Follow the steps below to use the Dummy Cell to perform cyclic voltammetry.
Make sure your potentiostat is connected to the computer system and is turned on.
Physically connect the potentiostat to your electrochemical cell using an appropriate cell cable. Note that some Pine potentiostats come with a “Dummy Cell” as shown below that may be used for quick verification of the instrument and software.
Examine the Instrument Status (see below). Initially, the status should indicate that the cell is a “disconnected” state. If desired, you may use the controls to apply a known idle condition to the cell. In the example below, the instrument has been adjusted to idle in the potentiostat mode while applying to the working electrode.
The results of the experiment are placed in a study folder in the archive. In addition to the main plot of the voltammogram, additional graphs are created in the “Other Plots” folder. The results are also available in tabular form.
NOTE: The diagonal line in the plot above is clearly not an actual voltammogram. This pure ohmic response reflects the summed value of two series resistors on “Dummy Cell C” as follows: The charge transfer resistor () is nominally , and the uncompensated resistor () is . Thus, the slope of the diagnonal line reflects a combined nominal resistance of . (The precise value of the summed resistance can be deduced from the inverse slope of the diagonal line. In this case the value is .)