Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Theory

The Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Theory comprises several dozen enthusiastic scientists working on theoretical aspects of condensed matter physics and materials science. We construct models for and develop an understanding of a large variety of materials and other condensed matter systems, sometimes leading us to new materials, novel technological devices, or structured media with properties beyond those of atomic materials. To this end, we combine analytical and computational techniques, often in close collaboration with local and international experimental groups. The work in the division is characterized by a strong interplay between fundamental and applied research. This allows us to address important societal challenges, e.g., related to sustainable energy or information technology.

We take active part in Chalmers’ undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes. Our students gain experience in advanced theory and model building, developing strong analytical, computational, and problem-solving skills along the way. They are often exposed to collaborative efforts within our international research networks. Our vision is to foster the individual growth of our talented students, so they may in the future contribute to society, academia, and industry.

In addition to coordinating the EU-financed Graphene Flagship project, we investigate the electronic, optical, mechanical, and thermal properties of 2D materials. We study and engineer the optical response of nanophotonic structured media such as metamaterials and plasmonic systems, as well as photoabsorbing materials for solar devices. We develop methods and software for atomic-scale modelling of complex multicomponent materials and apply them to a multitude of materials and material properties.​

Research groups

Erhart group
Principal investigator: Dr. Paul Erhart

Isacsson group
Principal investigator: Dr. Andreas Isacsson

Kinaret group
Principal investigator: Dr. Jari Kinaret

Malic group
Principal investigator: Dr. Ermin Malic

Tassin group
Principal investigator: Dr. Philippe Tassin

Wahnström group
Principal investigator: Dr. Göran Wahnström​

Wiktor group
Principal investigator: Dr. Julia Wiktor​


Published: Fri 02 Oct 2020.