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Per Persson

Professor, Head of Unit

Exploring and tailoring materials, atom by atom

A materials scientist at heart, I apply state of the art in situ microscopy for acquisition of elemental and chemical information at the atomic scale. With these tools, I explore the physical and chemical organization in low dimensional structures of solid materials, employing a combined experimental and theoretical approach.

I am the leading electron microscopist at LiU, administering a >100 MSEK investment in research infrastructure serving >100 direct users. For the past decade, I have worked hard to promote LiU to one of the more advanced microscopy environments in Europe. As a consequence, I am nationally recognized as Special Researcher (VR) and Infrastructure Research Fellow (SSF). Further I have organized the procurement for one of the most advanced electron microscopes in northern Europe and outlined the specifications for Ångströmhuset, a dedicated future proof microscopy environment.

My international network is substantial through years abroad in multiple research environments.


About me

Current position

  • 2016 Professor

Academic history

  • 1998-2001 PhD student, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • 2002-2003 Postdoctoral fellow, Frederik Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois, USA.
  • 2004 Research Associate, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • 2005-2006 Research Scientist, Nanoport, FEI Company (formerly Philips Electron Optics), Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • 2006-2007 Scholar, School of Physics/ Electron Microscopy Unit, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • 2008-2009 Assistant Professor, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • 2010-2015 Senior lecturer, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • 2015 Associate Professor, Linköping University, Sweden.

Commissions of trust

  • German Research Council (DFG), Research Centre review panel 2020
  • German Research Council (DFG), Infrastructure review panel 2019
  • Swedish Research Council, Review panel Materials science 2017-19
  • Swedish Research Council, Review panel International Post Doc 2017-18
  • Board member SCANDEM, Nordic microscopy society 2010-
  • Panel member equal opportunities at LiU, 2015-
    • Multiple assignments as committee member, reviewer (including high impact journals like Advanced Materials, see my Publons profile), session & symposium organizer + chair and examiner.


Electron microscopy, graduate level (2007-)

Notable appointments

• VR Special Researcher 2008-2014
• SSF Infrastructure Fellow 2015-2020
• Swedish research council, (VR), Special Researcher
• Foundation for Strategic Research, (SSF), Infrastructure Fellow
• Advanced Functional Materials, (AFM), Principal Investigator




Person (Jie Zhou) point at a computer screen.

A new world of 2D material is opening up

Materials that are incredibly thin exhibit unique properties that make them appealing for energy storage, catalysis and water purification. LiU-researchers have developed a method that enables the synthesis of hundreds of new 2D materials.

Major investment in new equipment for materials research

The Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability, WISE, donates SEK 44 million to Linköping University for new scientific equipment that will contribute to cutting-edge materials research.

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Sharpened chemical scissor paves the way for tailored nanomaterials

Using a “chemical scissor”, thin materials can be tailored even at atom level. This is shown in a study published in Science. The results pave the way for new materials for use in future sustainable energy production, energy storage and electronics.


Selected publications

  • INVITED REVIEW Current state of the art on tailoring the MXene composition, structure, and surface chemistry P.O.Å. Persson and J. Rosen
    Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science 23 100774 (2019)
  • INVITED PAPER How much oxygen can a MXene surface take before it breaks?
    I. Persson, J. Halim, J. Palisaitis, M. Barsoum, V. Darakchieva, J Wagner, J. Rosen, P.O.Å. Persson
    Adv. Funct. Mat. 1909005 (2020)
  • 2D transition metal carbides (MXenes) for carbon capture
    I. Persson, J. Halim, H. Lind, T.W. Hansen, J.B. Wagner, L.-Å. Näslund, V. Darakchieva, J. Palisaitis, J. Rosen and P.O.Å. Persson
    Advanced Materials 805472 (2018)
  • The Organization and Thermal Behavior of Surface Functional Groups on Ti3C2 MXene
    I. Persson, L.-Å. Näslund, J. Halim, M. Barsoum, J. Palisaitis, V. Darakchieva, J. Rosen, P.O.Å. Persson
    2D Materials 5 015002 (2017)
  • Atomically resolved structural and chemical investigation of single MXene sheets
    L.H. Karlsson, J. Halim, M.W. Barsoum, and P.O.Å. Persson
    Nano Letters 15, 4955 (2015)
  • On the Structural Stability of MXene and the role of Transition Metal Adatoms
    J. Palisaitis, I. Persson, J. Rosen and P.O.Å. Persson
    Nanoscale 10, 10850-10855 (2018)
  • Tailoring structure, composition and energy storage properties of MXenes from selective etching of in-plane, chemically ordered MAX phases
    I. Persson,, A. el Ghazaly, Q. Tao, J. Halim, S. Kota, V. Darakchieva, J. Palisaitis, M. Barsoum, P.O.Å. Persson, J. Rosen,
    Small 4, 1703676 (2018)
  • Two-dimensional Mo1.33C (MXene) with designed divacancy ordering prepared from parent 3-D (Mo2/3Sc1/3)2AlC (MAX phase) with in-plane chemical ordering
    Q. Tao, M. Dahlqvist, J. Lu, S. Kota, R. Meshkian, J. Halim, J. Palisaitis, L. Hultman, M. W. Barsoum, P. O. Å. Persson, J. Rosen
    Nature Comm. 8, 14949 (2017).
  • W-based atomic laminates and their two-dimensional derivative W1.33C MXene with vacancy ordering
    R. Meshkian, M. Dahlqvist, J. Lu, B. Wickman, J. Halim, J. Thörnberg, Q. Tao, S. Li, S. Intikhab, J. Snyder, M. W. Barsoum, J. Palisaitis, L. Hultman, P.O.Å. Persson, J. Rosen
    Advanced Materials 30, 1706409 (2018)
  • On the structural stability of MXenes and the role of transition metal adatoms
    J. Palisaitis, I. Persson, J. Halim, J. Rosen and P.O.Å. Persson
    Nanoscale 10, 10850-10855 (2018)

Publications in chronological order


Sachin Sharma, Justinas Palisaitis, Ivan Gueorguiev Ivanov, Per O A Persson, Henrik Pedersen, Hans Högberg (2024) The Influence of Carbon on Polytype and Growth Stability of Epitaxial Hexagonal Boron Nitride Films Advanced Materials Interfaces Continue to DOI
Anders Gustafsson, Axel Persson, Per O A Persson, Vanya Darakchieva, Zhaoxia Bi, Lars Samuelson (2024) Cathodoluminescence investigations of dark-line defects in platelet-based InGaN nano-LED structures Nanotechnology, Vol. 35, Article 255703 Continue to DOI
Youbing Li, Shuairu Zhu, Jia-Bo Le, Jun Lu, Xue Wang, Lu Chen, Haoming Ding, Ke Chen, Mian Li, Shiyu Du, Hui Wang, Runnan Zhang, Per O. Å. Persson, Lars Hultman, Per Eklund, Yongbo Kuang, Zhifang Chai, Qing Huang (2024) A-site alloying-guided universal design of noble metal-based MAX phases Matter, Vol. 7, p. 523-538 Continue to DOI
Per O A Persson, Johanna Rosén, Ivan Petrov, Justinas Palisaitis (2024) Exploring the thermal behavior and diffusive functionality of structural defects and phase boundaries in near-stoichiometric chromium diborides by in situ scanning transmission electron microscopy Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, Vol. 42, Article 020401 Continue to DOI
Samira Dorri, Naureen Ghafoor, Justinas Palisaitis, Sjoerd Stendahl, Anton Devishvili, Alexei Vorobiev, Fredrik Eriksson, Per O.Å. Persson, Jens Birch (2024) Enhanced quality of single crystal CrBx/TiBy diboride superlattices by controlling boron stoichiometry during sputter deposition Applied Surface Science, Article 159606 Continue to DOI