Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM)

Undergraduate teaching and research in the areas of biology, chemistry, materials and applied physics and theory and modelling are conducted at this department.

About IFM

Photo credit Thor BalkhedThe Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, or IFM, is one of the original departments of Linköping University and was founded in 1969 as the Department of Physics and Measurement Technology. In the beginning there were thirty employees including three professors at the department. Since then a lot has changed and IFM is now one of the biggest departments at LiU.

Current organisation

Today the department has more than 400 employees, including 50 professors and 150 PhD-students. Each year, about 20 PhD students receive their doctorates at IFM.

In addition to this, the department receives guest researchers from all over the globe. We have especially good relations to a number of universities in Russia and China.

Our yearly budget exceeds 350 million SEK, the majority of which related to research projects. However, we also offer over 200 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses each year.


Xiongyu Wu, IFM, tillsammans med student. Photo credit Anna NilsenOur great expansion in research has been possible thanks to generous grants from external funding agencies such as the Swedish Research Council (VR), Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), VINNOVA, Formas and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Added to this is also increasing research funding from the EU Framework Programmes. Materials Research has received a number of major contributions as strategically important and excellent environment: VR Linnaeus Center LiLi-NFM, Vinnova Excellence Center FunMat, SSF's strategic research center MS2E and the government's strategic research grants for materials research - AFM.

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19 May 2021

WCMM Clinical Arena - ”Quantification of the skin’s innate reactivity for effective and reliable dry-coated microneedle vaccination”

4.25 pm – 5.15 pm Via Zoom

Welcome to WCMM Clinical Arena on May 19th, where the title of presentation is “Quantification of the skin’s innate reactivity for effective and reliable dry-coated microneedle vaccination”. Speakers are Rolf Saager, IMT, LiU and MD Chris Anderson BKV, LiU. Due to current restrictions, this presentation will be held digitally via Zoom.


Rozalyn Simon

28 May 2021

Doctoral thesis defence, Applied Physics: Marius Rodner

1.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Marius Rodner will defend his doctoral thesis "Functionized epitaxial graphene as a versatile platform for air quality sensors". Opponent: Anton Köck, PhD, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Österrike. Location: Ada Lovelace, B-building, Campus Valla at Linköping university. For more information:

10 June 2021

Doctoral thesis defence (Material Science): Rommel Paulo Viloan

9.15 am – 5.00 pm

Rommel Paulo Viloan defends his doctoral dissertation at Linköping University. Opponent: Rainjer Hippler, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Science, Prague Location: Online. N.B. the time set can be adjusted. More info and link:


20 August 2021

Doctoral defence in chemistry with a focus on materials chemistry: Hama Nadhom.

9.15 am – 4.00 pm

Hama Nadhom defends his doctoral dissertation "Area selective chemical vapor deposition of metallic films using plasma electrons asa reducing agent" at Linköping University. Location: Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla. Opponent: Professor Wilhelmus (Erwin) Kessels, TU / Eindhoven, Applied physics. For more info:


24 September 2021

Doctoral thesis defence, in chemistry with a focus on materials chemistry: Polla Rouf 

1.15 pm – 6.00 pm

Polla Rouf defends his doctoral thesis "Time-resolved CVD Group 13-Nitrides" at Linköping University. Opponent: Professor Ola Nilsen, University of Oslo. Location: Sal Nobel (BL32), Campus Valla. More information:


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At the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, we research in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Materials Physics, Theory and Modelling and Applied Physics.

Photo credit Anna NilsenWe also host two multi-disciplinary research schools, Forum Scientium and Agora Materiae, as well as a number of major research projects and centers such as CeNano (Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), Biosensor and Bioelectronics Centre and SIMARC (Swedish Interdisciplinary Magnetic Resonance Centre).

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Visiting address

Campus Valla, Buildings B and F

Mail address

Linköping University
581 83 Linköping

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