The SAL is open to serve your research needs. Members can access instruments, or have their samples analyzed.
New safety protocols in place: masks are required, social distancing in place, and sanitization of lab and equipment is regularly performed.
SAL staff will work with you and address your concerns regarding safety operations within the lab.
For more details, please contact: Brian Van Devener (


March 2021

Lower SEM rates! $15/hr for on-campus members (nighttime and weekends).

Starting March 1st, we are offering lower rates on the Quanta SEM!
For night use (M-F 7 pm - 6 am) and weekends (Sat - Sun all day), the rate will be just $15/hr for trained, U of U members. M-F daytime (6am - 7 pm) rates will remain at $40/hr.

Note 1: Off-campus academic rates will be $23/hr nights and weekends, and $61/hr daytime hours
Note 2: Industry rates will be $30/hr nights and weekends, and $80/hr daytime hours

Please contact Brian Van Devener ( if you have any questions.

February 2021

New, simplified, one-on-one training modules for STEM and SEM!
We’ve developed new, simplified training modules for the JEOL 2800 STEM and Quanta SEM. We designed these new modules to make training more efficient (and less expensive to you too!). Save time without compromising results.

For more information, please contact: Brian Van Devener (

August 2020

We are pleased to announce new reduced rates on the following instruments in the SAL:

Quanta SEM - $40/hr(prev. $42/hr)
Bruker AFM - $25/hr(prev. $29/hr)

These are on-campus academic rates. Off-campus academic rates and industry rates are 52.5% and 2x higher respectively.
In addition, we now offer a special overnight rate for automated runs on the Nanoindenter.
For details, please contact: Brian Van Devener (
Thank you all for your continued support of the facility during these unprecedented times. We hope that these new lower rates serve you well and help support your research.

Stay healthy, stay safe.

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