AUT - Accessing the Scanning Electron Microscope Facility


Accessing the Scanning Electron Microscope Facility

Cross Section of A Leaf
*Cross Section of a Leaf
Before planning or commencing any SEM related work it is recommended that potential users (internal and external) contact the facility coordinator Patrick Conor to discuss their project requirements and objectives. The best sample preparation techniques will be discussed, as will whether the proposed work is achievable and/or likely to result in the desired outcomes. It is highly recommended (and much appreciated) that you do a bit of independent research and  bring to initial discussions examples of published work or methodologies conducted in similar research areas to your own, if any exist.


Internal and external clients will be required to fill out a registration form for work to be completed. Internal clients can access the form here. Please complete the form and return scanned,
Blood Cells on Filter Paper
*Blood Cells on Filter Paper
completed copy by email, fax, or hand back prior to commencing work. External clients are asked to contact the facility initially to discuss their requirements; requisition forms for proposed work will then be supplied on a case by case basis.


For all SEM bookings and sample preparation assistance please contact Patrick Conor (09 921 9999 ext 8863) or Sam Turner (09 921 9999 ext 8232). Availability will depend on current demand and individual client needs in regards to timeframes and deadlines.


Clients undertaking long term or intensive projects requiring many hours of SEM time will have the opportunity to be trained on a one on one basis to operate the instrument themselves. Charges will vary according to whether a client is internal or external, from a research organisation or industry, or whether they are operating the instrument themselves (unassisted) or having the work done for them (assisted).

Current charges (2014)

User Category
Hourly Rate
AUT - assisted
AUT - unassisted
EXT Research - assisted
EXT Research - unassisted
EXT Commercial
$200 assisted
Au, Pt and C Coating
AUT – $5 per run (max 6 samples)
Ext Research-$8 per run
Commercial-10 per run
Sample preparation time
AUT – $20 per hour
Ext Research-$30 per hour
Commercial-$50 per hour

*Note: Original microscopic pictures have been colourised

Last updated: 18-Nov-2014 5.12pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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