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.

IFM, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, one of the original departments of Linköping University, was founded in 1970 as the Department of Physics and Measurement Technology. In the beginning there were thirty employees including three professors at the department. Today the department has more than 420 employees, including 45 professors and 130 PhD-students. Each year, about 20 PhD-students become doctors here.


Research in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Materials Physics, Theory and Modelling and Applied Physics is conducted here and we 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).


Our 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.

Undergraduate teaching

Undergradutate teaching at IFM is extensive. Each 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.

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Doctoral education at IFM
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Graduate Schools
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Visiting address

Campus Valla, Buildings B and F

Mail address

Linköping University IFM 581 83 Linköping Sweden

IFM management
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Directors of studies
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IFM in numbers

  • Employees: ca 420
  • Professors: 63
  • PhD students: 126
  • Administration staff: 25
  • Technical staff: 56
  • Postdoctors: 50
  • Associate professors: 35
  • Lecturer: 54
  • Guest professors: 7
  • Others: 4