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Linköping Linnaeus Initiative for Novel Functional Materials

LiLi-NFM is a coordinated laboratory for interdisciplinary research on advanced materials. It is supported by the Swedish Research Council (VR) for a 10-year period until 2016 by a Linnaeus Grant. 

The research environment constitutes the back-bone of materials research at Linköping. It consists of ~150 researchers from 9 divisions of IFM.

Prof. Erik Janzén (acting)
Prof. Lars Hultman (leave of absence)

Scientific Secretary
Prof. Irina Yakimenko

Ms. Malin Wahlberg

Research Divisions and Principal Investigators

Computational Physics Prof. Sven Stafström                                  
Functional Electronic Materials Prof. Weimin Chen
Prof. Irina Buyanova
Nanostructured Materials Prof. Magnus Odén
Plasma & Coating Physics

Prof. Ulf Helmersson
Prof. Nils Brenning

Semiconductor Materials Prof. Erik Janzén
Prof. Peder Bergman
Prof. Per-Olof Holtz
Prof. Leif Johansson
Prof. Bo Monemar
Prof. Rositza Yakimova
Surface & Semiconductor Physics       Prof. Roger Uhrberg
Prof. Wei-Xin Ni
Prof. Göran Hansson
Surface Physics & Chemistry Prof. Mats Fahlman
Theory & Modelling Prof. Igor Abrikosov
Prof. Sergei Simak
Prof. Irina Yakimenko
Thin Film Physics Prof. Lars Hultman
Prof. Jens Birch
Prof. Esteban Broitman
Prof. Anne Henry
Prof. Joseph E Greene
Prof. Ivan Petrov
Prof. Michel Barsoum


Our objective is in doing basic research to fundamentally understand the atomistic nature of materials synthesis, structure, and properties.  We can thus extend the frontiers of materials and nanosciences to expand the scientific foundations for the development of materials that improve, e.g., the efficiency, environmental acceptability and safety in energy generation, conversion, transmission and use.

The core activity of LiLi-NFM is within the largest and most rapidly developing area of physics research worldwide. In fact, the understanding of materials is the fundamental driving force in natural science and basic engineering research. We focus on studies on the nature of epilayers, thin films, and nanoscale materials. Here, we are in the forefront regarding materials synthesis including wide-band gap materials (SiC, BN, AlN, GaN, ZnO), graphene, nanocomposites, superlattices, fullerene-like compounds, and organic molecular materials.

Our research concerns unsurpassed knowledge-based design of new functional materials for elec-tronics, engineering, and the life sciences. We design material structures and explore outstanding phenomena. We also seek to discover novel phases.


Graphene Flagship

Linköping University is taking part in the Graphene Flagship which is funded by EC. The decision of funding is opening for the graphene researchers new horizons to bring this amazing material to revolutionary solutions in high speed electronics, medical diagnostics, space research, etc.

Researchers at IFM have the knowhow to produce one of the best graphene on silicon carbide worldwide. In November 2011 the first European company on epitaxial graphene (Graphensic AB) was founded as a spin off from LiU.

One of the goals of the Graphene Flagship is to bridge research and commercialization by creating new and improved graphene products to be implemented in advanced applications, which will bring added value to the society.


It is our strategy for excellence to develop and integrate theory, simulations, and experiment. The philosophy for operating LiLi-NFM contains the following elements: 

  • Natural science and basic engineering research 
  • Strategic recruitments and tenure-track plans 
  • Intra-disciplinary excellence
  • Inter- and multi-disciplinary modus operandi
  • Strong national & international collaboration
  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Leading computational capacity
  • Synergy and added value from collaboration

Competence Platforms

LiLi-NFM supports the following competence platforms around which several profile projects are operated:

  1. Materials Synthesis
  2. Materials Modeling
  3. Advanced Materials Analysis

Strategic Recruitments

  • Olle Kordina
  • Per Eklund
  • Jens Jensen
  • Mathieu Linares
  • Daniel Dagnelund
  • Martin Magnuson
  • Weine Olovsson
  • Henrik Pedersen
  • Iris Pilch
  • Fredrik Söderlind
  • Daniel Söderström
  • Jan Stehr
  • Rickard Armiento

Seminar Series

April 15, 2015 13.15-14.00 in Planck
Prof. Seán T. Barry, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Copper Metal By CVD and ALD: Vive Les Différence. Read abstract.
January 28, 2015 15.15-16.00 in Planck
Prof. Yong-Hoon Cho, Quantum & Nanobio Photonics Lab, Department of Physics, KAIST, Korea. Group III-Nitride Nanostructures for Novel Photonic Devices. Read abstract.
November 5, 2014 13.15-15.00 in Jordan-Fermi
Dr. Xianjie Liu, Surface Physics and Chemistry, IFM. Spectroscopic studies of carbon based materials – from nanodiamond, nanotube to conjugated molecules. Read abstract.
October 30, 2014 15.15-16.00 in Planck
Prof. Stephen E. Saddow , Electrical Engineering Department University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. Silicon Carbide Biomedical Technology. Read abstract.
May 21, 2014 13.15-14.00 in Planck
Prof. Marc Cahay, Spintronics and Vacuum Nanoelectronics Laboratory, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA. All electrical spintronics using quantum point contacts. Read abstract.
May 15, 2014 15.15-16.00 in Planck
Prof. Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres, ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain;
KTH, School of ICT, Department of Materials and Nanophysics, Kista, Sweden. Thermal transport in suspended Si membranes. Read abstract.
April 16, 2014 13.15-14.00 in Planck
Yuttapoom Puttisong, Functional electronic materials,  IFM. Pursuit of room temperature defect-engineered spin functionality in a semiconductor. Read abstract.


Electronic Structure Theory, 25-26 June 2013, Linköping University (organizer: Prof. I. Abrikosov and Prof I. Yakimenko, Competence platform in Materials Modeling), participant number: 45.
Graphene, III-nitrides, Nanostructures, Si MBE and MOCVD of ZnO organized by Materials Synthesis Platform, Linköping Linnaeus Initiative for Novel Functional Materials, Linköping University, 20-21 November 2013 (organizers: Prof. E. Janzén,Prof. R. Yakimova and Prof I. Yakimenko, Competence Platform in Materials Synthesis), participant number: 40.

Linnaeus Workshop on Advanced Materials Analysis organized by Advanced Materials Analysis Platform LiLi-NFM, Linköping University, 3-4 June 2014 (organizers: Prof. J. Birch, Prof. R. Uhrberg and Prof. I. Yakimenko),  participants number: 35. Read Programme. Read Abstracts.

Linnaeus Workshop on Outstanding Nanoscale Materials organized by Project Cluster in Outstanding Nanoscale Materials LiLi-NFM, Linköping University, 17 March 2015 (organizers: Prof. M. Odén, Prof. U. Helmersson and Prof. I. Yakimenko), participants number: 35. Read Programme. Read Abstracts.

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Last updated: 05/04/14