Equipment List & Charging Schemes

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Effective from 1 Nov 2023. 

Name of Equipment (a) HKUST internal users: Instruction use and academic research 1) HKUST internal users: Non-RGC/UGC government projects
2) Sister institute users: RGC/UGC funded projects
External industrial users, service contracts (b) Online Booking/Request
Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence $220/polymer sample, $300/sample
(5 samples or less)
or
$1515/day
(operated by staff)
$240/polymer sample, $335/sample
(5 samples or less)
or
$1760/day
(operated by staff)
$655/polymer sample, $910/sample
(5 samples or less)
or
$4725/day
XRF
Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrophotometer [Varian] $176/hour $285/hour $725/hour ICP-OES [Varian]
Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrophotometer [Perkin Elmer/Avio 200] $176/hour $285/hour $725/hour ICP-OES-Avio(d)
(d) The current setup of Avio ICP is for aqueous sample analysis. If user needs to analyse organic samples, please contact ENVF staff (envflab@ust.hk) first.
Gas Chromatograph with Mass Selective Detector System in Electron Ionization (EI) mode $200/day $600/day $2660/day GC-MS-EI
Gas Chromatograph with Mass Selective Detector System in Electron Ionization (EI) mode + Headspace Sampler $260/day $710/day $2990/day GC-MS-EI + Headspace(c)
(c) To use Headspace Sampler, please contact ENVF staff (envflab@ust.hk) for the installation arrangement.
Gas Chromatograph with Electron Capture Detector + Headspace Sampler $145/day $605/day $2555/day GC-ECD + Headspace(c)
FID is the current detector attached to the GC. If user needs to use ECD, please inform ENVF technician beforehand.
(c) To use Headspace Sampler, please contact ENVF staff (envflab@ust.hk) for the installation arrangement.
Gas Chromatograph with Mass Selective Detector (+chemical ionization) System (Agilent 7890B GC/5977B MSD) $235/day $720/day $3185/day GC-MS-CI
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer $240/half day (4 hrs) $500/half day (4 hrs) $1465/half day (4 hrs) TOC
HPLC System with PDA & FLR Detector $160/half day (4 hrs) $340/half day (4 hrs) $1115/half day (4 hrs) HPLC
HPLC System with PDA & Evaporative LS Detector $200/half day (4 hrs) $425/half day (4 hrs) $1395/half day (4 hrs) HPLC2
RAMAN Microscope $65/hour $125/hour $1210/half day (4 hrs) RAMAN
UV/VIS/NIR Spectrometer $65/hour $125/hour $1050/half day (4 hrs) UVVIS NIR(e)
(e) A new Lambda 1050+ UV/Vis/NIR Spectrophotometer has replaced the old Lambda 950 one. Users please consult our technicians if they are in doubt of the new one’s operation.
Scanning Electron Microscope with EDXS System $65/hour $125/hour $2540/day SEM(f)
(f) Please note that the function of elemental maps is currently unavailable as the EDS is out of order.
Liquid Chromatograph (LC) - Mass Spectrometer (MS) with Triple Quadrupole System (QTRAP System) $380/day $1270/day $3810/day LCMS
LCMS data processing PC - - - LCMS-PC
Portable Water Quality Measurement System (DO, pH, ORP, Temperature, Conductivity, Phycocyanin) $100/day $200/day $500/day PWQMS

(a) All instruments (except for XRF) are operated by users after training.
(b) Instruments are operated by ENVF staff.

Note:
1 day = 8 hours unless otherwise specified
1 half-day = 4 hours

Charging Scheme for Biological Facilities

Name of Equipment / Facility Charges for HKUST Users Request
Autoclave for sterilization $90/4 hours, cap at $180/day Autoclave
Biological Safety Cabinet (Class II) for bacterial/fungi culture $60 per use or per day BSC1
Biological Safety Cabinet (Class II) for cell line culture $60 per use or per day BSC2
Microbiological Incubator (28C for fungi) $60 per use in 24 hours Incu28
Microbiological Incubator (37C for bacterial culture) $60 per use in 24 hours Incu37
Orbital Shaking Incubator (for bacterial culture) $60 per use in 24 hours IncuShak
CO2 Incubator (for human/animal cell line culture) $60 per use in 24 hours IncuCO2
Beckman GS-15R Centrifuge (for cell culture only) $75/4 hours, cap at $150/day Centrifuge
Freezer (3 larger units and 1 small unit for -20C storage) large unit: $100/unit/month or $800/unit/year
small unit: $50/unit/month or $400/unit/year
Freezer
Cold room (16 60x60x60cm3 units for 4C storage) $100/unit/month or $800/unit/year Coldroom

Other Lab Equipment and Service

Category Name of Equipment Charges for HKUST Users* Request
Other Equipment Electronic Balance Free (1) General Request Form
Furnace & Oven Free (1)
Ultrapure Water System Free (1)
Others Free (1)
General Service  

*Please note that the charge will subject to change without prior notice. It does not include consumables. 

1 Kindly note that only equipment cost is free.

Environmental Database and Computational Cluster (Effective from 1 Oct 2019)

  • HK$500/month/user for database
  • HK$100/hour/user for computational equipment and cap at HK$3,000/month
  • HK$250/hour for staff cost and cap at HK$4,000/month

HKUST Air Quality Research Supersite (Effective from 1 Oct 2019)

  • HK$500/month/user for site access