MSE Characterization Equipment Training, Access, and Cost

Equipment Training:

If you wish to use any MSE characterization equipment, you must do the following: 

  1. Read our training policy and fill out a training application: MSE Characterization Labs Training Policy and Procedure
  2. Join iLab (see below for procedure)
  3. Fill out and submit a lab access form: Building/Room Access Request form
  4. Contact MSE Lab Staff at to schedule training.
  5. Email your training application to your trainer before your training session.
  6. Meet for training with MSE Lab Staff (every user must be trained by MSE Lab Staff). 

If you have any questions, please contact the Lab Supervisor, Michelle Grawe


MSE is now using iLab for equipment scheduling and billing. Please register for an account following the SOP’s below. You can find the website through your Okta portal (you can add the iLab app) or here:

iLab SOP’s:

Internal Costs

Technician costs for all MSE and internal Iowa State users is an additional $40/hour

Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA): $30/hour

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA): $30/hour

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): $30/hour

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA): $30/hour

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): $30/hour

Diamond Saw Cuts: $5/cut

Mounting, Polishing, and/or Etching: $20 per hour

Tensile Testing: $38/hour

Impact Testing: $2 per sample

Micro-hardness Testing: $22 per hour

Macro-hardness Testing: $10 per sample

FEI Inspect F50 Scanning Electron Microscope: $48/hour

JEOL Scanning Electron Microscope: $48/hour

Optical Microscopy: $10/hour

Technician cost is $40/hour additional charge

Our high-temperature furnace designations: 46100, 54500, 46200, 59300
All other designations are low-temperature furnaces

High temperature (over 1100C) $3/hour

Low temperature: $3/hour

Longer runs are capped at $200

X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD): $15/hour, one-hour minimum

Sputter Coating Device: $10 per run, gold or silver

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-vis: $10/hour, one-hour minimum

3D Printer: $2/meter filament fee + $5 sign in fee

GPC: $24/hour, one-hour minimum

Zetasizer: $10/hour, one-hour minimum

Lab Chemicals/Supplies: As used

Miscellaneous equipment: Cost is as agreed upon by user and Lab Coordinator

External Costs

Equipment listed on the shared labs webpage may be available to those outside of the university/industry partners depending on current lab capacity. Please contact for questions or inquiries. 

External rates are double the listed internal rates. 

Technician assistance for all external users is an additional $80/hour.