PARSTAT MC Multichannel Potentiostat

The PARSTAT® MC (PMC) is the most modular and robust multi-channel electrochemical testing platform on the market.
The PMC chassis provides a robust environment up to 10 modules, up to 20 channels. 

Channels can operate simultaneously for high-throughput routine testing, asynchronously for different experiments on distinct cells or in a complex matrix of multiple electrodes in a single test environment. Additional channels can be added on-site by the user, even while other channels are in operation. Every functional block within the chassis is designed to be user-replaceable minimizing the impact of any interruptions in your experiment.

Key features of the PARSTAT MC include:
  • The Ultimate modular design
  • The ability to mix-and-match channels to provide a customized solution 
    • The PMC-200 doubles the capacity of each module with 2 potentiostats per card.
    • The PMC-1000 offers the widest dynamic current range of 2 A to 4 nA (120 fA resolution) as standard
    • The PMC-2000A provides high voltage capacity (30V range) and auxiliary electrometer (6-WIRE) for Anode/Cathode measurements
  • Features the most popular electrochemical acquisition and analysis software solution, VersaStudio

The PARSTAT MC Family:

  • Maximize throughput with 2-channels per module, each with EIS and core DC Testing functionality
  • 1-Amp of current standard allows analysis of larger batteries at higher rates
  • 24-BITS ADC components delivering the highest quality voltage and current resolution of measured response
  • Widest dynamic current range - 2 Amps to 4 nA (120 fA resolution) as standard
  • Floating ground allows testing of multiple samples in the same cell
  • The most popular channel to meet the needs of today's researcher
  • 30 V Polarization Voltage range ideal for energy-storage stacks, anodization experiments, generating electrophoretic fields, etc.
  • 6-WIRE function measures an additional voltage benefiting Anode/Cathode impedance analysis, Compliance Voltage determination, and external probe or device integration 
  • 7 MHz frequency for EIS investigations of kinetics, mechanisms and solid-state energy materials
  • 5 A and 10 A boosters in-chassis boosters available and compatible with the PMC-2000A and PMC-1000
  • Up to 20 A when operated in parallel 
  • Test higher power and lower impedance batteries
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  • Specifications +

    PMC-200 PMC-1000 PMC-2000A PARSTAT MC Family
    Channels per Module
     2 1 1 Up to 20 channels
    per Chassis
    Compliance Voltage
     +/- 10V
    +/- 12V
    +/- 30V
    Up to +/- 30V
    Polarization Voltage
     +/- 10V
    +/- 10V
    +/- 30V
    Up to +/- 30V
    Max Current
     +/- 1A
    (1000 mA)
    +/- 2 A
    (2000 mA)
    +/- 1 Amp
    (1000 mA)
    Up to +/- 2 A
    Min Current Range
     2 µA
      4 nA
    4 nA
    As low as 4 nA
    (122 fA resolution)
    Resolution  24-bits 16-bits 18-bits Up to 24-bits
    Data Acquisition Rate
     4  µs
    (250 kS/s)
    (500 kS/s)
    1 µs
    (1000 kS/s)
    As fast as 1 µs
    (1000 kS/s)
    EIS Frequency
     100 kHz
    1 MHz
    7 MHz
    As high as 7 MHz
    Booster Options
     No Yes Yes
    LCI Options
     No Yes Yes Yes
    iR Compensation
     No Yes
    Yes Yes
    Digital I/Os
     No Yes Yes Yes
    6-WIRE  No No Yes Yes
    Actions EIS Actions and
    Core DC Actions
    Unlimited Actions
    Unlimited Actions
  • Accessories +

    • PAR MultiChannel Power Booster

      • 5 A and 10 A boosters in-chassis boosters available and compatible with the PMC-2000A and PMC-1000
      • Up to 20 A when operated in parallel
      • Test higher power and lower impedance batteries
      • Study larger electrodes with higher surface area

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    • LC Low Current Interface

      • Designed as a plug-in add on to extend the low current capability of many of the Princeton Applied Research potentiostats

      • Femtoampere accuracy and attoampere resolution for both DC and AC (EIS) measurements

      • Auto-current ranging capability from 200 mA - 4 pA (80 fA minimum range with PARSTAT 4000A)

      • 5 selectable E and I filters for noise reduction

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    • 636A Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode (RRDE)

      Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode (RRDE)

      • Disk or Ring-Disk configuration
      • Protective enclosure
      • Remote analog speed control (input is summed with front-panel settings)
      • A variety of disk and ring-disk electrode selections
      • Interchangeable electrode assemblies in either disk or cylinder configurations for corrosion studies
      • On/off and Rotational Rate Control

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    • 616A Rotating Disk Electrode

      Rotating Disk Electrode

      • Front-panel speed controls
      • Protective enclosure
      • Remote analog speed control (input is summed with front-panel settings)
      • Front-panel and remote (TTL) on/off switching
      • Remote analog output for speed verification
      • Integral ring-stand for convenient cell mounting

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    • QCM922A Quartz Crystal Microbalance and EQCM

      Quartz Crystal Microbalance

      • Sensitive enough to measure weight changes in a monolayer 
      • Quantify both elastic and viscous changes in your system
      • Front panel display of resonant frequency and resistance changes
      • Frequency range of 1MHz to 10MHz
      • Designed for EQCM with a potentiostat or stand alone operation

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    • Battery Holders

      • Replaces the standard cell cable by connecting directly to the potentiostat
      • 5 options are available for the following form factors:  18650, AA, AAA, coin cell (2032) and a flexible screw-based design for custom cell geometrie

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    • K0235 Flat Cell Kit

      • Optimal construction for corrosion/coatings studies of flat specimens having a range of sizes and geometry

      • Specially designed gasket to minimize crevice corrosion

      • Platinum mesh counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode included

      • Exposed sample area is 1 cm2 with an option for a larger exposed area of 12.6 cm2

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    • K0047 Corrosion Cell Kit

      • Ideal for corrosion analysis of cylindrical metal specimens with an optional sample holder to accommodate flat specimens

      • Cell configuration is modeled after a design commonly found in many ASTM standards

      • Supplied with graphite counter electrodes and saturated calomel reference electrode (SCE) 

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    • RDE0018 Analytical Cell Kit

      • Designed with two cell top configurations, one for general use and the other for accommodating a rotating electrode (RDE, RRDE, RCE) connected to the 616 or 636 A/B rotator

      • Supplied with a platinum wire counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode

      • Standard 14/20 tapper joints can accommodate a variety of working electrodes and reference electrode chemistries

      • Operates with solution volumes from 5 – 50 mL

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    • K0264 Micro-Cell Kit

      • Intended to be used for any application where solution volume is limited, requiring volumes ranging from 3 to 15 mL

      • Purge tube assembly provided for bubbling or blanketing the solution with inert gas

      • Platinum wire counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode included

      • Compatible with a range of working electrode materials available in two sizes: 2 mm or 10 µm diameter

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    • K0307 Tait Cell Kit

      • Designed specifically for corrosion studies on flat specimens under conditions where typical reference electrodes are incompatible

      • Hastelloy C-276 reference and counter electrodes included

      • Exposed sample area of 32 cm2

      • Holds volumes as low as 80 mL

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    • Faraday Cage

      • Designed to shield anything housed in the cage from the effects of external electric fields, thereby reducing noise from interfering with the experiment
      • Standard faraday cage is 27 x 30 x 41 cm and is large enough to accommodate the VersaSTAT LC
      • An oversized faraday cage designed for use with the VersaSCAN is also available

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  • Software +

    • VersaStudio Software

      • Functional software platform used to control various Princeton Applied Research potentiostats/galvanostats (VersaSTAT and PARSTAT series) with the option of sequencing potentiostatic, galvanostatic and impedance capabilities for versatile experiment design.

      • Simple to use, straight forward data comparison and convenient data analysis and fitting routines, such as Tafel, polarization resistance and peak analysis.  Text file format allows easy importing of data into other graphing software for further analysis and/or report generation.

      • New versions made easily accessible with free download from our website.  Collaborators and coworkers, without access to an instrument, can also install the software for manageable data sharing. 

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    • ZSimpWin

      • High performing electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) data analysis software that easily interfaces with the VersaStudio software platform.
      • Minimal user input without the need for the starting values and simple, single-click fitting procedures.
      • Various options from pre-loaded circuit models to user created and saved models.  Output results using a range of plot formats and easily view estimated parameters and historical records of computation process.

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