SU-P2000 Micropipette Puller

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  • Capable of pulling quartz, borosilicate and aluminosilicate glass
  • Fully programmable - including heating filament characteristics
  • Pulls electrodes with tip diameters smaller than 0.03 µm
  • The P-2000/F is ideal for applications such as nanospray and NSOM.
  • Preprogrammed sample programs for intra-cellular and patch pipettes. The P-2000/F also comes with an NSOM tip program.



  • The laser has no melting point limit as with conventional metal filaments and cannot be burned out
  • Optimized velocity sensing circuit for maximized sensitivity and reproducibility
  • Operating life of the CO2 laser is expected to be in excess of ten years with normal use, after which the laser can be refurbished by the Sutter Instrument Company for a nominal charge
  • Individual programs can be write-protected in order to secure them from inadvertent changes
  • The total time that the heat is on during the pull is displayed for improved program development and troubleshooting
  • A date and time stamp is displayed to show the last time that a program has been changed


  • Patch clamp - single isolated and whole cell
  • Intracellular recording
  • Microinjection
  • Nano probe research
  • SECM

The SU-P2000 micropipette puller represents a significant advance in the technology of fabrication of micropipettes, optical fiber probes, and nanospray tips. The P-2000 integrates a CO2 laser-based heat source with the technology derived from our extensive experience with conventional pullers. This system offers capabilities unmatched by other pullers.

While the SU-P2000 is suitable for working with most conventional glasses, its primary advantage is the ability to work with quartz glass (fused silica). Quartz offers superior material properties for a variety of research applications. Quartz is stronger than other glasses and can facilitate penetration through tough tissues which would normally break conventional pipettes. For applications requiring a low noise glass, users will find that quartz is the lowest noise glass available. Quartz contains none of the metals used in conventional glasses. Optically, quartz is virtually free from fluorescence when illuminated.

A CO2 laser was selected as the heat source for the P-2000 for several reasons:

  1. The nominal emission wavelength of the laser approximates the resonant frequency of the SiO2 lattice in glass. Thus, quartz and other conventional glasses can be melted when the appropriate laser power is supplied.
  2. Laser heat is clean and leaves no metal residue on the pipette as do conventional heating filaments.
  3. Laser heat can be turned off instantly, leaving no residual filament heat.
  4. The user can program the amount and distribution of heat supplied to the glass
  5. Laser heat source means there are no filaments to burn out or replace.

The SU-P2000 can store up to 100 separate programs, with each program consisting of up to 8 command lines. Programmable parameters include: laser power level, scan width, trip velocity, delay/ laser on time, and hard pull strength.

One important consideration for the use of the SU-P2000 is the diameter of the glass used. The SU-P2000 is designed to produce even heating on glass up to 1.2 mm in outside diameter. Larger diameter glass can be used with theSU-P20000 (up to 1.5 mm quartz and 1.8 mm conventional glass), but the performance is best with glass that is 1.2 mm diameter or less.



30 x 14.25 x 13.25"
76 x 36 x 33.5 cm

90 lbs. (41 kg)

115/230 V, 50/60 Hz 

*Patent No.4,600,424


Munoz, J.L. and Coles, J. Quartz micropipettes for intracellular voltage micro- electrodes and ion selective microelectrodes. Journal of Neuroscience Methods: 22:57-64, 1987.

Rae, J.L. and Levis, R. A. A method for exceptionally low noise single channel recordings. European Journal of Physiology - Pflügers Archiv: 420:618-620, 1992.

Zuazaga, C. and Steinacker, A. Patch-clamp recording of ion channels: Interfering effects of patch pipette glass. News in Physiological Science: 5:155-159, 1990.

Levis, R.A. and Rae, J. L. The use of quartz patch pipettes for low noise single channel recording. Biophysical Journal: 65:1666-1677, 1993.

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