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VersaSCAN Electrochemical Scanning Systems

Princeton Applied Research

The Princeton Applied Research VersaSCAN is a single platform for spatial measurements in electrochemical and materials experiments.  Traditional electrochemical experiments measure an average response across the entire electrode/electrolyte interface. However, samples are not always homogenous – often there are areas of passivate/active nature
or anodic/cathodic character. This is where scanning probe electrochemistry is ideal.

Each VersaSCAN system consists of a high resolution, long-travel, closed-loop positioning system mounted to a vibration-resistant optical base. Auxiliary pieces are then added, each with its own functionality for specific scanning probe experiments. These ancillary pieces include electrometers, piezo vibration units and laser sensors. Finally, Ametek VersaSTAT potentiostats and Signal Recovery Lock-in Amplifiers are integrated via ethernet control, to measure small signals accurately.

Scanning Probe Experiments

The range includes systems customised for these experiment types:

  • Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM)
  • Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET)
  • Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP)
  • Localised Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (LEIS)
  • Scanning Droplet System (SDS)
  • Non-Contact Surface Profiling (OSP)
  • Constant Distance SECM

Each technique uses a different measurement probe that is positioned close to, but not in contact with the sample. After measurement, its position is incremented. A data map is created by plotting the recorded parameter against the probe position. Depending on the technique, this map represents local electrochemical current, impedance, relative work function or topography.

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Princeton Applied Research VersaScan

Scanning Probe Electrochemistry

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VersaSCAN SECM Scanning ElectroChemical Microscopy

VersaSCAN SECM electrochemical scanning system

The VersaSCAN SECM integrates the base with two VersaSTAT potentiostats and an ultramicroelectrode probe with a specific tapered polish.  SECM is a versatile technique, adding spatial resolution to applications such as kinetics, biological sensors, catalyst and corrosion mechanisms.

  • Compatible with VersaSTAT 3F and VersaSTAT 3 / 3F /4 potentiostats
  • AC-SECM without an electrochemical mediator – more info…
  • Approach curve experiments and both Feedback and Generator-Collector imaging modes
  • Constant-Distance operation in conjunction with topographic measurement, usually OSP
  • Variety of standard non-scanning electrochemical tests, depending on the software

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VersaSCAN SVET Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique

VersaSCAN SVET electrochemical scanner

The VersaSCAN SVET electrochemical scanning system integrates the base with a Signal Recovery Lock-in Amplifier, piezo-based vibration module, electrometer and a single wire-based probe.  SVET measures voltage-drop in solution. This voltage-drop occurs in the electrolyte because of local current activity on a sample surface. Applications include non-uniform corrosion events, such as pits, welds and galvanic couples, as well as biological applications.

  • Compatible lock-in amplifier:  Signal Recovery 7230
  • Single line scans and area scans
  • Time-resolved imaging, programmed as a sequence
  • Constant-distance operation in conjunction with a topographic measurement, typically OSP

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VersaSCAN LEIS Localised Electrochemical Impedance System

VersaSCAN LEIS electrochemical scanning system

The VersaSCAN LEIS consists of the base with a VersaSTAT 3F equipped with differential auxiliary option, electrometer and dual-element probe. LEIS electrochemical scanning is a technique for calculating local impedance, by determining the ratio of AC voltage applied to the sample, and local AC current measured by the probe in solution. Applications include organic coatings and bare metal corrosion.

  • Compatible potentiostats:  VersaSTAT 3F with differential auxiliary option
  • Fixed-frequency /swept position plots for data maps and fixed-position / swept-frequency plots, Bode or Nyquist  plots
  • Capable of time-resolved imaging, programmed as a sequence
  • Constant-distance operation in conjunction with topography, typically OSP

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VersaSCAN SKP Scanning Kelvin Probe

VersaSCAN SKP electrochemical scanning system

The VersaSCAN SKP includes the base with a Signal Recovery Lock-in Amplifier, piezo-based vibration module, electrometer and a tungsten-wire probe. SKP measures relative work function difference, between the measurement probe and the position on the sample. It is a non-destructive technique typically used in ambient or humidified air, without an electrolyte. Relative Work Function can be correlated to Corrosion Potential (Ecorr).  SKP can be used for applications including materials, semi-conductors and corrosion of metals – even with coatings.

  • Compatible lock-in amplifier: Signal Recovery 7230
  • Topography Mode experiments to measure and set probe-to-sample distance
  • Constant-distance operation in conjunction with the Topography Mode, usinga single probe

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VersaSCAN SDC Scanning Droplet Cell

VersaSCAN SDC electrochemical scanning system

The VersaSCAN SDC consists of the base with a VersaSTAT, PTFE machined head and a peristaltic pump. SDC electrochemical scanning confines the electrochemical measurement to the small droplet of electrolyte, defining the area of the electrode/electrolyte interface.  Applications include kinetics, corrosion, fluid-flow studies and applications where a small area on a sample needs to be investigated, without cutting the sample or subjecting areas to different electrolyte exposure times.

  • Compatible potentiostats: VersaSTAT 3 / 3F /4
  • Constant bias/swept position plots for data maps and fixed-position/ dynamic signal plots for Cyclic Voltammetry, Tafel, EIS, etc.
  • Run experiments with flowing electrolyte or a static drop

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VersaSCAN OSP Non-Contact Optical Surface Profiling

VersaSCAN OSP electrochemical scanning system

The VersaSCAN OSP includes the base with a high accuracy, fast laser displacement sensor. OSP electrochemical scanning employs a diffuse reflection mechanism to measure the sample’s topography. OSP can also be used as a very sensitive levelling mechanism or to chart topography for implementation with other scanning probe techniques for constant-distance operation.
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