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Lars Samuelson
Chair Professor
Director of Institute of Nanoscience and Applications

Lars Samuelson received his PhD in physics in 1977 in the field of experimental and theoretical studies of electron-phonon coupling for deep levels in semiconductors, followed by a post-doc at IBM San José Research Centre in California, there active in the fields of display technology and band structure calculations. In 1981 he became associate professor of physics at Lund University and in 1986 professor of semiconductor physics at Chalmers/University of Gothenburg. In 1988, he returned to a professorship in semiconductor electronics at the Department of Physics at Lund University, when he initiated the interdisciplinary research center Nanometer Structure Consortium, later called NanoLund, which today engages more than 400 researchers. Since 2021, he is employed as Chair Professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), in Shenzhen, China, and as the leader of the Institute of Nanoscience and Applications (INA).


In 2004 he became a Fellow at the Institute of Physics, UK (FinstP), at the American Physical Society (APS, Materials Physics) in 2009 and in 2020 he became a Fellow International at the Japanese Society for Applied Physics (JSAP). He became a member of the Royal Physiographic Society in 1998, of KVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Physics Class) in 2006 and of IVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2007. In 2008, he was named "Einstein Professor" by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he was awarded the IUVSTA Prize for Science for Triennium 2010-2013 and in 2014 the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience. In 2018, he was awarded the Wilhelm Westrup Prize for basic materials science leading to the creation of commercial value. In 2022 Lars Samuelson was awarded the highest engineering science prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Great Gold Medal, “for his internationally outstanding contributions as a pioneering researcher and research leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology and for the exploitation of scientific results, particularly in the field of semiconductor technology”. In 2023 Lars Samuelson was elected “Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS”.


Lars Samuelson is the founder and chief scientist of four start-ups working on the commercialization of nanowire and nanomaterial technologies, in QuNano AB, GLO AB, Sol Voltaics AB and Hexagem AB. Samuelson is the author of well over 700 articles with h-index 91 at Web-of-Science (h-index 108 according to Google Scholar), and listed among the 1% most highly cited researchers by Web-of-Science, and has given >300 plenary/invited talks at international conferences.

Education Background:

1977 - Ph.D. in condensed materials physics, Lund University, Sweden

1972 - Master of Science in mathematics and physics, Lund University, Sweden

Work Experience:

2021 - Present: Director, Institute of Nanoscience and Applications,

                          Chair Professor of Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

2024 - Present: Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Physics, Lund University, Sweden

2016 - 2023: Senior Professor, Dept. of Physics, Lund University, Sweden

2003 - 2005: Vicedirector of Mikroelektronik Centret (MIC) at DTU;

1988 - 2015: Professor in Semiconductor Electronics at Department of Physics, Lund University, Sweden

1995: Visiting Professor, RIKEN Institute, Wakoshi, Tokyo, Japan

1991: Visiting Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States of America

1991: Visiting Professor, Catholic University (PUC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1986 - 1988: Professor in Semiconductor Physics at Göteborg University/Chalmers, Sweden

1979 - 1986: Research Associate at Lund University, Sweden

1977 – 1978: Post-doc, IBM Research Laboratory, San José, California, United States of America


Research Areas:


Design and growth of complex nanomaterials.

Novel approaches for the growth of nanowires.

Realization of relaxed & dislocation free InGaN.


Deep sub-wavelength scale photonics methods.

Electro-optical studies of single quantum objects.

Quantum transport in 2D/1D/0D nanostructures.


Nanowire-based probes for neuroscience studies.

Nanowire arrays for photo-voltaics applications.

Nanowire arrays for solid-state lighting (LED).

Sub-µm sized InGaN microLEDs for AR/VR/MR.


Major Recognitions:

In 2004, became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) in the UK

In 2006, became a member of the Royal Swedish Acad. of Sciences, KVA (Physics)

In 2007, became a member of IVA, the Royal Swedish Acad. of Engineering Sciences

In 2008, elected as Einstein Professor by the Chinese Acad. of Sciences (CAS)

In 2009, became a Fellow of the American Physical Society (Materials Physics)

In 2011, awarded the Ideon Prize for Innovation

In 2013, awarded the IUVSTA Prize for Science for the Triennium 2010-2013

In 2014, awarded the "Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience"

In 2018, awarded the Wilhelm Westrup Prize in Applied Material Research

In 2020, became a Fellow International of the Japanese Society for Applied Physics

In 2022, awarded the Great Gold Medal by the Royal Swedish Acad. of Engineering Sciences

In 2023, elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


Publications (selection from >700):

1. "InP Nanowire Array Solar cells Achieving 13.8% Efficiency by Exceeding the Ray Optics Limit", JWallentin, N. Anttu, D. Asoli et al., SCIENCE 339, 1057 (2013)

2. "One-dimensional steeplechase for electrons realized", M.T. Bjork, B.J. Ohlsson, T. Sass, A.I. Persson, C. Thelander, M.H. Magnusson, K. Deppert, L.R. Wallenberg and L. Samuelson, Nano Lett.2, 87 (2002)

3. "Solid-phase diffusion mechanism for GaAs nanowire growth", A.I. Persson, M.W. Larsson, S.Stenstrom, B.J. Ohlsson, L. Samuelson and L.R. Wallenberg, Nature Materials 3, 677 (2004)

4. "Nanowire-based one-dimensional electronics", C. Thelander, P. Agarwal, S. Brongersma, J. Eymery, L.F. Feiner, A. Forchel, M. Scheffler, W. Riess, B.J. Ohlsson, U. Gosele and L. Samuelson, Materials Today 9, 28 (2006)

5. "Controlled polytypic and twin-plane superlattices in III-VB nanowires", P. Caroff, K.A. Dick, J.Johansson, M.E. Messing, K. Deppert, and L. Samuelson, Nature Nanotechnology 4, 50 (2009)

6. "Synthesis of branched 'nanotrees' by controlled seeding of multiple branching events", K.A. Dick, K. Deppert, M.W. Larsson, T. Martensson, W. Seifert, L.R. Wallenberg and L. Samuelson, Nature Materials 3, 380 (2004)

7. "Optical studies of individual InAs quantum dots in GaAs: few-particle effects", L Landin, MS Miller, ME Pistol, CE Pryor, L Samuelson, Science 280, 262 (1998)

8. "Single quantum dots emit single photons at a time: Antibunching experiments", V Zwiller, H Blom, P Jonsson, N Panev, S Jeppesen, T Tsegaye, ... Applied Physics Letters 78, 2476 (2001)

9. "Nitrogen pair luminescence in GaAs", X Liu, ME Pistol, L Samuelson, S Schwetlick, W Seifert, Applied Physics Letters 56, 1451 (1990)

10. "Continuous gas-phase synthesis of nanowires with tunable properties", M Heurlin, MH Magnusson, D Lindgren, M Ek, LR Wallenberg, K Deppert, ... Nature 492, 90 (2012)

Book-chapters and Reviews:

1. “Nanowire-Based Visible Light Emitters, Present Status and Outlook”, Invited Book Chapter in Semiconductors & Semimetals, in a volume dedicated to nanowires, Vol 94, Chapter 7, 227-271, Elsevier 2016

2. “Synthesis and Applications of III-V Nanowires”, Invited Review article in Chemical Reviews, Chem.Rev. 119, 9170-9220, American Chemical Society 2019

3. “From nanoLEDs to the realization of RGB-emitting microLEDs”, Invited Book Chapter in Semiconductors & Semimetals, in a volume dedicated to microLEDs, Vol 106, Chapter 7, 223-251, Elsevier 2021

Examples of Plenary- and Keynote talks in 2023-2024:

1. Keynote talk at “SPIE Photonic West”, San Francisco, USA, January/February, 2023, Symposium OE603: "Light-Emitting Devices, Materials, and Applications XXVII (OE603)": “Directly RGB-emitting microLEDs based on relaxed InGaN templates”

2. Plenary talk at “Industrial microLED Summit”, Shenzhen, April 8, 2023: “On the urge for GaN-based Red microLEDs – and how to solve this”.

3. Plenary talk at “2023 Optics Valley of China JFS Forum and Compound Semiconductor Industry Development Conference”, Wuhan, April 19-21, 2023: “On challenges and opportunities for all-nitride microLEDs down to ultra-small pixels”.

4. Keynote talk at “QUEST – Quantum Engineered Sensing and Information Technology”, Paris, France, June 27-30, 2023: “Realization of InGaN nanoLEDs delivering Blue, Green and Red light”

5. Keynote speaker at “PIERS 2023 – Photonics & Electromagnetics Research Symposium”, Prague, Czech Republic, July 3-6, 2023: “Red-, Green- and Blue-emitting nanoLEDs Based on Relaxed InGaN Templates”.

6. Keynote speaker at “iNOW 2023 – International Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop”, Würzburg, Germany, July 16-27, 2023: “On challenges & opportunities when LEDs “go nano””.

7. Opening Plenary speaker at “IEEE-EMP23 – International Conference on Energy, Materials, and Photonics 2023”, Singapore, August 17-20, 2023: “Nanomaterials Research for GaN-based Optoelectronics Applications”.

8. Plenary speaker at “2023 Maritime Silk Road International Conference on Cooperation and Integration of Industry, Education, Research and Application on Future Display”, Xiamen, China, October 29-30, 2023: “On the strive towards all-InGaN sub-2µm sized RGB Micro-LEDs”

9. Opening Plenary speaker at “2023 China International (Zhengzhou) New Display and Imaging Industry Technology Summit”, Zhengzhou, China, November 30, 2023: “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as Basis for Industrial Innovation”.

10. Opening Plenary speaker at “International Conference on Display Technology – ICDT2024”, Hefei, China, March 31-April 3, 2024: “On Challenges and Opportunities when microLEDs “go nano””