MALL – the Materials Analysis Laboratory at Linköping
– a unit of the Thin Film Physics Division, IFM, Linköping University (LiU)
Director: Prof Lars Hultman
a) Research areas: Materials Science is the centerpiece of LiU’s Research Strategy. LiU fosters a commitment to basic and problem-oriented research and education in cross-disciplinary perspectives, and internationally competitive contexts; and there is a continuous dialogue with industry and society.
Several research divisions are involved in the materials science of advanced functional materials, with some 40 researchers trained in electron microscopy . There is research on synthesis processes and characterization of microstructure and composition, as well as the determination and modeling of material’s properties.
Linköping’s research areas include: • Nanostructured thin film and particulate materials (artificial superlattices; x-ray mirrors) and nanoparticles (plasmonics and mesoporous materials) • Electronic materials; Epitaxial Wide-band-gap nitrides (GaN, AlN, InN); Power-electronics SiC; ZnO, Graphene • Wear-resistant, low-friction, and superhard materials; carbides, nitrides, oxides, diamond-like & fullerene-like thin solid films of carbon compounds • Chemical and Gas Sensors • Polymer Photovoltaics, Organic Bioelectronics, and Paper Electronics
b) Strongpoint areas: Imaging and chemical analysis with atomic resolution, by means of state of the art: atomic resolution imaging techniques and optics, electron energy loss and X-ray dispersive spectroscopy methods and equipment, including ab-initio calculations of spectral fine structure and in situ nanoindentation on both TEM and SEM platforms.