Background and activities

Research group: Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry (FACET)

Professor of materials chemistry at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU since 2018, assoc. prof. 2012-18. Visting scientist at the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan in 2016; the Materials Theory Group at ETH Zürich in 2011-12 and at Materials Research Laboratory at UC Santa Barbara in 2008.

PhD in solid state chemistry from NTNU (2009), sivilingeniør (MSc) in Materials Science and Engineering from NTNU (2005), born 1980. 

Supervised 5 graduated PhD students, 4 post docs and 27 MSc students. Currently 1 post doc, 4 PhD students and 1 MSc student. About 90 peer-reviewed papers in international journals.

Research areas (DFT calculations of electronic structure, synthesis and characterisation of materials): 

  • Ferroic materials: domain walls, defects, phase transitions.
  • Battery materials: transport properties and stability.
  • Materials for oxygen absorption and storage.
  • Inorganic-organic hybrid materials.
  • Synchrotron and neutron total scattering (PDF - pair distribution function) for materials characterisation.

Commissions of trust

  • DMSE department board, elected faculty representative, 2021-2025.
  • Panel member and application evaluation for Swedish Vetenskapsrådet (VR) 2018-2021 and Wallenberg Foundation (2022).
  • Opponent in PhD defences at Insitute Josef Stefan (Slovenia), Chalmers (Sweden), Univ. Liege (Belgium), Aarhus University (Denmark), Anna University (India), National Institute of Technology Durgapur (India), Universitety of Oslo (Norway) and University of New South Wales (Australia).
  • Board member for the Nanotechnology study programme.

Awards and memberships

  • 2020 Fridtjof Nansen Award for Young Scientists  (DNVA)
  • 2019 Elected member of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
  • 2019 Elected member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS)
  • 2014 Selected to be one of 17 "Outstanding Academic Fellows" at NTNUs
  • 2012 The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) Science Award
  • 2010 Prize for best PhD thesis (of 55 awarded) at the Faculty of Natural Science at NTNU in the academic year of 2009/10.

Current post docs and students

Current/recent teaching


Recent publications highlights

  • Dennis Meier and Sverre M. Selbach
    Ferrroelectric Domain Walls for Nanotechnology
    Nature Rev. Mater. 7 (2022) 157-173.

  • K. A. Hunnestad, C. Hatzoglou, Z. M. Khalid, P. E. Vullum, Z. Yan, E. Bourret, A. T. J. van Helvoort, S. M. Selbach and D. Meier
    Atomic-scale 3D imaging of individual dopant atoms in an oxide semiconductor
    Nature Commun. 13 (2022) 4783.

  • Donald M. Evans, Didrik R. Småbråten, Theodor S. Holstad, Per Erik Vullum, Alexander B. Mosberg, Zevu Yan, Edith Bourret, Antonius T. J. van Helvoort, Sverre M. Selbach and Dennis Meier
    Observation of electric-field-induced structural dislocations in a ferroelectric oxide
    Nano Lett. 21 (2021) 3386.

  • Didrik R. Småbråten, Theodor S. Holstad, Donald M. Evans, Zewu Yan, Edith Bourret, Dennis Meier and Sverre M. Selbach
    Domain wall mobility and roughening in doped ferroelectric hexagonal manganites
    Phys. Rev. Res. 2 (2020) 033159.

  • Petrucio Barrozo  Didrik R. Småbråten  Yun‐Long Tang  Bhagwati Prasad  Sahar Saremi  Rustem Ozgur  Vishal Thakare  Rachel A. Steinhardt  Megan E. Holtz  Vladimir Alexandru Stoica  Lane W. Martin  Darrel G. Schlom  Sverre M. Selbach and Ramamoorthy Ramesh
    Defect‐Enhanced Polarization Switching in the Improper Ferroelectric LuFeO3
    Adv. Mater. 32 (2020) 2000508.

  • Astrid Marthinsen, Tor Grande and Sverre M. Selbach
    Microscopic Link between Electron Localization and Chemical Expansion in AMnO3 and ATiO3 Perovskites (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)
    J. Phys. Chem. C 124 (2020) 12922.

  • Donald M. Evans, Theodor S. Holstad, Aleksander B. Mosberg, Didrik R. Småbråten, Per Erik Vullum, Anup L. Dadlani, Konstantin Shapovalov, Zewu Yan, Edith Bourret, David Gao, Jaakko Akola, Jan Torgersen, Antonius T. J. van Helvoort, Sverre M. Selbach and Dennis Meier
    Conductivity control via minimally invasive anti-Frenkel defects in a functional oxide
    Nature Mater. 19 (2020) 1195.

  • M. Makarovic, N. Kanas, A. Zorko, K. Ziberna, H. Ursic, D. R. Småbråten, S. M. Selbach and T. Rojac
    Tailoring the electrical conductivity and hardening in BiFeO3 ceramics
    J. Eur. Ceram. Soc.
     40 (2020) 5483.

  • Didrik R. Småbråten, Ayako Nakata, Dennis Meier, Tsuyoshi Miyazaki and Sverre M. Selbach
    First-principles study of topologically protected vortices and ferroelectric domain walls in hexagonal YGaO3
    Phys. Rev. B 102 (2020) 144103.

  • Didrik R. Småbråten, Theodor S. Holstad, Donald M. Evans, Zewu Yan, Edith Bourret, Dennis Meier and Sverre M. Selbach
    Domain wall mobility and roughening in doped ferroelectric hexagonal manganites
    Phys. Rev. Res.
     2 (2020) 033159.

  • Sandra H. Skjærvø, Quintin N. Meier, Mikhail Feygenson, Nicola A. Spaldin, Simon J. L. Billinge, Emil S. Bozin and Sverre M. Selbach
    Unconventional Continuous Structural Disorder at the Order-Disorder Phase Transition in the Hexagonal Manganites
    Phys. Rev. X 
    9 (2019) 031001.

  • Didrik R. Småbråten, Quintin N. Meier, Sandra H. Skjærvø, Katherine Inzani, Dennis Meier and Sverre M. Selbach
    Charged domain walls in improper ferroelectric hexagonal manganites and gallates
    Phys. Rev. Mater. 2 (2018) 114405.

  • Sandra H. Skjærvø, Didrik R. Småbråten, Nicola A. Spaldin, Thomas Tybell and Sverre M. Selbach
    Oxygen vacancies in the bulk and at neutral domain walls in hexagonal YMnO3
    Phys. Rev. B 98 (2018) 184102.

  • Jacob Schaab, Sandra H. Skjærvø, Stefan Krohns, X. Dai, Megan Holtz, Andres Cano, Martin Lilienblum, Zevu Yan, Edith Bourret, David A. Muller, Manfred Fiebig, Sverre M. Selbach and Dennis Meier
    Electrical half-wave rectification at ferroelectric domain walls
    Nature Nano. 13 (2018) 1028.

  • Bo Jiang, Trygve M. Raeder, De-Ye Lin, Tor Grande and Sverre M. Selbach
    Structural Disorder and Coherence across the Phase Transitions of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Bi0.5K0.5TiO3
    Chem. Mater. 30 (2018) 2631-2640.

  • Astrid Marthinsen, Sinéad M. Griffin, Magnus Moreau, Tor Grande, Thomas Tybell and Sverre M. Selbach
    Goldstone-like phonon modes in a (111)-strained perovskite
    Phys. Rev. Mater. 2 (2018) 014404.

  • Bo Jiang, Tor Grande and Sverre M. Selbach
    Local structure of disordered Bi0.5K0.5TiO3 investigated by pair distribution function analysis and first principles calculations
    Chem. Mater. 29 (2017) 4244-4252.

  • Katherine Inzani, Mohammedreza Nematollahi, Fride Vullum-Bruer, Tor Grande, Turid Worren Reenaas and Sverre M. Selbach
    Electronic Properties of Reduced Molybdenum Oxides
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19 (2017) 9232-9245.

  • Sandra H. Skjærvø, Espen T. Wefring, Silje K. Nesdal, Nikolai H. Gaukås, Gerhard H. Olsen, Julia Glaum
    Interstitial Oxygen as a Source of p-type Conductivity in Hexagonal Manganites
    Nature Commun. 
    7 (2016) 13745.

  • Astrid Marthinsen, Carina Faber, Ulrich Aschauer, Nicola A. Spaldin and Sverre M. Selbach
    Coupling and competition between ferroelectricity, magnetism, strain, and oxygen vacancies in AMnO3perovskites 
    MRS Commun. 6 (2016) 182-191.
  • Evan L. Runnerstrom, Amy Bergerud, Ankit Agrawal, Robert W. Johns, Clayton J. Dahlman, Ajay Singh, Sverre M. Selbach and Delia J. Milliron
    Defect Engineering in Plasmonic Metal Oxide Nanocrystals 
    Nano Lett. 16 (2016) 3390–3398.
  • Katherine Inzani, Tor Grande, Fride Vullum-Bruer and Sverre M. Selbach
    A van der Waals Density Functional Study of MoO3 and Its Oxygen Vacancies 
    J. Phys. Chem. C 120 (2016) 8959–8968.


  • Benjamin A. D. Williamson (Post doc, 2019-2022)
  • Didrik Småbråten (Post doc, 2018-2020)
  • Katherine Inzani (Post doc, 2016-2018)
  • Bo Jiang (Post doc, 2014-2017)
  • Elise Ramleth Østli (PhD, 2022)
  • Lu Xia (PhD, 2019)
  • Astrid Marthinsen (PhD, 2018)
  • Didrik R. Småbråten (PhD, 2018)
  • Sandra Helen Skjærvø (PhD, 2017)
  • Iman Yusuf ( 2022)
  • Vegard Vesterdal Viki ( 2022)
  • Aamund Westermoen ( 2022)
  • Kristoffer Eggestad ( 2021)
  • Ivar Loland Råhaum ( 2021)
  • Sigmund Sørensen Kielland ( 2019)
  • Embla Tharaldsen Bø ( 2019)
  • Steinar Åsmund Fagervoll ( 2019)
  • Xiaotian Li ( 2018)
  • Frida Paulsen Danmo ( 2018)
  • Frida Sveen Hempel ( 2018)
  • Ingeborg Treu Røe ( 2017)
  • Mohammed Mostafa Adnan ( 2017)
  • Nikolai Helth Gaukås ( 2016)
  • Stine Marie Hoggen ( 2016)
  • Kristian Fredrik Thorbjørnsen ( 2016)
  • Rasmus Vester Thøgersen ( 2016)
  • Elise Ramleth Østli ( 2015)
  • Mari Reidulff ( 2014)
  • Astrid Marthinsen ( 2014)
  • Madelen Mørk Frydenlund ( 2014)
  • Christine Blom ( 2014)
  • Tormod Østmoe ( 2014)
  • Stine Lund Walø ( 2013)
  • Silje Kathrin Nesdal ( 2013)
  • Torbjørn Cederløv ( 2010)
  • Amund Nordli Løvik ( 2010)