Thin Film Physics (TUNNF)

Our research concerns design of new multifunctional materials for hard and wear-resistant coatings, energy materials, magnetic materials, electronics, neutron-converting materials for the ESS, wide-bandgap semiconductors, and more.

Deposition of aluminum nitride by magnetron sputtering Photo credit Samiran Bairagi

Brief overview

The Thin Film Physics Division conducts application-inspired basic research on thin films to fundamentally understand the atomistic nature of materials properties and behavior and learn how to make materials perform better through new methods of synthesis and processing. Our research concerns design of new multifunctional materials for hard and wear-resistant coatings, energy materials, magnetic materials, electronics, neutron-converting materials for the ESS, wide-bandgap semiconductors, and more. Results are explored in collaboration with industry and the properties of structures unique to thin films form the basis for new and improved materials and processes in applications.


We work in an excellent infrastructure with access to all of the following instruments and more:

Deposition systems

  • Adam
  • Bifrost
  • Jessie
  • Laura
  • Ragnarök
  • Samson
  • Nidhögg
  • Zeb
  • Sprak
  • Medusa
  • Hydra

Analytical instruments

  • TEM, FEI Titan Cube
  • TEM, FEI Tecnai G2
  • Fib, Zeiss 1540EsB
  • SEM, LEO 1550 Gemini
  • Hysitron Triboindenter TI950
  • Nanoindenter, Umis
  • Auger
  • Ellipsometry lab
  • Metalmicroscope
  • XRD Asterix
  • XRD Idefix
  • XRD Majestix
  • XRD Empyrean
  • XRD X'pert PRO
  • XPS Phortos
  • ToF-Sims
  • Sample preparation microscopy

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Research at Thin film physics division

Doctoral education

More about our research

Two researchers in a lab.

A single atom layer of gold – LiU researchers create goldene

For the first time, scientists have managed to create sheets of gold only a single atom layer thick. According to the researchers from LiU this has given the gold new properties that can make it suitable for use in various applications.

Tre persons in lab coates.

Better neutron mirrors can reveal the inner secrets of matter

An improved neutron mirror has been developed by researchers at LiU by coating a silicon plate with extremely thin layers of iron and silicon mixed with boron carbide. It paves the way for better studies of materials.

A smiling man in a blue jacket and a lightblue shirt

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.



Visiting address

Campus Valla, Building F

Mail address

Linköping University
581 83 Linköping



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