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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2 December 2020

Nobel prize 2020 - Physics

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm Online via Zoom.

Vallery Stanishev will present the prize in Physics, about Black holes. “For the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”.  Meeting ID: 650 1103 7344 Passcode: 885031


3 December 2020

4 December 2020

Public Disputation in Theoretical Physics: Johan Tidholm

10.15 am – 2.00 pm Zoom

Johan Tidholm at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology is defending his thesis “Lattice dynamics from fundamental research to practical applications". Opponent is Gerd Steinler-Neumann, University Bayreuth, Germany. Supervisor is Igor Abrikosov, professor. The event is online, via Zoom, broadcasted from Campus Valla, Fysikhuset, Planck, Linköping University and is open to the public. Contact for the zoom link.


11 December 2020

Public disputation in Nanodesign: Victor Gervilla Palomar

3.00 pm – 6.00 pm Planck and online via Teams, contact Wendela Yonar for link,

Victor Gervilla Palomar, at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, defends his thesis "Metal film growth on weakly interacting substrates: multiscale modelling". Opponent is Michael Tringides, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, USA.


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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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Campus Valla, Buildings B and F

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Linköping University
581 83 Linköping

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