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Access and Rates

MEM·C’s resources are available to all qualified users affiliated with the University of Washington, other educational institutions, and private industry. Most users of the facility are trained by experienced superusers to perform their own experiments, but if you need an especially sensitive instrument or only have several samples, it may be more efficient to have the superuser run the experiment for you. We recommend contacting a superuser before starting the registration process.

Instructions for New Users

There are three steps to get access to the facility: Registration, Orientation, and Training.

Registration: Prospective researchers and their PIs/administrators first need to register with us through the “New User Registration” link (https://www.coral.washington.edu/tomcat/CORAL/MEMC.html?mode=register). The registration wizard will ask for your role in the project, contact & billing information, and a brief description of the project to help our staff provide the best assistance possible. Once you finish the registration, an account will be created for you in Coral, our reservation and billing system.

Orientation: In addition to UW safety training, all hands-on researchers working in our laboratory are required to complete a free 30-minute new user orientation before instrument-specific training can begin. Contact a staff member to arrange the new user orientation. Safety training and orientation are not required for remote/staff-assisted users.

Request Training or Instrument Time: After you have completed registration and orientation, contact the staff member in charge of the instrument you would like to use to set up either a training session (hands-on users) or a time to run your samples (remote/staff assisted users).

If you are unsure whether instrument training is the best option, or would like help choosing the best instrument for your needs, we invite you to contact our staff directly for consultation.


MEM·C Facilities Map

Hourly Instrument Rates (effective 09/01/2022)

Instrument UW Internal External Non-Profit External For-Profit
2D Glove Box $ 1.66 $ 5.10 $ 46.44
Edge AFM $ 1.66 $ 9.07 $ 100.00
Icon AFM $ 3.03 $ 10.43 $ 100.00
Edinburgh Spectrometer $ 2.05 $ 9.28 $ 97.57
Discover SP Microwave System (CEM) $ 3.09 $ 5.98 $ 39.06
High-Pressure Spectroscopy (DAC) $ 12.42 $ 17.55 $ 69.23
Inert-Atmosphere X-Ray Spectrometer (Phosphotron) $ 1.65 $ 7.16 $ 74.43
Isothermal Titration Calorimeter (ITC) $ 3.11 $ 9.12 $ 81.17
Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) $ 1.49 $ 5.59 $ 55.29
Thermal Evaporator $ 1.50 $ 4.04 $ 34.29
Small-angle Scattering (SAXS) $ 9.54 $ 16.95 $ 100.00

Financial Assistance Program

MEM·C can now offer financial support to supplement user fees, in the spirit of MRFN’s financial assistance program. There are no restrictions on eligibility to apply, though this is intended primarily for those who are not long-standing MSF users. We particularly encourage applications from prospective users outside MEM·C and off-campus, and from researchers based at primarily undergraduate institutions and minority-serving institutions. If you are interested, or have any questions, please email our Research Coordinator, Kelly Olenyik, olen@uw.edu, who will connect you with MEM·C’s shared facilities committee to discuss your needs.

Policies and User Agreements