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Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)

The facility offers equipment and support for electrical impedance measurements of various sample types ranging from cell culture measurements to whole body measurements. Impedance measurements are suitable for both biological and material research.


The facility is situated in Computational Biophysics and Imaging Group (CBIG) in Tampere University of Technology in ARVO building. We have two devices for impedance measurements and expertise on processing and analysis of impedance data.

EIS is a method of measuring the electrical impedance of a sample as a function of the frequency of an applied electrical current or voltage. Impedance is a measure of the resistance to the flow of an alternating current or voltage. Biological tissue exhibits electrical impedance, which varies with the frequency in a way that is related to the properties of the tissue. Tissue contains both resistive and capacitive properties resulting in a complex electrical impedance. EIS measurements will generate a spectrum that is characteristic of the biological tissue. Changes in the impedance spectrum can therefore be directly related to changes in the tissue.

EIS is powerful technique with many advantages over other techniques:

  • Non-invasive
  • Non-destructive
  • Repeatable

Our devices can be used to measure biological objects such as humans or cell cultures, but also to measure materials, for example, their porosity.


Solartron impedance measurement device

We have the system containing the Solartron 1260A Frequency Response Analyzer and 1294A Impedance Interface (Solartron Analytical, Hampshire, UK).

  • True differential 4-terminal connections
  • Frequency range: from 10 μHz to 32 MHz
  • Impedance range: from 10 Ω to 1 GΩ
  • 1 μV, 1 pA sensitivity

IEC 601 connections – for in vivo investigations including a wide range of applications, e.g. skin measurements.

HF2IS Impedance Spectroscope (Zurich Instruments)

The system consists of the HF2IS impedance spectroscope and the HF2TA current amplifier (Zurich Instruments AG, Switzerland). HF2TA converts two input currents into voltage output and ensures stability and a smooth operation over the entire frequency range.

  • 2 measurement units with single-ended and differential operation
  • 1 µHz – 50 MHz analog frequency range
  • 210 MSample/s, 14 bit A/D conversion
  • 4 frequencies simultaneously (8 with HF2IS-MF option)
  • 2/3/4-terminal measurement configurations
  • Large range of demodulation filter settings
  • 4x 1 MSample/s, 16 bit, ±10 V auxiliary analog output
  • 2x 400 kSample/s, 16 bit, ±10 V auxiliary analog input


Prices will be defined based on customer needs. Please inquire!


Facility Director:
Professor Jari Hyttinen
Tel: +358 40 849 0020



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HF2IS Impedance Spectroscope (Zurich Instruments)

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Lehti-Polojärvi M. Electrical impedance tomography applied to stem cells in hydrogel scaffold. Tampere University of Technology, 72 pages, 2014.

Cömert A, Hyttinen J. Impedance spectroscopy of changes in skin-electrode impedance induced by motion. Biomedical engineering online, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2014. DOI:

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