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Functional Energy Related Materials in Oslo (FERMiO)

FERMiO is a top-tier research group consisting of material physicists and -chemists. We focus on issues concerning materials used to utilize renewable energy, such as fuel cells, Hydrogen technology, solar cells, and thermoelectric materials. Our core topics are ionics and electronics – energy, defect and transport in grids and nano structures- in functional materials for energy related applications.

We especially want to develop within:

  • correlated transport
  • hydrogen defects
  • cation diffusion
  • electron defect interaction
  • defects and transport in nano dimensions

We will conduct studies at the highest international level on semiconductors, solid electrolytes and mixed ionic-electronic conductors in order to promote the development of fuel cells, gas membranes for non-CO2-emitting gas plants, solar cells and Hydrogen technology

FERMiO wants to be on the forefront of research when it comes to studies of :

  • structure
  • energy landscapes and defect transport
  • surfaces
  • electrodes
  • nano dimensional holes and particles

This will be achieved by connecting knowledge from the following areas:

  • material synthesis
  • structure characterisation
  • theory and modeling
  • solid state ionics and electro chemistry
  • nano materials
  • microscopy and semiconductorphysics


FERMiO is funded by the Faculty of mathematics and natural sciences at the University of Oslo. Our projects are mainly funded by the Research council of Norway. We coordinate one project funded by EU's Framework 7.


Our main cooperation partners are SINTEF, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Several of our projects also cooperate with

  • Forschungszentrum Jühlich
  • Risø-DTU
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Ceramic Powder Technology (CerPoTech)
  • Université de Nantes (CNRS-IMN)
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • University of Stavanger (UIS)
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Published July 12, 2012 11:39 AM - Last modified May 30, 2018 3:24 PM