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

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

Research Papers

The contribution of raised intraneuronal chloride to epileptic network activity

The Journal of Neuroscience

View paper

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

Molecular Brain

View paper

DNA nanotubes as intracellular delivery vehicles in vivo


View paper


Shallow Bracket

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

Steep Bracket

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

Flip up bracket

The flip up vertical pipette exchange bracket mounts to the PatchStar to allow easy pipette exchange especially where space is limited

Low Profile L Bracket

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

Dovetail Probe Holder

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

Fixed Sliding Probe Carriage

Sliding probe holder with a fixed angle of approach

Universal Rod Holder

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

Electrode Holding Bar

Electrode/probe holding bar with v groove which can also be used with Scientifica’s LBM-7 manipulator and In Vivo Manipulators.

Magnetic Base

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

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