Getting Started

The instrumentation within EMC are available to all researchers on a pay-per-use basis. There are three charging bands University of Illinois, Other Academic (other Universities, Hospitals and National Labs) and non-Academic (for-profit companies). Details of the charges can be found at the bottom of the Policies page.

In order to access the instruments all users must be registered with the RRC, and have an active RRC account number tied to a funding source (credit card, purchase order or for UIC users, a C-FOAPAL number).

For more information on setting up an RRC Profile and RRCAN (RRC Account Number), please visit this Page.

For occasional users we are able to offer full service; Please fill in the Service Request form, the sample drop off is by appointment only. Once the Service Request has been approved, send us your specimens with any relevant publications, protocols or information, and we will do the rest! However, if there is a significant number of specimens involved, we strongly suggest the researcher learn how to use the instruments themselves – we provide the training.

For regular users EMC will train you on the instruments you need for your research. Get in contact with the appropriate staff member to schedule training (Olivia Thomson – SEM (Hitachi S-3000N), Figen Seiler – Life Science TEM (JEOL JEM-1220) or Fengyuan Shi – Materials Science TEM (JEOL JEM-3010), Surface Science (XPS or Raman).

Users that need the high-resolution instruments (JEOL JSM-6320F or JEOL JEM-ARM200CF) must have sufficient previous microscopy experience on the Hitachi S-3000N or JEOL JEM-3010 respectively before training on the high-resolution instruments. Once trained users can book instrument time using UICore. For all other users, bookings should be made by e-mail or phone to the appropriate staff member (Figen for JEM-1220 TEM, Olivia for S-3000N VPSEM or JSM-6320F FESEM; Fengyuan or Alan for all other instruments.)

EMC Staff have the final say as to whether a specimen can be looked at on an EMC instrument, and what instrument should be used for a specific specimen. It is our responsibility to maintain the instrument in a working state for all EMC users. If we believe a specimen to be potential damage to the vacuum system or optics we will refuse access or insist the specimen be looked at in a different instrument. Specimens that may be unsuitable include magnetic specimens, wet or water containing specimens and specimens that will evaporate in a vacuum. If you are unsure about the suitability of a specimen please ask!

Please read the UICore manual to book time or services on EMC instruments, here.

Please check out our guide to the digital imaging ethics before publishing any work from EMC

We ask that Publications which result from research that made use of EMC instruments should include the following acknowledgment:

This work made use of instruments in the Electron Microscopy Core of UIC’s Research Resources Center