Microscopes, Spectrometers, and Triboindenter

 Hourly Rates Daytime Instrument Use Evening & Weekend Instrument Use (U-M Ann Arbor users only) Training/Operator Assistance Service Work
State of Michigan Academic Users $48 $39 


Non-Michigan Academic Users $62  $71  $110 
Industry or Non-Academic Users $161  $71  $150 

*Note: the training/assistance rate for the TF30 located in the Michigan Ion Beam Lab is $55/hr. All other rates are the same.

Sample Preparation Equipment


Coater  (per use)

PIPS (hourly)

State of Michigan Academic Users $9 $13
Non-Michigan Academic Users $15.50  $17
Industry or Non-Academic Users $25 $25 


-Daytime is defined as  Mon-Fri, 8:00-17:00.

-Rates for non-Michigan users include university indirect costs, which must be charged to outside users in accordance to the university’s fiscal policy.

-Rates for service and training/assistance by (MC)2 staff, when applicable, are in addition to the hourly rate for instrument use. The service work rate is for the performance of experiments or analyses by (MC)2 staff. 

-A one-hour minimum use charge applies to all sessions, even if less than one hour. This is at the daytime rate.

-Cancellation is allowed without charge 4+ hours in advance of the reservation time. The minimum use charge applies to a late cancellation. No-show/no-cancels are charged for the full reservation time. 

-Usage may be considered either the difference between log-in and log-out times, or the length of a scheduled reservation. Please contact staff before use if you have questions about which charge policy applies to each instrument.

An additional 2.7% fee applies for payments by credit cards.

-Triboindenter: Users requiring high temperature operation will be asked to bring their own tip.  

All publications including work performed or results obtained at (MC)2 should acknowledge the University of Michigan College of Engineering for financial support and the Michigan Center for Materials Characterization for use of the instruments and staff assistance.

Authorship or acknowledgements of specific (MC)2 staff member(s) should also be considered following accepted authorship guidelines and discussed with the appropriate staff member.