Agora Materiae Graduate School

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Since January 2012, the Agora Materiae Graduate School for PhD students has been working to help degree and licentiate students in the research field of novel functional materials, including both hard and soft materials, excel in their fields.

With around 50 members from three departments (IFM, ITN and IEI) and financial support from AFM, the Graduate School is dedicated to offering graduate studies in a true multi disciplinary environment.

Why become member? 

As a member of Agora Materiae, the student will have the opportunity to meet other graduate students working on material related research and create new and important contacts, take part in study visits, both within Sweden and abroad, attend a summer conference organized by the student council or some other members, for the members, take part in monthly seminars where students will present their work, attend courses offered by the graduate school, and hopefully learn a lot while having a great deal of fun.

As a member, you will get the opportunity to sit in the student council for a year and/or organize study visits and/or summer conferences. You will also get a "backpack" of SEK 10 000, which you may spend on attending a conference you want to go to, or a book that you would like to read, for example. The monthly seminars and the summer conference are compulsory events, where as the study visits are optional.

Want to apply?

A membership for a PhD student costs SEK 10 000 per year. Applying for a membership for the PhD student in Agora Materiae has to be a joint decision of the PhD student and his/her supervisor. To become a member of Agora Materiae, an e-mail should be sent to both Caroline Brommesson and Wendela Yonar by both the PhD student and his/her supervisor. The e-mail should include the name of the PhD student and his/her supervisor, the institution and group to which they belong to, as well as their e-mail addresses.

Already member?

Members of Agora Materiae can find documents and information in the Lisam area here.

Management and members

Financial support


  • Jianwei Yu
  • Hamid Ghorbani Shiraz
  • Jing-Jia Huang
  • Mehmet Girayhan San
  • Jinghao Xu, Engineering materials
  • Prabhat Pant, Engineering materials
  • Rui Shu, Thin Film Physics
  • Cheng-Han Yu, Engineering materials
  • Binbin Xin, Thin Film Physics
  • Fuxiang Ji, Biomolecular and organic electronics
  • Davide Gambino, Theoretical Physics
  • Polla Rouf, Chemistry
  • Huotian Zhang, Optoelectronics
  • Chaoyang Kuang, Optoelectronics
  • Yanfeng Liu, Biomolecular and organic electronics
  • Kalle Bunnfors, Molecular surface physics and nanoscience
  • Erik Ekström, Thin film physics
  • Nannan Yao, Biomolecular and organic electronics
  • Canyan Che, Laboratory of Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Dunyong Deng, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Mohammad Amin Gharavi, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Shaobo Han, Laboratory of Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Laurent Souqui, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Kosala Wijeratne, Laboratory of Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Pimin Zhang, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • David Engberg,  Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Zhongcheng Yuan, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics, IFM
  • Jalil Shah, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Ingemar Persson, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Ludvig Landälv, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Nerijus Armakavicius, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Krishna Praveen Jonnalagadda, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Björn Lundqvist
  • Robin Karhu, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Emil Kalered, Chemistry, IFM
  • Mattias Lundberg, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Alexandra Serban, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Evangelia Mitraka, Physics and Electronics, ITN
  • Viktor Norman, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Jonas Saarimäki, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Pontus Stenberg, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Lía Férnandez del Río, Applied Optics, IFM
  • Zhe Chen, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Pitsiri Sukkaew, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Mewlude Imam, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Martin Eriksson, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Hatim Alnoor, Physics and Electronics, ITN
  • Mohammad Javad Jafari, Molecular Physics, IFM
  • Igor Mosyagin, Theoretical Physics, IFM
  • Jesper Edberg, Physics and Electronics, ITN
  • Chung-Chuan Lai, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Annop Ektarawong, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Viktor Elofsson, Plasma & Coatings Physics, IFM
  • Yuan Liu, Physical Chemistry, IFM
  • Mathias Forsberg, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Konstantinos Bakoglidis, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Eiman Nour, Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Hossein Fashandi, Applied Sensor Science, IFM
  • Lina Tengdelius, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Linda Karlsson, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Negar Sani, Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Christopher Tholander, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Thomas Fransson, Computational Physics, IFM
  • Jonas Bergqvist, Biomolecular and Organic Electronics, IFM
  • Zia Ullah Khan, Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Tran Thien Duc, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Xun Li, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Mattias Calmunger, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Xuan Thang Trinh, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Sit Kerdsongpanya, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Jr-Tai Chen, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Mikhail Chubarov, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Roger Magnusson, Applied Optics, IFM
  • Mikael Segersäll, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Milan Yazdanfar, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Kang Yuan, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Daniel Nilsson, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Zhafira Darmastuti, Applied Sensor Science, IFM
  • Hafiz Muhammad Sohail, Surface and Semiconductor Physics, IFM
  • Robert Eriksson, Engineering Materials, IEI
  • Xiaodong Wang, Organic Electronics, ITN
  • Chih-Wei Hsu, Semiconductor Materials, IFM
  • Susann Schmidt, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Lars Johnson, Thin Film Physics, IFM
  • Mina Shiran Chaharsoughi Physics and Electronics ITN
  • Quanzheng Tao Thin Film Physics IFM
  • Rania Elhadi Adam Physics and Electronics ITN
  • Johan Jönsson Theoretical Physics IFM
  • Yingzhi Jin Biomolecular and organic electronics IFM 
  • Tim Cornelissen Complex Materials and Diverse IFM 
  • Heyong Wang Biomolecular and organic electronics IFM 
  • Christina Åkerlind Applied Optics IFM 
  • Yuming Wang Biomolecular and organic electronics IFM 
  • Hongling Yu Biomolecular and organic electronics IFM 
  • Babak Bakhit Thin Film Physics IFM 
  • Shangzhi Chen Lab of organic electronics ITN 


Previous study visits

Each year, Agora Materiae students make a study visit within Sweden or abroad, in order to broaden their understanding of and put their research in another context.

Spring 2019

We visited Uppsala and Västerås 27/5-29/5. We went to Uppsala University, Solibro, MDH university and ABB corporate research.

Organizers: Johan Nyman and Hengfang Zhang.

Spring 2018

We visited the VIRGO detector in Pisa 29/5-1/6 , that won last year’s Nobel prize with the detection of gravitational waves. We also visit other scientific facilities in Pisa, Florence and Milan.

Organizers: Hama Nadhom and Tim Cornelissen.

Spring 2017

We visited Kiruna in the north of Sweden on 29th-31st of May. We went to the space research facilities IRF, Esrange, EISCAT and the Iron mines (LKAB).

Organizers: Erik Ekström and Mohammad Amin Gharavi

Autumn 2016

This year Agora Study visit took place on 19-20 of October. We visited the Center for Nanoscience at Lund University, NanoLund, and just the very recently inaugurated MAX IV Laboratory.

Organizers: Nerijus Armakavicius and Alexandra Serban

Spring 2015

This year’s study visit organized by the Agora Materiae graduate school was to the Nuclear Research facilities at CERN. 2-4 June. 

Organizers: Maiwulidan Yimamu (Mewlude) and Emil Kalered

Spring 2014

Visit to Sandvik 22-23 of May. We've been around Sandvik Coromant in Västberga and Gimo. We've also been to Sandvik Materials Technology in Sandviken.

Organizers: Ludvig Landälv and Mattias Calmunger

Spring 2013

Visit to DESY in Hamburg 28 of May to 31 of May. We took part in a guided tour of the particle accelerator and on visited Univerität Hamburg. 

Organizers: Negar Sani and Kang Yuan

Spring 2012

Visit to the nuclear power plant facilities OKG, Clab, and Äspö in Simpevarp in Oskarshamn on June 4, 2012. We learned about nuclear reactors, storage of nuclear waste, and the taste of really old water.

Organizer: Linda Karlsson

Previous summer conferences

Agora Materiae summer conferences are a compulsory part of the graduate school. 

2019 summer conference was held in Västervik with poster pitches and invited speakers. We had an interesting visit to the “Västerviks museum” and learned a lot about archeology and the Mars Makalös ship.“ 

2018 summer conference was held in conjunction with the AFM (Advanced Functional Materials) conference at Kolmården, Norrköping August 23 to 24.

2017 summer conference was organized together with the graduate school Forum Scientum on Sandvik gård from August 30 to September 1.

2016 the summer conference was yet again was held in conjunction with the Conference on Advanced Functional Materials (AFM2016). Just like last time, interesting talks relating to PhD-studies were followed by presentations on current research within the field of advanced functional materials and a posters session. The conference took place from 23th to 24st  of August at Vildmarkshotellet, Kolmården.

2015 summer conference took place between August 26 and 28 at Storgården, Rimforsa.  

2014 summer conference was held in conjunction with the Conference on Advanced Functional Materials (AFM2014). Interesting talks relating to PhD-studies were followed by presentations on current research within the field of advanced functional materials. 19-21 of August at Vildmarkshotellet, Kolmården.

2013 summer conference took place at Sandvik gård between 28th and 30th of August.

In the summer of 2012, we took a bus to Söderköpings Brunn in Söderköping and stayed there between the 20th and 22nd of August. We listened to presentations by invited speakers, poster sessions for the members, and social activities. On Tuesday afternoon, we went kayaking, which was a very popular activity.