PARSTAT MC Multichannel Potentiostat

315 PARSTAT MC
Designed to protect your experiment from the unexpected, the PARSTAT® MC (PMC) is the most modular and robust multi-channel electrochemical testing platform on the market. It builds on our industry-leading 50+ years of experience in potentiostat development and software user-interface design. The PARSTAT™ MC combines function, flexibility and value.

Each PARSTAT MC chassis is configured with up to eight (8) potentiostats.  Each potentiostat card provides a wide range of functionality as standard.

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 component within the chassis is designed to be user-replaceable minimizing the impact of any interruptions in your experiment.

This design maximizes value by reserving the slots of the chassis for potentiostat channels and not expensive hardware options. The high-functioning core potentiostat is the basis for a system with excellent price-per-channel, especially compared to typical configurations of other option-based offerings.

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-1000 offers the widest dynamic current range of 2 A to 4 nA (120 fA resolution) as standard
    • The PMC-2000A provides enhanced voltage resolution (6 V range), capacity (30V range) and function (6-WIRE voltage measurement)
  • Hot-swappable channels allow potentiostats to be added or removed without interruption of experiments on other channels
  • Features the most popular electrochemical acquisition and analysis software solution, VersaStudio

The PARSTAT MC Family:

PARSTAT MC 2000A
  • 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
  • Fast data acquisition rate of 1 MSample/sec allows for a wide range of high speed applications
PARSTAT MC 1000
  • 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
PARSTAT MC Boosters
  • 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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    PMC-1000 & 1000/DC PMC-2000A
    Data Acquisition
    Data Acquisition 3 x 16 bit 500 k samples per second ADCs Synchronized voltage/current/auxiliary 4 x 18 bit 1000 k samples per second ADCs Synchronized voltage/current/auxiliary/6-WIRE
    Time Base Resolution 2 µs (500 k samples/second) 1 µs (1000 k samples/second)
    Automatic Noise Filters Enabled/disabled Enabled/disabled
    Power Amplifier
    Voltage Compliance ±12 V ±30 V
    Current Compliance ±2 A ±1 A
    Potentiostat Bandwidth 1 MHz 7 MHz
    Stability Settings Auto and User Selectable Auto and User Selectable
    Rise Time          
    (-1.0V to +1.0V)
    < 500 ns (typical)
    56 ns (typical)
    Voltage Control (Potentiostat Mode)
    Applied Voltage Range ±10 V ±6 V, ±30 V 
    Applied Voltage Resolution for ±10 mV signal = 305 nV
    for ±100 mV signal = 3 µV
    for ±1 V signal = 30 µV
    for ±10 V signal = 300 µV
    for ±10 mV signal = 305 nV
    for ±100 mV signal = 3 µV
    for ±1 V signal = 30 µV
    for ±6 V signal = 183 µV
    Applied Voltage Accuracy ±0.2% of value ±2 mV ±0.2% of value ±2 mV
    Maximum Scan Rate for a 25 mV step = 12500 Vs-1 for a 25 mV step = 25000 Vs-1
    Current Control (Galvanostatic Mode)
    Applied Current  0 to ±2 A 0 to ±1 A
    Applied Current Accuracy ±0.2% of reading, ±0.2% of range ±200 pA ±0.2% of reading, ±0.2% of range ±200 pA
    Maximum Resolution 62 µA 62 µA
    Minimum Resolution 6.1 pA 6.1 pA
    Electrometer
    Maximum Input Range ±10 V ±30 V
    Bandwidth ≥10 MHz (-3 dB) ≥10 MHz (-3 dB)
    Input Impedance ≥1012 Ω in parallel with ≤5 pF (typical) ≥1013 Ω in parallel with ≤5 pF (typical)
    Leakage Current ≤5 pA at less than 25°C ≤5 pA at less than 25°C
    CMRR ≥60 dB at 100 kHz (typical) ≥70 dB at 300 kHz, ≥55 db at 100 kHz (typical)
    Voltage Measurement
    Voltage Range ±10 V ±6 V, ±30 V 
    Minimum Resolution 6 µV 915 nV, 5 µV 
    Voltage Accuracy ±0.2% of reading, ±2mV ±0.2% of reading, ±2mV
    Current Measurement
    Current Ranges Auto-ranging (10 ranges) 2 A to 4 nA Auto-ranging (10 ranges) 1 A to 4 nA
    Current Resolution 122 fA 31 fA
    Current Accuracy (DC) 20 nA to 2 A: ±0.2% of reading, ±0.2% of range
    4 nA: <0.5% ±20 pA
    20 nA to 1 A: ±0.2% of reading, ±0.2% of range
    4 nA: ±0.2% of reading, ±0.2% of range ±50 pA
    Bandwidth ≥1 MHz for ≥2 mA range (typical) ≥5 MHz for ≥2 mA range (typical)
    Bandwidth limit filter Yes Yes
    Impedance (EIS) Available with PMC-1000 and PMC-2000A
    Mode Potentiostat/Galvanostatic Potentiostat/Galvanostatic
    Frequency Ranges 1 MHz to 10 µHz  7 MHz to 10 µHz 
    Minimum AC Voltage Amplitude 0.1 mV RMS 0.1 mV RMS
    Sweep Linear or Logarithmic Linear or Logarithmic
    iR Compensation
    Positive Feedback Yes Yes
    Dynamic iR Yes Yes
    Interfaces (Optional BNC Cables)
     Signal Monitors E and I E1, E2 and I
    Digital inputs/outputs 5 TTL logic outputs, 2 TTL logic inputs 5 TTL logic outputs, 2 TTL logic inputs
    SYNC ADC
    Auxiliary Voltage Input
    Measurement synchronized to V and I ±10 V range, input impedance 10 kΩ
    9 pin connector standard
    Measurement synchronized to V and I ±10 V range, input impedance 10 kΩ. scaled 6:1
    9 pin connector standard
    DAC Voltage Output (Standard) ±10 V range, output impedance 1 kΩ
    9 pin connector standard (for stirrers, rotating disk electrode etc.)
    ±10 V range, output impedance 1 kΩ
    9 pin connector standard (for stirrers, rotating disk electrode etc.)
    PC/Software
    Communications Interface Universal Serial Bus (USB) Universal Serial Bus (USB)
    Operating System Windows 10/8/7 (64-bit & 32-bit), Windows XP Windows 10/8/7 (64-bit & 32-bit), Windows XP
    PC Specification (recommended) Intel Core i5 or equivalent / 4 GB memory, High Data rates may require additional memory Intel Core i5 or equivalent / 4 GB memory, High Data rates may require additional memory
    Software VersaStudio, VersaStudio Developer's Kit (VDK) VersaStudio, VersaStudio Developer's Kit (VDK)
    General
    Ground (Selectable) Isolated (floating) / Earth Isolated (floating) / Earth
    Dimensions 51.43 cm x 40.64 cm x 38.73 cm 51.43 cm x 40.64 cm x 38.73 cm
    Operating Temperature Range 10°C to 35°C 10°C to 35°C
    Humidity Maximum 80% non-condensing Maximum 80% non-condensing
    Temperature (specified) 25°C 25°C
    Dummy Cell Internal (1 per channel) and external (1 per chassis) Internal (1 per channel) and external (1 per chassis)
    CE Approved Yes Yes
    Chassis (PMC CHS08A) Channels Up to 10 Channels per chassis
    Up to 32 Channels per computer
    User replaceable modules
    Up to 10 Channels per chassis
    Up to 32 Channels per computer
    User replaceable modules

    ±1A
    ±1A
    ±1A
    0 to ±2A
    ≥10 
    ≥10 
  • 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 RRDE Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode

      Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode

      • 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 electrodes to choose from
      • 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 geometries

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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)

      • Jacketed version is available for studies at elevated temperatures

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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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    Watch video demonstrations of the PARSTAT MC Multichannel Potentiostat

  • 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 without the need for registration.  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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