Research within NanoLund is organised into six major research areas listed below. Clicking the pictures or research area headline takes you to an overview of each of these areas.

Materials Science

Materials science relates the atomic structure to the properties of the material.  Materials science also governs when, and how, nanostructures grow and what structure to expect. Our current focus is on nanowires, where the picture can change drastically for very small changes in growth conditions, and the challenge is to detect and control these – in real time.

Coordinators: Reine Wallenberg and Maria Messing.

Quantum Physics

In nanostructured systems at low temperatures, pronounced quantum behavior can be observed. We develop the theoretical tools to better describe few and many-body quantum systems in the presence of correlations and coherence, and we use advanced nanodevices to experimentally observe these effects. Goals are the discovery of new quantum physics and its potential future use in advanced device design.

Coordinators: Stephanie Reimann and Niklas Sköld.

Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics

Electronic and photonic devices are at the heart of the modern information society. We aim to use advanced controlled nanostructures to demonstrate novel devices as well as to improve and refine conventional devices. A focus is on nanowires. This research area complies with the goals of the More than Moore concept.

Coordinators: Mats-Erik Pistol and Claes Thelander.


The need for more efficient and sustainable methods for energy harvesting and conversion is one of Humanity’s greatest challenges. We aim to harness the unique electronic, photonic and structural properties of highly controlled nanomaterials to achieve high energy collection and -conversion efficiency with less material use.

Coordinators: Magnus Borgström and Peter Samuelsson.

Nanobiology and Nanoneuroscience

Our general aim is to develop nanoscale tools to unravel fundamental dynamic cellular mechanisms at the nanoscale and to make use of biological mechanisms for energy conversion.

Coordinators: Jonas Tegenfeldt and Jens Schouenborg.


The overall objective is to increase our understanding on how nanotechnology applications affect the living world in production, manufacturing, handling, usage, disposal and recycling. The research will provide tools for proactivity with respect to sustainability and risks in the development and design processes of novel materials based on nanotechnology.

Coordinators: Tommy Cedervall and Anders Gudmundsson.