Research Overview

The plan for our division for the period of 2018-2023 is to contribute with advanced nano characterisation for research on materials, nanostructures and devices that further health and the development of a sustainable society. We aim to continue our inspiring research and further develop our environment with international visibility that attracts students, post doc and scientists.


The recent highlights of our research include developments of methods as well as knowledge of the function of the nanostructure of materials and devices for promoting health and a sustainable society. The knowledge is transerred by publications, conference and workshop presentations, teaching and collaborations. We have estblished platforms for nanocharacterisation of:

·       Organic solar cells

·       Coatings for controlled drug release

·       Batteries

·       Nanostructured photovoltaics

·  Plasmonics

·       Quantum devices

·       Nanoparticle catalysts


The method develoment includes:

·       Specimen preparation methods

·       In situ wetting experimental set ups

·       In situ thermal experimental set ups

·       In situ electrical experimental set ups

·       In situ optical experimental set ups

·       Soft microscopy

·       High spatial precision in determining atom positions

·       Improved methods for high energy resolution energy loss spectroscopy in the low energy range (less than 2 eV)

·       Quantitative 3D reonstruction of porous networks on the micro- and nanometer length scales


We have a widespread national and international network of collaboration partners and exchange programs with distinguished research labs in Europe, USA and Japan. Our work spans from basic science to applied research in collaboration with industry.


A grant from the Knut and Alice Foundation (Main applicant: Eva Olsson) in combination with funding from Chalmers, in total 66 000 000 SEK, allows us to add three new state-of-the art electron microscopes to Chalmers Material Analysis Laboratory ( , and The instruments provide new possibilities for materials research. Our plan is to use them for the development of materials for health and a sustainable society. The combination of our research, education, interaction with industry and institutes will further enhance our ability to attract students, post docs and senior researchers both nationally and internationally.


​We host international workshops and summer schools on advanced electron microscopy. We are one of the nodes in the IDEA-league of the doctoral school for Advanced Atomic Scale Characterisation with schools held at each one of the nodes during the period of 2018-2019.

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Published: Mon 21 May 2018.