Dr. Lars Gustav Hultman
Professor of Thin Film Physics
Head of the Division of Thin Film Physics
CEO of The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research;
Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Dr. Vladimir Kolosov
Professor of Low Temperature Physics
Head of Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Institute of Natural Sciences
The Research Laboratory of Advanced Low-Dimensional Materials and Nanostructures (NANOCRYSTAL) has been recently formed at the UrFU Institute of Natural Sciences.
The scientific Leader of the new Laboratory Lars Hultman is the Head of the Division of Thin Film Physics at Linköping University, and also CEO of The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Lars Hultman is ISI most cited researcher in Materials Science (600+ scientific publications, 15000+ citations; h-index 63).
The new Laboratory aims to significantly expand the materials and nano science research at the UrFU Institute of Natural Sciences with capabilities to fabricate and characterize advanced materials with designed unique structures for nanotechnology and different applications. In addition to the spectrum of microscopy techniques that we will make available, we shall focus our research studies on advanced nano scale materials and processes where we have leading expertise, including thin film/layers, self-organizing materials, fullerene-like solid structures, transrotational thin crystals (see electron micrograph) and bent-lattice nanostructures. We aim to generate synergy of materials studied and specialists involved at UrFU that represent physics, materials science, chemistry, and nanotechnology. Target classes of materials are phase-change materials, functional materials, oxides and chalcogenides, molecular crystals, rapidly quenched alloys, intercalation materials, magnetic films, thin catalytic layers, nano-belts/rods/filaments and more.
The initial activity is focused on the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our research results have been presented at 6 conferences and 5 papers have already been published.
“A big common denominator between our research interests is to explore complex microstructures for realizing new materials processing, analysis techniques/methods and functionality (properties) of strategic relevance. This includes gradient materials, bent lattice, rotating lattices, interface-rich structures. I was professionally impressed from seeing the research ambitions and both the standard and the potential of the Lab.”
Dr. Lars Gustav Hultman