Emstat Pico Module

  • Dimensions: 18 x 30 x 2.6 mm
  • Dual channel (2x WE, 2x RE, 2x CE)
  • EIS frequency range: 0.016 Hz to 200 kHz
  • Full dc-potential range: -1.7 V to +2 V
  • Current ranges: 100 nA to 5 mA
All specifications
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The EmStat Pico is a joint development by PalmSens BV and Analog Devices Inc. PalmSens is known for introducing the first commercially available handheld potentiostat. Over the last decade these have evolved to become smaller and more versatile. Together with Analog Devices, PalmSens now proudly presents the world smallest potentiostat module available on the market.


The EmStat Pico module and EmStat Pico Development Kit are also available on


Supported techniques

Voltammetric techniques

  • Linear Sweep Voltammetry (LSV)
  • Cyclic Voltammetry (CV)
  • Square Wave Voltammetry (SWV)
  • Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV)
  • Normal Pulse Voltammetry (NPV)

The above techniques can also be used for stripping voltammetry

Techniques as a function of time

  • Chronoamperometry (CA)
  • Pulsed Amperometric Detection (PAD)
  • Open Circuit Potentiometry (OCP)
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)


The module works at three different modes;
Low Speed mode: for scan rates up to 1 V/s or a bandwidth of 100 Hz.
High Speed mode: for high scan rates and frequencies.
Max Range mode: a combination of the Low and High Speed modes for optimal dynamic dc-potential range.

Low Speed modeHigh Speed modeMax Range mode
Full dc-potential range-1.2 to +2 V-1.7 to +2 V-1.7 to +2 V
Dynamic dc-potential range [1]2.2 V1.2 V2.6 V
Compliance voltage-2.0 to +2.3 V [2]
Maximum current± 3 mA
Max. acquisition rate
Potentiostat (controlled potential mode)
Channels2 (2x WE, 2x RE and 2x CE)
Applied dc-potential resolution537 µV395 µV932 µV
Applied potential accuracy< 0.2%< 0.5%< 0.5%
Current ranges100 nA, 2 uA,
4 uA, 8 uA,
16 uA, 32 uA,
63 uA, 125 uA,
250 uA, 500 uA,
1 mA, 5 mA
100 nA, 1 uA,
6 uA, 13 uA,
25 uA, 50 uA,
100 uA,
200 uA, 1 mA,
5 mA
100 nA, 1 uA,
6 uA, 13 uA,
25 uA, 50 uA,
100 uA,
200 uA, 1 mA,
5 mA
Current accuracy< 0.5 % of the selected current range
< 2% for 100 nA current range
< 1% of the selected current range
< 2% for 100 nA current range
< 2% for 5 mA current range
Measured current resolution0.006% of selected current range
(5.5 pA on 100 nA range)
Measured potential resolution (for OCP)56 uV
FRA / EIS (impedance measurements)
Frequency range0.016 Hz to 200 kHz
Ac-amplitude range1 mV to 0.25 V rms, or 0.708 V p-p
Modes1. WE2 at fixed potential (E offset vs RE1)
2. WE2 scanning (E offset vs WE1)
Max. potential WE2ΔE(WE1) + ΔE(WE2) < 1.6 V  [3]
Electrometer amplifier input> 1 TΩ // 10 pF
Bandwidth 250 kHz
Communications and peripherals
Module communicationUART
Communication with external peripheralsSPI and I2C
Analog I/O3 analog input pins
Digital I/O7 general-purpose I/O pins
1 wake-up pin
On-board temperature sensor±2 °C or ±0.25 °C [4]
Storage4000 datapoints on-board (supports optional external SD card for mass storage)
MountingSurface mounted with castellated pads
Through hole pins (2.54 mm pitch)
Dimensions30.5 mm X 18 mm X 2.6 mm
Operation temperature range-40°C to +85°C

[1]  The dynamic range is the range that can be covered during a single scan within the full potential range. For example; a linear scan can start at -1.5 V and end at 1.1 V or vice versa, covering 2.6 V dynamic range.
[2] The compliance voltage is the maximum potential between Working and Counter electrode and depends on the selected mode.
[3] If your main WE1 is scanning from -0.5V to +0.5V, the WE2 can only have a maximum offset of 0.6V.
[4] The high accurate on-board temperature sensor is standard available on modules that come with the EmStat Pico Development Kit. For separate EmStat Pico modules the temperature sensor is optional.

Dual-channel and Bipotentiostat functionality

The second channel of the EmStat Pico can be used for running sequential measurements on two different cells each with their own Reference, Counter and Working electrodes.
The second channel can also be used in Bipotentiostat mode, functioning as second Working Electrode versus the Reference and Counter electrode of channel 1. Both channels are recorded simultaneously in the Bipotentiostat mode.

The second Working Electrode (WE2) can either be set at a potential offset with respect to WE1 or at a fixed potential with respect to RE1.

The Bipotentiostat mode is supported in Low Speed mode (see table above) for all techniques, excluding EIS and OCP.


MethodSCRIPT™ communications protocol

The EmStat Pico potentiostat module works with the new MethodSCRIPT scripting language. This language allows developers to program a human-readable script directly into the Pico module by means of a serial (TTL) connection. The simple script language allows for running electrochemical techniques supported by EmStat Pico and makes it easy to combine different measurements and other tasks.
More script features include:
▪ Use of variables
▪ (Nested) loops
▪ Logging results to an SD card
▪ Digital I/O for example for waiting for an external trigger
▪ Reading auxiliary values like pH or temperature
▪ Going to sleep or hibernate mode

Use directly with PSTrace for Windows and PStouch for Android

If expanded with USB or Bluetooth communications, the EmStat Pico  can be used directly with our PSTrace software for electrochemistry. PSTrace enables you to find the optimal settings for your experiment and allows you to extract the generated script for the EmStat Pico. This script can be transferred directly into your (embedded) code for controlling the EmStat Pico.

The PStouch app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store.


NameTypeLast updated
EmStat Pico footprint for Altium EmStat Pico footprint for use with Altium PCB Designer14-05-20
MethodSCRIPT v1.2 protocol description MethodSCRIPT v1.2 protocol description28-04-20
MethodSCRIPT v1.1 protocol description MethodSCRIPT v1.1 protocol description17-04-20
EmStat Pico example test report EmStat Pico example test report08-04-20
EmStat Pico firmware updating Shows how to update the firmware on an EmStat Pico module08-04-20
EmStat Pico 3D model 3D STEP file of the EmStat Pico module08-04-20
EmStat Pico communication protocol v1.2 Describes the EmStat Pico communications protocol which is based on MethodSCRIPT08-04-20
MethodSCRIPT code examples This ZIP file contains the following examples for MethodSCRIPT v1.2:
- MethodSCRIPTExample_C
- MethodSCRIPTExample_C_Linux
- MethodSCRIPTExample_C#
- MethodSCRIPTExample_Arduino
- MethodSCRIPTExample_Python
- MethodSCRIPTExample_iOS
- MethodSCRIPTExample_Android
Every code example comes with a "Getting Started" document.
EmStat Pico datasheet Contains the information you need for integration of the EmStat Pico in your electronics design.08-04-20
EmStat Pico Description Description of the EmStat Pico module and software tools08-04-20

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