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.

Infrastructure

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

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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.

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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.

Major investment in new equipment for materials research

The Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability, WISE, donates SEK 44 million to Linköping University for new scientific equipment that will contribute to cutting-edge materials research.

Contact

Staff

Visiting address

Campus Valla, Building F

Mail address

Linköping University
IFM
581 83 Linköping

Publications

2024

Gabriel Kofi Nzulu, Hans Högberg, Per Eklund, Lars Hultman, Prosper M. Nude, Abu Yaya, Martin Magnuson (2024) Chemical Reactivity and Alteration of Pyrite Mineral in the Kubi Gold Concession in Ghana Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Continue to DOI
Smita Gangaprasad Rao, Rui Shu, Ji Wang, Jianlong Chai, Yabin Zhu, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Per Eklund (2024) Mechanical properties of Xe-ion-irradiated high-entropy-alloy-based multilayers Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 124, Article 061906 Continue to DOI
Per O A Persson, Johanna Rosén, Ivan Petrov, Justinas Palisaitis (2024) Exploring the thermal behavior and diffusive functionality of structural defects and phase boundaries in near-stoichiometric chromium diborides by in situ scanning transmission electron microscopy Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, Vol. 42, Article 020401 Continue to DOI
Viktor Sroba, Katarina Viskupova, Bartosz Wicher, Vladyslav Rogoz, Xiao Li, Marian Mikula, Grzegorz Greczynski (2024) Cross-ionization of the sputtered flux during hybrid high power impulse/direct-current magnetron co-sputtering Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, Vol. 42, Article 023410 Continue to DOI
Hairui Ma, Qiang Miao, Wenping Liang, Per Eklund, Arnaud Le Febvrier (2024) Synthesis and characterization of c-TiAlN/h-Cr2N multilayer films deposited by magnetron sputtering on Si (100) substrates Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 976, Article 173273 Continue to DOI
Ray-Hua Horng, Po-Hsiang Cho, Jui-Che Chang, Anoop Kumar Singh, Sheng-Yuan Jhang, Po-Liang Liu, Dong-Sing Wuu, Samiran Bairagi, Cheng-Hsu Chen, Kenneth Järrendahl, Ching-Lien Hsiao (2024) Growth and Characterization of Sputtered InAlN Nanorods on Sapphire Substrates for Acetone Gas Sensing Nanomaterials, Vol. 14, Article 26 Continue to DOI
Samira Dorri, Naureen Ghafoor, Justinas Palisaitis, Sjoerd Stendahl, Anton Devishvili, Alexei Vorobiev, Fredrik Eriksson, Per O.Å. Persson, Jens Birch (2024) Enhanced quality of single crystal CrBx/TiBy diboride superlattices by controlling boron stoichiometry during sputter deposition Applied Surface Science, Article 159606 Continue to DOI
Katrin Pingen, Alexander M. Hinz, Per Sandström, Niklas Wolff, Lorenz Kienle, Larry Scipioni, James Greer, Elizabeth von Hauff, Lars Hultman, Jens Birch, Ching-Lien Hsiao (2024) High growth rate magnetron sputter epitaxy of GaN using a solid Ga target Vacuum, Vol. 220, Article 112852 Continue to DOI
Elena Naumovska, Gabriel Kofi Nzulu, Laura Mazzei, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Kristina Komander, Martin Magnuson, Max Wolff, Per Eklund, Maths Karlsson (2024) Local structure of hydrated nanocrystalline films of the proton conductor BaZr1-Sc O3-/2 studied by infrared spectroscopy Vibrational Spectroscopy, Vol. 130, Article 103622 Continue to DOI

2023

Stefan Karlsson, Per Eklund, Lars Osterlund, Jens Birch, Sharafat Ali (2023) Effects of deposition temperature on the mechanical and structural properties of amorphous Al-Si-O thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering Thin Solid Films, Vol. 787, Article 140135 Continue to DOI

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