Henrik Hovde Sønsteby

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Phone +47 22855617
Mobile phone +4792097702
Room ØK50
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 26 Kjemibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1126 Blindern 0318 OSLO

Academic interests

Main interest in exotic effects and properties in oxide thin films; ferroics, superconductivity etc. My work is based on synthesis of such thin films using the ALD-technique (Atomic Layer Deposition), in addition to characterization of such structures. Involved in this is especially characterization of structures on epitaxial interfaces and surfaces, mainly using x-rays.

Structural characterization of such nanostructures demand high x-ray brilliance, and thus involved in the work is cooperation with synchrotron x-ray sources around the world, including ESRF (Grenoble) and APS (Chicago).


Course Coordinator and Lecturer KJM1001 - Introduction to Chemistry, H12 - H15.

One of five lecturers in KJM-MENA3120 - Inorganic Chemistry II - Materials and Applications, V15-V17.

Coordinator for colloquias KJM1120 - Inorganic Chemistry, H17

Lecturer in MENA2000 - Fundamental structure of solid materials, V19 -

Lab coordinator KJM5100 - Inorganic Materials Synthesis, H17 - 


Ph.D. from UiO with thesis: "Piezo- and ferroelectric A+B5+O3 Thin Films"

M.Sc. from UiO with title: "Structural investigation of crystalline systems utilizing synchrotron X-ray radiation"

Prizes and Awards

Alf Bjørseth's inspiration award for best PhD within renewable energy or material science, 2018

Featured in ESRF Highlights 2018

Roche Diagnostics Norway prize for best master thesis, 2012

Bronze medal from the internation chemistry olympiad in Moscow, 2007. Now part of the national chemistry olympiad committee.




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  • Fjellvåg, Øystein; Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde; Nilsen, Ola; Wolff, Max; Kapaklis, Vassilios; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Frommen, Christoph & Hauback, Bjørn (2020). Towards Multiferroic Thin Film Composites by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).
  • Skaar, Erik; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2019). Structure-Property Relations in Thin Films of LaNiO3 and LaNi1-xCuxO3.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2019). As Deposited Epitaxial LaNiO3 and La(Ni,Cu)O3 with Controllable Electric Properties.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2019). Atomic Layer Deposition of Functional Oxides - A Neccessary Challenge.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2019). Epitaxial Nickelates - On the Path to Oxide Electronics.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2018). Designing High-Performance Composite Multiferroics by ALD.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2017). In situ Synchrotron Diffraction During Ferroelectric Switching of Thin Films.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Nilsen, Ola (2017). Piezo- and Ferroelectric A+B5+O3 Thin Films.
  • Nilsen, Ola & Sønsteby, Henrik (2016). ALD - From Ideal to Real.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik Hovde (2016). Atomic Layer Deposition of KxNa1-xNbO3.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Nilsen, Ola (2015). Deposition of the Important Lead Free Ferroelectric KxNa(1-x)NbO3.
  • Fjellvåg, Øystein Slagtern; Ruud, Amund; Sønsteby, Henrik; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Nilsen, Ola (2014). Crystallization and electrochemical investigation of α- and β-MoO3 thin films deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition.
  • Muri, Marte Eiterstraum; Weibye, Kristian; Klepper, Karina Barnholt; Sønsteby, Henrik; Eidet, Jon Roger; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Nilsen, Ola (2014). Amino acids in organic-inorganic hybrid thin films for biocompatible materials.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2014). Deposition of the Important Lead Free Ferroelectric KxNa(1-x)NbO3.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Østreng, Erik; Fjellvåg, Øystein Slagtern; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2014). Sodium- and Potassium Containing Thin Films by Atomic Layer Deposition.
  • Hu, Yang; Miikkulainen, Ville; Ruud, Amund; Sønsteby, Henrik; Norby, Truls; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2013). Electrochemical characterization on ALD-deposited LaPO4 and LiAlO2 thin films.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Getz, Michael; Chernyshov, Dmitry; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2012). Untangling Diffraction Contributions from Epitaxial Thin Films Becomes Easy – Results from Recent Experiments at SNBL.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2012). Growth and Structural Characterization of Atomic Layer Deposited LaAlO3 Thin Films (Including the Exotic LAO||STO Interface).
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Østreng, Erik; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2012). Deposition and X-ray Characterization of Epitaxial Thin Films of LaAlO3.
  • Østreng, Erik; Sønsteby, Henrik; Nilsen, Ola & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2012). Crystallization of thin films of LaAlO3 grown by Atomic Layer Deposition.
  • Sønsteby, Henrik; Østreng, Erik; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Nilsen, Ola (2010). Growth of the Proton Conductor Ca:LaPO4 by ALD for high temperature fuel cell applications.

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Published Aug. 15, 2012 1:48 PM - Last modified Nov. 8, 2019 8:53 AM