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Arnaud Le Febvrier

Principal Research Engineer, Docent

Docent in materials science

My research is focused on fundamental and application-inspired studies of coatings, whereby the defects in the materials are introduced/controlled for enhanced physical properties. Various applications are aimed: thermoelectric, hard coating, protective coatings, fuel cell, and optical active applications are few of them.

Research interest

My research interest involves the design, development, and understanding of physical properties of coating for promising thermoelectric/electrical/mechanical properties by controlling defects in a material. Inserting defects (0D, 1D, 2D, 3D) in a control manner can enhance targeted physical properties. This implies a high level of control of the material synthesis and of understanding the induced properties. I have a particular interest in the control of defects in nanocomposite and their potential in improving and/or opening new doors for several application domains. 


My main teaching activities include a vacuum sciences and technology course at a PhD level and few interventions in the bachelor level program for applied physics with  labs/supervision of project.

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2021- to present:  Principal research engineer/ senior scientist staff, Linköping university, Sweden
2017-2021: Assistant Professor, Linköping University, Sweden
2015-2017: Postdoc, Linköping University, Sweden
2013-2015: Postdoc, National instate for materials science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan


2021- Docent in Materials science, Linköping University
2012- PhD in Materials science /Chemistry, University of Rennes 1, France
2009- MSc in Materials sciences, University of Rennes 1, France


  • Thin film growth by plasma techniques
  • Crystallography / X-rays diffraction
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Vacuum science and technology
  • Electrical characterization techniques 


Find my research


Susmita Chowdhury, Victor Hjort, Rui Shu, Grzegorz Greczynski, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund, Martin Magnuson (2023) Thermoelectric properties and electronic structure of Cr(Mo,V)Nx thin films studied by synchrotron and lab-based x-ray spectroscopy Physical Review B, Vol. 108, Article 205134 Continue to DOI
Sanjay Kumar Nayak, Sathish Kumar Shanmugham, Ivan Petrov, Johanna Rosén, Per Eklund, Jens Birch, Arnaud Le Febvrier (2023) Growth and stability of epitaxial zirconium diboride thin films on silicon (111) substrate Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 134, Article 135303 Continue to DOI
Victor Hjort, Niraj Kumar Singh, Susmita Chowdhury, Rui Shu, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund (2023) Phase Composition and Thermoelectric Properties of Epitaxial CrMoVN Thin Films ADVANCED ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH Continue to DOI
Faezeh Alijan Farzad Lahiji, Samiran Bairagi, Roger Magnusson, Mauricio A. Sortica, Daniel Primetzhofer, Erik Ekström, Biplab Paul, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund (2023) Growth and optical properties of NiO thin films deposited by pulsed dc reactive magnetron sputtering Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, Vol. 41, Article 063402 Continue to DOI
Hairui Ma, Qiang Miao, Wenping Liang, Per O A Persson, Justinas Palisaitis, Xiguang Gao, Yindong Song, Per Eklund, Arnaud Le Febvrier (2023) Effect of modulation period and thickness ratio on the growth and mechanical properties of heteroepitaxial c-Ti0.4Al0.6N/h-Cr2N multilayer films Surface & Coatings Technology, Vol. 472, Article 129921 Continue to DOI

More about my research

scehmatic image of the techniques used in this research
Research synergy
  • Plasma techniques includes magnetron sputtering (Dc, Rf, High power impulse (HiPIMS))
  • Materials characterization (few examples presented in the picture):
  1. Picture of Cu nanoparticle (Ø 60 nm) grown using a cluster/nanoparticle source from Ionautics AB
  2. High resolution transmission electronic microscope image from TiN film. Observation of lattice distortion leading to local microstrain. More detail here: 
  3. High resolution transmission electronic microscope image from CaMnO3 film grown on LaAlO3 substrate: observation of antiphase boundary. More detail here
  4. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of a ScN film. Detection of oxide and oxynitride contamination in the film. More details here :
  • Physical properties - My research interest leans more toward thermoelectric applications. Nevertheless, a large proportion of the project I am involved with includes the study of the mechanical, oxidation, optical, and electrical properties / hard coatings, functional surface for fuel cell, optically active films.