Scientifica PatchStar Motorised Micromanipulator

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Scientifica PatchStar Micromanipulator

The most versatile motorised manipulator for electrophysiological studies. Designed with leading physiologists.



Less than 1 µm drift over 2 hours for long-term experiments

Super-smooth movement

20 nm resolution for absolute positioning


Easily switchable between left and right-handed configurations


Electrically quiet for recording of extremely small signals without having to switch off the motors

Fast & simple

Quickly move your pipette with adjustable speed settings and easily change pipettes thanks to the sliding bracket and rotational stages

PatchStar 360° view

Control options

Operate via our ergonomically designed remote control options or through our specially designed LinLab software.

Design & Specifications

3 orthogonal and 4th virtual
20 mm (in X, Y and Z axes)
Crossed roller
Minimum speed
Minimum speed
1 µm per second
Maximum speed
Maximum speed
4 mm per second
Electronic resolution
Electronic resolution
20 nm
Memory positions
Memory positions
50 on control device (unlimited via LinLab)
LinLab for Windows


“We selected PatchStar micromanipulators for the combination of high precision, stability and competitive price.”
Dr Roman Gorbachev, The University of Manchester
"The success rate of my outside-out patch clamp recordings significantly increased to over 90% or even 100%.”
Dr Can Peng, University of Florida
“The PatchStar is the new standard. After 6-months of use, we are still truly impressed by the stability.”
Dr Christophe Bernard, Aix Marseille Université

Worldwide Presence

Scientifica’s equipment is used in more than 50 countries worldwide. Some of our customers include; California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, Imperial College London, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University and over 700 more research institutions.


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2 Year Warranty

Scientifica offer a two-year warranty with all Scientifca manufactured goods and a one-year warranty for third party supplied goods. Giving you peace of mind when purchasing your Scientifica equipment.

Scientifica Exchange Programme

Scientifica Exchange gives you a convenient method for swapping your faulty equipment over for working instruments quickly, to keep you working even if something goes wrong.

In the event that a Scientifica product needs repairing or servicing then the faulty equipment may be exchanged for the same type of equipment from Scientifica’s service stock.

To ensure the service is fast and cost effective we will ship you the replacement part as soon as we can. Read more about the exchange programme here.


Download the PatchStar Micromanipulator brochure for more information.

Research Papers

The contribution of raised intraneuronal chloride to epileptic network activity

The Journal of Neuroscience

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Dual patch voltage clamp study of low membrane resistance astrocytes in situ

Molecular Brain

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DNA nanotubes as intracellular delivery vehicles in vivo


View paper


Shallow Bracket (PS-7500)

Allows low, shallow angle positioning of the headstage or probe (recommended if mounting on SlicePlatform, MTP or MMTP)

Shallow bracket (PS-7500) Shallow bracket (PS-7500)

Steep Bracket (PS-7550)

Allows steep angles or additional height reach for the headstage or probe (recommended if mounting on MMBP)

Steep Bracket (PS-7550) Steep Bracket (PS-7550)

Low Profile L Bracket (PS-7800)

Allows the position of the Z axis module to be changed, lowering the height of the PatchStar for rigs with height restrictions

Low profile L Bracket Low profile L Bracket

Dovetail Probe Holder (PH-1000)

Dovetail probe holder to fit a wide-range of bars and probes

Dovetail Probe Holder Dovetail Probe Holder

Electrode Holding Bar (EHB-500)

Electrode/probe holding bar with v groove to hold glass capillaries

Electrode holding bar

Magnetic Base (S-MB-3020-00)

Low-profile magnetic base to attach your PatchStar to your antivibration table or other platform

Patchstar magnetic base

Universal Rod Holder (PS-7600)

Rod holder to mount stimulation bars, or headstages with mounting bars to the PatchStar.

Universal Rod Holder Universal Rod Holder

Fixed Sliding Probe Carriage (PS-7750)

Sliding probe holder with a fixed angle of approach to mount stimulation bars, or headstages with mounting bar to PatchStar.

Fixed sliding probe carriage Fixed sliding probe carriage
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