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2021 Rates

John de Laeter Centre Services and Price List (2021) Curtin Researcher/MOU User Costs Collaborative Partner Costs
Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP)
SHRIMP Usage (10 hour day; 2 U-Pb ages per day) $1,875 $2,130
SHRIMP Night Runner (per hour) $55 $75
Weekend/Public Holiday (experienced users only; per day) $1,035 $1,250
Setup costs (per day) $140 $170
Gold coating (per sample) $20 $25
Mount preparation (per sample by prior arrangement) N/A $220
Laser Ablation Mass Spectrometry
LA-SC-ICPMS (QMS – 7700 per day) $1,687 $3,456
LA-SC-ICPMS (8900 QQQ per day) $1,720 $3,525
LA-MC-ICPMS (multicollector – per day) $2,162 $4,428
LA-SS-ICPMS (split stream- per day) $2,929 $5,998
Technical Support (set-up of instruments; per hour) $177 $216
Data Processing & reporting (per hour) $137 $167
Sample selection (grain selection for preparation for mounts:per hour) $114 $140
Uranium-Helium Geo/Thermochronology
Apatite conventional U-He (per sample) $650 $850
Zircon conventional U-He (per sample) $1,200 $1,350
Additional technical labor charges (per hour) $160 $200
Sample Preparation
Crushing & Selfrag: Up to 1 kg (per sample) $155 $190
Crushing & Selfrag: Up to 1 kg(per sample by client) $105 $132
$ per every extra kg $40 $50
$ per every extra kg (by client) $25 $32
Selfrag Training $55 $70
Panning, sieving, elutriation (per sample) $30 $60
Magnetic separation (per sample) $65 $82
Heavy liquids (per sample) $65 $82
Heavy liquids (per sample) by the client $20 $25
Hand picking (per hour) $80 $100
SHRIMP mount preparation (per mount) $135 $180
Ar-Ar Geochronology
40Ar/39Ar Analysis (per sample) $695 $1,050
Sample preparation fee (per hour) $90 $115
Radiogenic Isotope Analysis
Re-Os model age of molybdenite (per sample) $1,550 $1,900
Re-Os geochronology via isochron (per analysis): 5-7 analyses required $650 $800
Data interpretation and reporting (per hour) $150 $180
Training and Lab Access fee for use of Laboratory Facilities for Sample Preparation
Curtin User (per year) $750 N/A
Where all work is carried out by facility staff (at the associated rate below), the lab access fee is not applicable.
Trace Element Packages (for samples requiring complete sample digestion, partial digestion, or collection of leachates and analytical preparation in solution).
Whole Rock Trace Element Suite (per Sample) $140 $288
There is a minimum of 10 samples.
The sample material should be provided as a homegenized powder, the Mineral Separation Facility at the John de Laeter Centre can be accessed for an additional fee (see website for Mineral Separation Facility rates and contact information).
Isotope Packages
Whole Rock/Silicates Nd isotopes $420 $865
*Whole Rock/Silicates Nd isotopes via Isotope Dilution $500 $1,029
Whole Rock/Silicates Sr isotopes $336 $692
*Whole Rock/Silicates Sr isotopes  via Isotope Dilution $392 $807
Whole Rock/Silicates Sr and Nd isotopes $490 $1,009
*Whole Rock/Silicates Sr and Nd isotopes  via Isotope Dilution $560 $1,153
Whole Rock/Silicates Sr, Nd, Pb isotopes $560 $1,153
Whole Rock Pb isotopes $300 $618
Pb isotopes (galena) $200 $412
Pb isotopes (feldspar and sulphide) $320 $659
There is a minimum of 10 samples.
The sample material should be provided as a homegenized powder, the Mineral Separation Facility at the John de Laeter Centre can be accessed for an additional fee (see website for Mineral Separation Facility rates and contact information).
The isotope dilution technique will be used when model ages are requested; the isotope dilution method will obtain isotope ratios and element concentrations.
Experimental HP/HT Geochemistry
HP-HT Experimental Facility Usage (per day) $700 $900
Consumables (e.g. Pt capsules, acids, etc.) At cost At cost
Other Labour (per hour) $105 $135
Atom Probe Analysis
CAMECA LEAP Atom Probe (per day) $2,000 $2,000
Operator/Analyst (per day of Atom Probe usage) $500 $500
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Registration – One-time fee for new users $50 $50
Instrument Access (per hour) $100 $100
Instrument Access (full day rate) $600 $600
Instrument Access (bulk buy 100 hours) $5,000 $5,000
Staff assistance : non-collaborative (per hour) $85 POA
Staff assistance : collaborative (per hour) POA POA
X-ray Diffraction and Scattering
Registration – One-time fee for new users $50 $60
Training – Sample preparation $88 $109
Training – Instrument usage $176 $218
Advanced training courses – as promulgated $100 $125
Administration fee for urgent jobs $100 $125
XRD (per sample, per hour) $33 $42
In-situ XRD (per day) $198 $252
SAXS  (per hour) $200 $250
XRD sample preparation (per sample, by user) $7 $9
XRD sample preparation (per sample, by staff) $95 $118
Technical assistance – operation/training (per hour) $88 $109
Data analysis/reporting (per hour) $225 $280
Analytical specialist assistance : collaborative (per hour) POA POA
Tescan Lyra FIB-SEM
Instrument access (per hour) $70 $70
Instrument access (full day rate) $400 $400
Instrument access (bulk buy 100 hours at $35/hour) $3,500 $3,500
Staff assistance : non-collaborative (per hour) $85 POA
Staff assistance : collaborative (per hour) POA POA
Iontof M6 ToF-SIMS
Instrument access (per hour) $100 $100
Instrument access (full day rate) $600 $600
Instrument access (bulk buy 100 hours at $50/hour)) $5,000 $5,000
Staff assistance : non-collaborative (per hour) $85 POA
Staff assistance : collaborative (per hour) POA POA
Kratos AXIS Ultra DLD    
Instrument access (per hour) $100 $100
Instrument access (full day rate) $600 $600
Instrument access (bulk buy 100 hours at $50/hour) $5,000 $5,000
Staff assistance : non-collaborative (per hour) $85 POA
Staff assistance : collaborative (per hour) POA POA
Microscopy and Microanalysis Curtin Users MOU Users Collaborative Partner Costs
Registration Fee – Assisted User $50 $50 $60
Registration and Hands-On Training (up to 2 hours/SEM and 4 hours for TEM) $350 $350 $360
Advanced Training Courses are available at scheduled times $50-100 $50-100 $100-200
Administration fee for urgent jobs involving queue-jumping and/or rescheduling $100 $100 $120
Instrument Subscriptions
Only major instruments below are covered by subscriptions. Labour, sample preparation equipment, and consumables are not included.
Individual UG student (assisted only, 25 hours per 12 month period) $250 $450 $540
HDR student – MSc or PhD (50 hours per 12 month period) $800 $1,500 $1,800
HDR student – MSc or PhD (100 hours per 12 month period) $1,400 $2,200 $2,640
HDR student – MSc or PhD (uncapped hours per 12 month period) $2,200 $3,000 $3,600
Individual researcher (75 hours per 12 month period) $1,600 $3,500 $4,200
Individual researcher (150 hours per 12 month period) $2,900 $5,000 $6,000
Individual researcher (uncapped hours per 12 month period) $5,900 $9,500 $11,400
Research group (negotiable, dependent upon group size and number of hours) Variable Variable Variable
Electron Microscopy
Light Microscopes (per hour) $10 $15 $18
SEM – Vega (per hour) $35 $75 $90
FESEM – Neon, Mira & Clara (per hour) $50 $90 $108
TIMA – Automated Mineral Liberation Analysis (per hour) $40 $90 $108
FEG-TEM – Talos (per hour) $50 $90 $108
Technical labour – operation/training (per hour) $60 $90 $108
Data Interpretation / reporting (per hour) $145 $220 $264
Sample Preparation
Mount preparation in resin  (per sample, by staff)* $10 $15 $18
Mount polishing (per sample, by staff)* $50 $60 $72
Mount preparation in resin and polishing (per sample, by staff)* $60 $75 $90
EBSD polishing (per batch, by user) $20 $25 $30
EBSD polising (per batch, by staff) $40 $45 $54
Ion milling (per sample, by user) $30 $60 $72
Ion milling: cross-sectional (per hour by user) $22 $45 $54
Evaporative carbon coating (per coat)** $15 $25 $30
Plantinum sputter coating (per coat)** $20 $30 $36
*  Although every effort will be made to process quickly, allow up to 4 weeks turnaround
** Allow for one week turnaround, double cost for urgent batches, treble for within 24 hours