MSE Characterization Equipment Training, Access, and Cost

Equipment Training:

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

  1. Join iLab (see iLab section below for procedure)
  2. Carefully read our training policy, and fill out a training application:MSE Characterization Labs Training Policy and Procedure 10-20-2020. Please note the safety training classes to take on Learn@ISU.                                                                         **Due to COVID-19, in lieu of having your PI sign the form, you may CC your PI on the email in Step 3.
  3. Email your registration form to  
  4. MSE Lab Staff will contact you about a training time and inform you of any additional safety or equipment training required for the equipment you’ll use. 
  5. Meet for training with MSE Lab Staff (every user must be trained by MSE Lab Staff). 
  6. Fill out and submit a lab access form: Building/Room Access Request form. You will not be given access to the lab until all of your safety training is verified and equipment training is complete.

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): $20/hour

Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA): $20/hour

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA): $20/hour

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA): $20/hour

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC): $20/hour

Saw Cuts: $5/cut

Mounting: $7 per hour

Polishing: $7 per hour

Vibro-energy Mill: $1 per hour

Tensile Testing: $25/hour

Impact Testing: $2 per sample

Micro-hardness Testing: $22 per hour

Macro-hardness Testing: $5 per sample

FEI Inspect F50 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, silver, Pt/Pd

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

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

GPC: $10/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.