Semiconductor Materials (HALV)

The Semiconductor Materials Division develops and investigates materials for novel electronics with focus on silicon carbide, III-nitrides and graphene for fundamental and application-motivated issues of interest for Swedish and European industries.

Semiconductor materialsThe Semiconductor Materials Division belongs to the scientific area of Material Physics, which is the largest research unit of the department and it is internationally recognized as a strong research environment. The research activities within the division cover a broad spectrum dominated by basic research. The projects are mainly funded by Swedish and European agencies, partly with industrial collaboration. There is a strong international cooperation within most research projects.

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Doctoral education

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Innovative semiconductor research from LiU to Silicon Valley

LiU alumnus and doctoral student Ivan Martinovic swapped Swedish winter for a warmer climate and headed for Silicon Valley.  He represents the LEAD company Polar Light Technologies in Berkeley SkyDeck’s sought-after accelerator programme.

IFM big winner in WISE approved projects

In 2022 the research program approved its first ever PhD and Postdoc projects. Out of the 18 approved projects from LiU, nine came from IFM.

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New material promising for making renewable energy from water

One prospective source of renewable energy is hydrogen gas produced from water with the aid of sunlight. LiU researchers have developed a material that exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas production.

Renewable fuel from carbon dioxide with the aid of solar energy

Researchers at LiU are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid.

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Graphene takes a step towards renewable fuel

Researchers at LiU are working to develop a method to convert water and carbon dioxide to the renewable energy of the future, using the energy from the sun and graphene applied to the surface of cubic silicon carbide.

Professors Igor Abrikosov and Tien Son Nguyen

SEK 33 million for room temperature quantum bits

Igor Abrikosov, professor at LiU, has been awarded SEK 33 million for the coming five years from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to show how it is possible to use the smallest components of quantum mechanics at room temperature.