LTU - Luleå University of Technology



Luleå is the seat of the Norrbotten County Administration and has a population of about 72,000. The city centre is on a peninsula, so water plays an important part in the lives of Luleå inhabitants. The Luleå archipelago has over 500 islands. The city has developed into a technological centre in the North of Sweden. The most important corner-stones of this development are metallurgy, education and research, as well as good communications where Luleå University of Technology has played an important role.


LTU was founded in 1971 and has a modern campus with state-of-the-art laboratories and modern lecture halls – an advantage that benefits undergraduate students as well as graduate students and researchers. The university conducts research within the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and offers courses in the spheres of engineering, social sciences, humanities, teaching, health science, music, media education and drama. In addition to the main campus in Luleå, we have campuses in Piteå, Kiruna and Skellefteå.


LTU has 5 campus. The city of Luleå is home to the main campus of Luleå University of Technology – LTU. The campus buildings are conveniently close to each other.The department of Applied Physics, Mechanical, and Materials Engineering is one of the 13 departments at LTU. The department has a teaching staff of 59 persons and 88 enrolled PhD students. The research activities range from basic science to applied projects. The link to industry is very strong and the students enrolled in programmes taught by the department have all worked on projects in collaboration with industry during their studies.


International programmes have long tradition in the field: the EEIGM (Integrated programme in Materials Science – Germany, France, Spain, Sweden) is running already for 19 years (more than 650 Alumni, 300 with double degrees). Furthermore there is a Transatlantic BSc in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering (with Germany and USA). There are three international Master programmes, AMASE, EEIGM and a Transatlantic Master of Science in Engineering Mechanics and Materials Engineering (with France and USA) and one national: Mechanical Engineering with a major in Materials Engineering.




Research activities at LTU


The materials science research carried out in the department covers five main research areas:

  •  Micromechanics of materials
  • Surface engineering and thin film technology
  • Synthesis of new materials
  • Materials behaviour at extreme pressures
  • Computational materials science and engineering


The following Research Groups participate in the Master and provide topics for the Master Thesis:

 Manufacturing Systems Engineering

  • Laser materials processing (including welding, cutting, surface treatment, rapid prototyping, micromachining)
  • Most common metals processed with the lasers: high strength steel, stainless steel, low C-steel
  • Multidisciplinary research of laser processing, particularly laser welding, including product development, process engineering, fracture mechanics, quality control, factory planning, etc. 


Further information: LTU - Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Contact person of the group: Alexander.Kaplan(at)ltu.se 


 Engineering Materials

  • Microstructure modification of steels and other metallic materials
  • Microstructure – property interrelationship of metallic and ceramic engineering materials
  • Development and processing of high performance ceramic materials 
  • Material selection for engineering applications


Further information: LTU - Engineering Materials

Contact persons of the group:



Material Mechanics

  • Finite element simulation of manufacturing processes like welding, forming etc.
  •  Development of constitutive models for metals coupled with microstructure models.


Further information: Material Mechanics

Contact person of the group: lars-erik.lindgren(at)ltu.se



Polymer Engineering

  • Mechanical performance of polymer based composites. Experimental and theoretical studies of a) high performance fiber reinforced composites for aerospace, wind generator and navy applications; b)environmentally friendly natural fiber ( flax, hemp, etc) reinforced natural resin (lignin, starch etc) composites; c) multifunctional nano-structured composites using carbon nanotubes, clay or nanocellulose reinforcements. 
  • The main focus is on the nonlinear time and stress dependent composites behavior related to evolution of microdamage, viscoelasticity and viscoplasticity. Effects of moisture and temperature on performance. Development and identification of multiscale material models to use in design of structures
  • Experimental investigation of phenomena and mechanisms governing the mechanical behavior on several length scales using non-standard tests and in situ optical microscopy observations and SEM Work on multifunctional composites with tailored electrical (energy storing) properties and high structural performance (structural batteries for cars) 


Further information: LTU - Polymer Engineering

Contact person of the group: Janis.Varna(at)ltu.se

Open positions for PhD and Master Thesis: 1 PhD student and 1 Master student on structural batteries. 1 PhD student and 1 master student on nano-structured natural fiber composites



Wood and Bionanocomposites

  • Wood plastic composites 
  • Nanostructured biomaterials: isolation technologies of nanofibers and crystallites from different sources and their characterization
  • Processing technologies for composite materials: compounding, reactive extrusion, solvent casting, elctrospinnig etc
  • Relationships between process, structure and properties
  • Composites long term properties


Further information: www.ltu.se/ske

Contact person of the group: kristiina.oksman(at)ltu.se



Chemical engineering

  • Surface Chemistry: activities are focused on both fundamental and applied research on the surface-aqueous and surface-surface interactions in various environments using modern surface sensitive methodologies (IR, NMR, XRD, SEM, etc.). Of particular interest are problems with a bearing on mining-, tribological- and environmental applications.
  • Bioactive molecules: study of complex proteins, peptides and simple organic molecules. By studying the natural bioactive molecules or their synthetic analogues, valuable information about their therapeutic value as well as understanding of state of diseases can be gained.
  • Biorefinary: the research is focused on the development of cost effective, integrated processes for the use of biobased materials in the production of chemicals and fuels. Much of the research is focused on the improvement of thermochemical and biochemical processes with an emphasis on the forest products industry.
  • Zeolite: Zeolites are microporous crystalline materials with a very small and well defined pore size (0.3-1.3 nm). The focus of the zeolite group is development of new applications for the material zeolite e.g. membranes, structured catalysts, structured adsorbents and sensors.



Contact persons: 

Zeloite: Prof. Jonas Hedlund, jonas.hedlund(at)ltu.se

Surface Chemistry: Prof. Oleg Antzutkin, Oleg.Antzutkin(at)ltu.se

Bioactive molecules: Assoc. Prof. Ulrika Rova, ulrika.rova(at)ltu.se

Biorefinary: Prof. Kris Berglund, kris.berglund(at)ltu.se



Machine Elements/Tribolab

  • Tribology
  • Materials for tribological applications
  • Tribology of advanced materials such as amorphous metallic alloys, ceramics, polymers, elastomers and composite materials
  • High temperature tribology
  • Surface engineering
  • Boundary lubrication and lubricated wear
  • Solid lubricants and self-lubricating coatings
  • Tribotesting and analysis of wear mechanisms


Further information: LTU - Tribolab

Contact person of the group: 

Prof. Braham Prakash, braham.prakash(at)ltu.se

See also: Braham Prakash

Other Positions

Open positions for PhD and Master students: The research groups are continuously in search of dedicated students with an interest in our research, however as the number of open positions are varying with time, please contact the persons listed above for the current status of open positions.



Lennart Wallström



Tel.: +46 920 491167

University Campus


971 87 Luleå



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