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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


Anton Zubayer, Naureen Ghafoor, Kristbjoerg Anna Thorarinsdottir, Sjoerd Stendahl, Artur Glavic, Jochen Stahn, Gyula Nagy, Grzegorz Greczynski, Matthias Schwartzkopf, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund, Jens Birch, Fridrik Magnus, Fredrik Eriksson (2024) Reflective, polarizing, and magnetically soft amorphous neutron optics with 11B-enriched B4C Science Advances, Vol. 10, Article eadl0402 Continue to DOI
Collin Rowe, Sathish Kumar Shanmugham, Grzegorz Greczynski, Lars Hultman, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund, Ganpati Ramanath (2024) Molecularly-induced roughness and oxidation in cobalt/organodithiol/cobalt nanolayers synthesized by sputter-deposition and molecular sublimation Dalton Transactions, Vol. 53, p. 6451-6458 Continue to DOI
Faezeh Alijan Farzad Lahiji, Biplab Paul, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund (2024) Unusual tilted growth and epitaxial relationship of NaCl B1-structured NiO and CrN on r-plane Al2O3 Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 135, Article 065302 Continue to DOI
Clara Linder, Smita Gangaprasad Rao, Robert Boyd, Grzegorz Greczynski, Per Eklund, Sara Munktell, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Emma Björk (2024) Effect of Mo content on the corrosion resistance of (CoCrFeNi)1−xMox thin films in sulfuric acid Thin Solid Films, Vol. 790, Article 140220 Continue to DOI
Daria Pankratova, Khabib Yusupov, Alberto Vomiero, Sanath Kumar Honnali, Robert Boyd, Daniele Fournier, Sebastian Ekeroth, Ulf Helmersson, Clio Azina, Arnaud Le Febvrier (2024) Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties by Embedding Fe Nanoparticles into CrN Films for Energy Harvesting Applications ACS Applied Nano Materials, Vol. 7, p. 3428-3435 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.