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.

Funding 

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.

Upcoming events at IFM
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22 September 2020

Public disputation in Theoretical Biology: Usman Akram

9.00 am – 12.00 pm Online

Usman Akram, at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends his thesis  entitled "Closing nutrient cycles". Opponent is Bob Rees, Scotland´s Rural College. The event is open for the public and takes place online. For more information, contact Uno Wennergren, uno.wennergren@liu.se.

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25 September 2020

Public disputation in Biomolecular and Organic Electronics: Tim Cornelissen

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Online

Tim Cornelissen, at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends his thesis entitled ”Switching Kinetics and Charge Transport in Organic Ferroelectrics”. Opponent is Docent Kamal Asadi, Max Planck Institute for polymer research, Germany. The event is open to the public and takes place online. For more information and link, contact Martijn Kemerink, martijn.kemerink@cam.uni-heidelberg.de.

30 September 2020

Public disputation in Electronic and Photonic Materials: Lei Wang

10.00 am – 1.00 pm TEMCAS T-byggnaden / Online, for linc, contact wendela.yonar@liu.se.

Lei Wang, at the department for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends her thesis called "Protein Nanomaterials: Functionalization, Self-assembly, and Applications". Opponent is Doctor German Salazar Alvarez, Uppsala University. The event is public and available online. For more information, contact Niclas Solin, niclas.solin@liu.se. For linc to event, contact Wendela Yonar, wendela.yonar@liu.se.

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14 October 2020

Public disputation in Electronic and photonic materials: Heyong Wang 

10.00 am – 1.00 pm Online

Heyong Wang, at the Department for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends his thesis ”High-quality perovskite films for efficient and stable light-emitting diodes”. Opponent is Professor Ifor David William Samuel, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom. The event is open to the public and available online. For more information, contact Feng Gao, feng.gao@liu.se.

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15 October 2020

Public disputation in Sensor and Actuator Systems: Lingyin Meng

10.00 am – 1.00 pm Online

Lingyin Meng, at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends his thesis "Tailoring conducting polymer interface for sensing and biosensing". Opponent is Man Boc Gu, Korea University, Korea. The event is open to the public and available online. For link to disputation, contact Wing Cheung Mak, wing.cheung.mak@liu.se.

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16 October 2020

Disputation in Thin Film Physics: Christina Åkerlind

9.00 am – 12.00 pm Online

Christina Åkerlind, at Swedish Defence Research Agency, defends her thesis "Optical Studies of Bio-inspired Materials for Cammouflage". Opponent is Karin Stein, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation, Germany. The event takes place in Planck and is open to the public online. For more information, contact Kenneth Järrendahl, kenneth.jarrendahl@liu.se. 

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23 October 2020

Public Disputation in Organic chemistry: Jakob Wallgren

10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Jakob Wallgren, at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends his thesis "An insight into the metabolism of New Psychoactive Substances - structural elucidation of synthetic cannabinoid and fentanyl analogue metabolites using synthesized reference standards" Opponent is Professor Mogens Johannsen, Aarhus University, Denmark. The event is open to the public and takes place at Planck. For more information, contact Johan Dahlén, johan.dahlen@liu.se.

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Research at IFM 
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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).

Research groups and projects

Doctoral education at IFM
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Graduate schools
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Education
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Even though our focus is research, undergradutate teaching at IFM is extensive.

Undergraduate teaching

Tom Lindström, docent i teoretisk biologi, främsta tillämpad modellering, ssk inom områdena ekologi och epidemiologi. Forskningsintressen i skärningspunkten mellan biologiska processer, statistik, matematik och beräkning. Ofta involverar projekt bayesianska analyser av strukturerade data. Tom Lindström,  theoretical biologist with an affinity for applied modeling, primarily within the fields of ecology and epidemiology. Research interests lie at the intersection of biological processes, statistics, mathematics, and computation. More often than not, projects involve Bayesian analyses of structured data. Photo credit Charlotte PerhammarEach year we teach over 200 courses for undergraduate students in engineering programs, master of science programs in engineering programs, teacher training programs and in the foundation year.

For a full list of Master Programmes and undergraduate programmes given at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, please see the department's Swedish language web page.

Master programmes in English at IFM

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Visiting address

Campus Valla, Buildings B and F

Mail address

Linköping University
IFM
581 83 Linköping

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