Materials Research

The details are critical in materials research – and the development and refining of new battery chemistries and energy storage technology require reliable testing solutions. Our Multi-Channel Potentiostat/Galvanostat (MSTAT) is designed with electrochemical battery research in mind and pairs with EIS for more advanced testing.


Why Battery Researchers Rely on Arbin Test Equipment

  • Arbin's MSTAT and LBT battery test systems provide state-of-the-art battery test performance.
  • Arbin offer battery test solutions starting from small benchtop models, up to Gigafactory-scale testing with remote management & control, and network database solutions. 
  • The Arbin MITS testing software suite allows clients to grow from laboratory materials research to industrial battery test applications and production in a single platform.
  • All Arbin battery test equipment is safe and robust with multiple layers of safety protections and dedicated microcontrollers for each channel module.
  • Comprehensive options and accessories are available to expand and complete any cell test lab.
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Materials Research

MSTAT Series
  • Arbin's MSTAT can natively measure a reference elctrode for three-electrode cells and experiments. This allows researchers to measure the individual contributions from anode and cathode side of battery in a full cell to expedite battery material research. Precision and accuracy are enhanced for this critical work.
Voltage (-5) to 5V
Current up to 5A
Channels 4+
  • Each channel provides a 6-point connection with built-in reference measurement
  • Resolution is 24-bit (<1uV)
  • Precision is 60ppm (<0.006%)

All-Purpose Cell Testing

LBT 20/21 Series
  • Arbin's LBT is the workhorse for every test lab providing unmatched value. The 24-bit resolution is a 256x improvement, and 100ppm precision is a greater than 10x improvement over traditional battery cyclers enabling battery managers and researchers to identify early trends and small changes in the battery data.
Voltage 5V and 10V models
Current (0~10A), up to 500A+
Channels 8 to 512+
  • Each channel provides a 4-point Kelvin connection
  • Resolution is 24-bit (<1uV)
  • Precision is 100ppm (<0.01%)

Ultra-High Precision

HPS Series
  • Arbin's HPS is true ultra-high precision battery test equipment. The performance is state-of-the-art giving researchers the best tool available to measure the elcectrical characteristics of their battery. This includes high precision coulombic efficiency and other techniques to identify the smallest changes in battery metrics.
Voltage (-6) to 6V
Current up to 5A
Channels 2+
  • Each channel provides a 6-point connection with built-in reference measurement
  • Resolution is 24-bit (<1uV)
  • Precision is 10ppm (<0.001%)
Lithium Battery Coin On Computer Motherboard

Testing Solutions for Materials Research Applications

Arbin Instruments’ materials research solutions include testing systems for the following applications:

  • Life Cycle Testing
  • Three-Electrode Testing
  • DQ/dV & Coulombic Efficiency (HPC) Measurements
  • Symmetric-Cell Testing
  • Cyclic and Linear Sweep Voltammetry
  • Chronoamperometry
  • Chronocoulometry
  • Chronopotentiometry
  • Multi-Electrode Testing
  • EIS (Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy)
EIS Galvanostatic Plot
EIS Galvanostatic Plot
Differential Capacity Plot
Plot differential capacity test data and compare between cycles or multiple cells
multi channel potentiostat galvanostat

MSTAT: Multi-Channel Potentiostat/Galvanostat

Arbin’s MSTAT is a multi-channel potentiostat/galvanostat designed for advanced battery cell testing and high-performance electrochemical research of battery materials. Each channel is an independent potentiostat/galvanostat to give researchers full control of testing and unmatched flexibility. With true bipolar circuitry and both digital and analog voltage control, the MSTAT is the go-to choice for battery material researchers around the world.

Importance of Precision

This plot illustrates the difference between an Arbin battery tester and another leading manufacturer. The first of the two distinct dips in the plot may have been missed using inferior test equipment. While many companies try to sell the same legacy equipment for over a decade, Arbin has been hard at work improving our designs to meet future industry demands. We learned a lot during our three year ARPA-E project to develop high-current high-precision testers, and have implemented this new technology in our LBT, RBT-Cell, and HPS test equipment series. The HPS ultra-high precision systems represent our premium product, but LBT is superior to other standard testers on the market.

Measurement precision is more critical for long‐term battery testing and long‐term battery projections than control accuracy alone. Most other battery testing systems do not correctly specify their precision and/or have relatively poor precision, which hinder the conclusions drawn from results data. Important trends and electrochemical indicators may remain unnoticed; lost in the measurement noise as illustrated at right.

What Affects Test Equipment Precision
Resolution of DAC
Resolution of ADC
Non-linearity of calibration
Short-term drift (temperature)
Long-term drift (material characteristics)

Arbin Test Equipment Improvements
Higher Resolution
Improved Software Algorithms
New Methods of Thermal Management
New Patented Shunt Design
New Method of Time Keeping
New Materials


Auxiliaries and Optional Accessories Available to Enhance Testing

MZTC Multi-Chamber

Arbin Battery Test Chamber

Arbin's MZTC "Multi-Chamber" provides 8 fully independent mini-temperature chambers to isolate cells under test.

EIS Integration

Add a Gamry EIS unit or Arbin ACIM module that is shared across up to 32 test channels (each).

Temperature Control
Temperature Measurement

EIS (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) is an optional module to add to Arbin test systems to further enhance their capability.  Each EIS module can be shared/used by up to 32 Arbin test channels.  EIS data is synchronized with Arbin test data.
Compatible EIS modules include:
- Gamry 1010E
- Gamry 5000E
- Gamry Ref 3000
- Arbin ACIM module

Auxiliary Voltage Measurement
Digital or Analog I/O

Arbin offers an optional AutoCal module which can be used to re-calibrate the system when needed.  All Arbin test equipment include a calibration interface as standard that can use an external meter to check or perform re-calibration.  The AutoCal module is used to automate this process and will function without the need for an external meter.
NOTE: Arbin recommends equipment calibration is checked annually and re-calibrated as-needed.

AutoCal modules are available rated up to 200A, and High precision shunts are also available to use up to 600A.

Battery Holders
multi channel potentiostat galvanostat

Testing Equipment Engineered for Materials Research

Developing the next generation of battery technologies and chemistries requires testing equipment that offers both precision and speed. The full potentiostatic/galvanostatic control and powerful embedded controllers of Arbin’s MSTAT offer the flexibility to meet even the most advanced testing requirements. Along with fast data logging, and optional EIS and three-electrode testing integrated, Arbin Instruments’ solutions are designed to deliver research results.

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