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Solartron 1286/1287 & Solartron 1250/1255 Electrochemical Impedance Analyser

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EIS setup

Contact details

Mol, J.M.C. (Arjan) Dr.
Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), Surfaces and Interfaces Group
Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD Delft
Tel : +31 (0)15 27 86778
E-mail : J.M.C.Mol@tudelft.nl
Website : Open website

General Information


Solartron 1286/1287 & Solartron 1250/1255 Electrochemical Impedance Analyser


Surfaces & Interfaces lab

Key words:

EIS, electrochemistry

Main application:

These setup are used to characterise electrochemical processes occurring at coated and non-coated metal surfaces.


DH van der Weijde, EPM van Westing and JHW de Wit, Materials Science Forum 289-2: 237-245, Part 1&2, 1998

Instrument specification

Instrument specifications: Potentiostat

Electrode connections: 2, 3 or 4
Potential range: ± 12 V
Compliance voltage: ± 30 V
Maximum current: ± 2 A
Current ranges: 2A, 200 mA, 20 mA, 2 mA, 200 µA, 20 µA, 2 µA, 200 nA
Potentiostat bandwidth: 1 MHz
Input impedance: >10 GΩ
Computer interface: IEEE-488 (GP-IB)

Instrument specifications: Frequency Response Analyser

DC Bias range: ± 41V
max Bias current: ± 100mA
AC frequency range: 10μHz - 20 MHz (1MHz in aqueous electrolytes)

Electrochemical techniques

DC-techniques, AC-voltammetry & Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)

Amount of instruments installed

Surfaces & Interfaces owns a total of three 1287s, four 1286s, four 1255s and two 1250s. Together, these allow six impedance setups to be built. In addition to these instruments, two Autolab PGSTAT 30s are available for EIS measurements as well.

Additional information

All EIS setups are galvanically isolated from their controlling PCs to maintain clean signals. This is performed by connecting the PC through National Instruments GPIB-120A bus isolators. Faraday cages are used to shield EM radiation from the experiment. Clean measurement earthing terminals are available throughout the lab.

All EIS setups are controlled using Scribner Associates Corrware & ZPlot software.