle I²AT $60.00 $87.00 $120.00 Plus supplies
Preparation by PI CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Plus supplies
Preparation by I²AT Manager CAVS I²AT $60.00 $87.00 $120.00 Plus supplies
Material SEM Sample Preparation
Preparation by PI ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Preparation by I²AT Manager ClayLyle I²AT $60.00 $87.00 $120.00 Plus supplies
Preparation by PI CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00
Preparation by I²AT Manager CAVS I²AT $60.00 $87.00 $120.00 Plus supplies
Instrument Location Facility Internal Other Academic External Comments
Sample Preparation Leica Ion Mill RES102 ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Per hour plus Argon required
Leica Ion MillEM TIC 3X ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Per hour plus gas required
Fishcone Low Angle Ion Mill ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Per hour plus gas required
Sputter coater ClayLyle I²AT $15.00 $22.00 $30.00 Per use (Call for consultation)
Quorum Sputter Coater CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Per use (Call for consultation)
Reichert- Jung Microtome ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Diamond knife available $10
Critical Point Dryer ClayLyle I²AT $15.00 $22.00 $30.00 Per use (Call for consultation)
Dimpling Grinder ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Per use (Call for consultation)
SBT Diamond Wheel Saw Model 650 ClayLyle I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Broken blades will be charged
Struers LabPress-1 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Per use [15 min]
Struers LaboPol-4 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Polishing compound $5.00 per kit
Struers LaboPol-2 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Polishing compound $5.00 per kit
Struers TegraPol-11 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Polishing compound $5.00 per kit
Struers LectroPol-5 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Polishing compound $5.00 per kit
Struers Labotom-3 CAVS I²AT $15.00 $22.00 $30.00 Polishing compound $5.00 per kit
Buehler VibroMet 2 CAVS I²AT $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 Polishing compound $5.00 per kit
Struers Minitom Diamond Saw CAVS I²AT $15.00 $22.00 $30.00 Broken blades will be charged
  • "Cancellation Fee" --> Users will be automatically logged on the instrument according to the reservations made by the user if not canceled at least two (2) hours prior to the reservation. If the reservation is cancelled within the 2-hour limit of the reservation, a charge for one hour at the associated rate for that instrument will be incurred.
  • "No-Show Fee" --> Users that fail to show for a reservation and no attempt at cancelation prior to the reservation will result in a charge equal the reserved time at the associated rate for that instrument.
  • "Forgot to log-off fee" --> Users that forget to log-off will be charge for time the instrument is under their log-in at the rate associated with that instrument. The FOM system will send an email notification to the user 10 and 15 minutes after the reserved time ends. After 1-hour elapses past the end of reserved time, FOM will log the user off. The user will be responsible for all charges related to failure to log off.

Large volume sample preparation rates are available, call for a quote.
For any inquiry regarding the above services please contact us at (662) 325-3019.

Light Microscopy Services:

Users will be charged actual costs for supplies (per slide) and for staff time (trimming block, cutting sections, mounting, staining, processing, etc.). Contact I²AT for price quotes.

Instrument rates:

All registered users are subject to a user fee. I²AT function as nonprofit business, funding operations through fees from users. I²AT rates are computed on the Cost Principles located in Uniform Guidance. Charges to federal grants/contracts will not subsidize instruments or other users. User classes are listed below.

  1. Internal – for users paying with MSU accounts (Banner).
    • MSU researcher user paying with MSU and federal funds
  2. Other Academic
    • Academic users external to MSU not using federal fund (must provide documentation if using federal funds).
  3. External
    • Non-Academic users external to MSU in the manufacturing/technically productive/general business industry.
JEOL 2100 - 200keV TEM Operation and Technical Fees

Because of the complexity of this instrument I²AT management anticipates the need for approximately four (4) hours of "training". Users will be charged for "beam time" and technician services during this training. When the instrument manager or technician determines that the user has achieved sufficient capabilities in the operation of the instrument, only the time needed for training and “beam time” will be charged at the combined rate. Only “beam time” will be charged if no further technical assistance is needed.

Hourly MRI Use Fee

Users will be charged a minimum of one hour for the first hour, then in 15 minute increments for any time over the initial hour. Please note: Time is assessed by MR room time and NOT by scan time alone. MR room time is defined as the amount of time the MR area is not available for other clinical or research project. MR room time includes the time it takes to set up the room and protocol, prepare the subject, reconstruct the MR images, and clean up.

For Animal Procedures: Contrast costs are $75 per subject.

Animal MRI Procedures

IACUC standards require specific cleaning practices to take place prior to any animal research activities. We cannot guarantee admittance to the animal bay area before 5:30 p.m. Please keep this in mind when scheduling the MR for animal subjects that require preparation time (e.g. anesthesia). If you schedule an MR for 5:30 p.m. for an animal subject that requires use of the animal bay area and you would like to prepare the animal for MR prior to 5:30 p.m., you can call ahead (662-325-3019) to check whether the area is ready prior to 5:30 p.m.