The main focus of our research is experimental studies of electronic, structural and chemical properties of materials, especially at surfaces and interfaces or free molecules and clusters. For our research we use and develop a wide range of synchrotron based techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, but we also host one of Sweden's largest facilities for scanning probe microscopy.
Our aim is to get a deeper understanding of processes involved in general surface science, catalysis, nanostructure growth, and dissociation of molecules. In addition we are starting up new programs on magnetism and X-ray imaging.
The division is largely involved in the MAX-IV laboratory, but also do research at several synchrotron radiation sources and other labs around the world.