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Prof. Lars Samuelson is currently a chair professor at Southern University of Science and Technology and the Director of the Institute of Nanoscience and Applications. The institute aims to promote international academic exchanges and cooperation, especially with Sweden.

Professor Lars Samuelson is one of the outstanding scientists in the field of semiconductor nanomaterials, especially the growth of nanowires. It creatively proposes a combination of "top-down" and "bottom-up" epitaxial growth, and through this method controls the growth of perfectly ordered nanowire arrays. It has laid a foundation for the study of basic optics and the physical mechanism of carrier transport and promoted the development of nanomaterials application fields such as nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, solar cells, and solid-state lighting.

Professor Lars Samuelson has published more than 700 journal papers (H-Index is 86, and Web-of-Science is highly cited in the top 1%), and has been invited to international conferences and seminars and delivered more than 300 times. Professor Lars Samuelson is the founder of NanoLund, an interdisciplinary research center. He is currently an academician of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2006) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (2007). Academic organizations, including: Fellows of the British Physical Society (FInstP) (2004), American Physical Society (APS, Materials Physics) (2009), Japan Applied Physics Society (JSAP) (2020). In 2008, he was awarded the "Einstein Professor" by the Chinese Academy of Sciences; in 2013, he was awarded the three-year (2010-2013) IUVSTA Science Award; in 2014, he was awarded the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecturer (Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecturer). Kavli Distinguished Lectureship); in 2018, won the Wilhelm Westrup Prize for Basic Materials Science. Some of the research results of Professor Lars Samuelson have been greatly applied and influenced in the industry. He is the founder and chief scientist of four nanowire and nanomaterial start-up companies (QuNano AB, GLO AB, Sol Voltaics AB and Hexagem AB).


1981 - Docent in Physics, Lund University, Sweden

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

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

Working Experiences

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

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

2016 - Present: 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 Introduction

Design and growth of complex nanowire structures.

Novel approaches for the growth of nanowires.

Electro-optical studies of single quantum objects.

Nanowire-based probes for neuroscience studies.

Nanowire arrays for photo-voltaics applications.

Nanowire arrays for solid-state lightning (LED) applications.

Awards & Honors

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

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

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

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

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

In 2011 Samuelson was awarded the Ideon Prize for Innovation

In 2013 Samuelson was awarded the IUVSTA Prize for Science for the Triennium 2010-2013

In 2014 Samuelson was awarded the “Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience”

In 2018 Samuelson was awarded the Wilhelm Westyrup Prize

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


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) Number of citations: 823

2. “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) Number of citations: 589

3. “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) Number of citations: 575

4. “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) Number of citations: 573

5. “Controlled polytypic and twon-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)Number of citations: 536

6. “One-dimensional heterostructures in semiconductor nanowhiskers”, M.T. Bjork, B.J. Ohlsson, T.Sass, A.I. Persson, C. Thelander, M.H. Magnusson, K. Deppert, L.R. Wallenberg and L. Samuelson, Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 1058 (2002) Number of citations: 535

7. “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) Number of citations: 528

8. “Epitaxial III-V nanowires on silicon”, T. Mårtensson, CPT Svensson, BA Wacaser, MW Larsson, W.Seifert, K. Deppert, A. Gustafsson, LR Wallenberg and L. Samuelson Nano Letters 4, 1987 (2004)Number of Citations: 450

9. “Nanowire resonant tunneling diodes”, M. T. Bjork, B. J. Ohlsson, C. Thelander, A.I. Persson, K.Deppert, L.R. Wallenberg and L. Samuelson , Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 4458 (2002) Number of citations:382

10. “Nanowire-Based Visible Light Emitters, Present Status and Outlook”, B. Monemar, BJ Ohlsson, NF Gardner and L. Samuelson, Invited Book Chapter in the Academic Press, SEMICONDUCTORS AND SEMIMETALS, Vol. 94, 227 (2016) Most down-loaded chapter since published in January 2016.


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