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Services and charges

A list of instrument charges

University of Cambridge all Departments and other academic establishments

Instrument£ per hour
SEM FEI Verios 460 56
TEM FEI Tecnai G2 (T20) 80-200kv 58
TriM Scope II multiphoton (first 6 hours) 35
TriM Scope II multiphoton (after 6 hours continuous use) 21
Upright light sheet microscope (first 6 hours) 30
Upright light sheet microscope (after 6 hours continuous use) 20
Multiview light Sheet microscope (mSPIM) 30
Confocal microscope Leica SP8 (advanced & core) 25
Leica LMD 600 laser microdissection 20
Workstation 1 with Imaris 8 (Windows7, 32GB RAM) 3
Workstation 2 (Windows7, 32GB RAM) Free
Workstation 3 (Ubuntu 14.04, 32GB RAM) Free
Workstation 4 (Windows7, 32GB RAM) Free
Sample preparation - TEM  Charge
Sectioning of resin embedded samples  £50 per hour
TEM osmication and resin embedding £400*
Sample preparation - SEM
Critical point drying Quorum E3000 £60*
Fix dehydrate CPD sputter £100*
Freeze drying, metal or carbon coating £100*
SEM sample preparation Au/Ir sputter coat £35*
Carbon film coated 400 mesh Cu grid £2 per grid
Holey carbon film Cu 400 mesh grid £3 per grid
Nickel grid (400 square mesh - formvar coated) £3 per grid
Glow discharge run £15 per run*

 * Sample preparation services are run in batches. The number of samples per run/batch are detailed below. Please note we cannot perform services at lower charges for smaller number of samples as the time and steps required are the same.

  • Osmication and embedding - 6 samples per order.
  • Critical point drying - Between 6 (medium samples 0.5x1x1cm) or 13 (small 0.5x0.5x0.5cm) samples.
  • Freeze drying -  6 to 8 samples per run depending on sample size.
  • Sputter coat - up to 8-10 samples depending on SEM stub size.

Please contact  for advice and consulting service for EM experiments.

All requests for services must be accompanied with an appropriate active grant number, cost-centre or Purchase Order entered through our booking system, PPMS. Charges do not include VAT.


External and industry user charges

The above charges are for internal usage - please contact us for a quote for external work.


Online booking

To use our online booking system you will first need to register (preferably with your CRSid if you have one).

To book a microscope you will then need to be trained to use it. Please fill out a training request form for the relevant microscope if you think you will require it.

Finally we will require you to register your project details which you will be using the microscope for.

Once you have registered, been trained and logged your project details you will be free to book the microscopes when they are available.

Please book through our online booking service.