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Materials Physics - Oslo

In close collaboration with Materials Physics - Trondheim, we develop techniques for and make use of advanced experimental facilities (NORTEM, NICE, NORFAB), modeling frameworks (NOTUR) and fundamental material competence. This combined approach allows for determination of structure, chemistry and materials response from the atomic to millimeter scale.

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WLI: Si solar cell
WLI: Si solar cell

Our strategy:
Develop and combine various experimental and modeling methods to provide insight into fundamental physical material properties. Use this insight to solve problems for current industrial applications and address future materials challenges.

Our expertise:
We apply advanced bulk and surface characterization from (sub)-nano to microscale as well as atomistic modelling and general physics competence to a wide range of materials.

  • Surface topography with white light interferometry (WLI) and atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Surface compositional and chemical analysis with x-ray photoelecton spectroscopy (XPS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS)
  • Electron microscopy in scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) mode and the associated, energy dispersive (EDS) and electron energy loss (EELS) spectroscopies.
  • Powder X-ray Diffraction (PXD) and in situ measurements
  • Electronic structure calculations at atomistic level for determination of: Red – Ca, Fe, Mn Green - SnMechanical properties
  • Diffusion effects
  • Electrical properties
  • Structural features and properties
  • Thermodynamic properties
  • Solid State Physics, Physical Metallurgy, Materials Science

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Market focus
The whole range from basic research to industrial development and problem solving. We work in partnership with universities, other research institutes and industry in large and small projects targeting to: competence building-innovation-troubleshooting.

DFT: Thermodyn. prop., methoxy on Pd@subs
DFT: Thermodyn. prop., methoxy on Pd@subs

Examples of application fields

  • Hydrogen in metals
  • Corrosion and oxidation of metals
  • Steel and light weight metals
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Photovoltaics, optoelectronics and high temperature electronics
  • Fuel Cells
  • Batteries
  • Minerals
  • Catalysts
  • Dental materials and biomaterials
  • Plastics
  • Thin films and coatings
  • Gas separation membranes