Rickard Armiento received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2005 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden with Prof. Göran Grimvall as supervisor and Dr. Ann E. Mattsson as co-supervisor. His work was on the development of improved computational methods for materials properties. He then received a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship to join the group of Prof. Stephan Kümmel at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, where his work was on the computational description of polarizability. In 2009 he went on a second postdoc in the group of Prof. Gerbrand Ceder at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, where he worked on high-throughput electronic structure calculations for the design of energy materials. Since 2012, Dr. Armiento is at Linköping University in Sweden, where he was appointed Docent in 2015, and associate professor in physical modeling in June 2017. His current research ranges over exchange-correlation energy, high-throughput materials design, properties of graphene, and machine learning for materials properties. Since 2016 he is also an application expert in big data analytics at the National Supercomputer Centre at Linköping University.


Full name:Rickard Roberto Armiento

Address: Linköping University,
Dept. of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM),
SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden.

Phone: +46 13 281249

Email: rickard.armiento [at]


Present and Previous Positions

  • 2017 – present: Associate Professor (Universitetslektor), Linköping University, Sweden.
  • 2012 – 2017: Assistant Professor (Biträdande universitetslektor), Linköping University, Sweden.
  • 2009 – 2012 Postdoc researcher at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • 2008 – 2009 Postdoc researcher at Department of Physics, Theoretical Physics IV, University of Bayreuth, Germany.
  • 2006 – 2007 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship Postdoc at Department of Physics, Theoretical Physics IV, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Education and Degrees

  • Apr. 21, 2015: Docent in Theoretical and Computational Physics, Linköping University, Sweden. Lecture: Designing new materials with supercomputers: theory development and practical application.
  • Oct. 27, 2005: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.Thesis: The Many-Electron Energy in Density Functional Theory, From Exchange-Correlation Functional Design to Applied Electronic Structure Calculations. Supervisor: Prof. Göran Grimvall, Co-advisor: Ann E. Mattsson, Sandia National Laboratories, USA. Opponent: Prof. Jens K. Nørskov, Technical University of Denmark.
  • Apr. 17, 2003: Licentiate (Teknologie Licentiat) in Theoretical Physics at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Apr. 27, 2000: Master of Science in Engineering Physics (Teknisk Fysik) at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.


  • Ongoing:
    • Assistant supervisor of PhD students: Joel Davidsson, Amin Gharavi, Huanyu Li.
  • Past:
    • 2017: Main PhD supervisor of Alexander Lindmaa.
    • 2016: Examination committee member for PhD defense, Uppsala University (Soumyajyoti Haldar).
    • 2015 – 2016: Supervisor of one postdoc for 2 years.
    • 2012 – present: Examiner of 3 master's thesis projects, supervisor of one.

Commissions of Trust and Service to the Community (selected)

  • 2015 – present: Responsible for undergraduate engineering physics study profile: Theory, Modelling and Computation at IFM, LiU.
  • 2005 – present: Referee for Physical Review Letters and Physical Review B (APS). Occasional referee for National Science Foundation, USA, and other journals.


  • Major grants as PI:
    • 2017 – 2020: VR Projekt Grant, 4 years, Semi-Local Density Functional for Accurate Point Defect Properties in Silicon Carbide and Other Materials
    • 2012 – 2015: VR Junior Researcher Project Grant, 4 years,High-Throughput Computational Design of Transition Metal and Rare-Earth-Based Materials for New Energy Technologies.
  • Grants as Co-Pi:
    • 2016 – 2019: Co-Pi Swedish e-Science Research Centre (SeRC) grant, Main PIs: Anna Delin (KTH) and Igor Abrikosov (LiU), Data-driven computational materials design.
    • 2015 – 2018: Co-Pi on VR Project grant, Main PI: Rositza Yakimova (LiU), 4 year, Engineering of graphene-based materials with advanced properties.
  • Other funding
    • 2014 – 2015: Academic host of Feodor Lynen Fellow Postdoc, Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

Teaching, etc.

  • 2014 – present: Linköping University, Sweden: Organizer and lecturer for undergraduate course Modern Physics II(4 ECTS credits).
  • 2013, 2015: Linköping University, Sweden: Organizer and lecturer for the graduate course Density Functional Theory(7.5 ECTS credits).
  • 2013: Linköping University: Organizer and lecturer for undergraduate course Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics(6 ECTS credits)
  • 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA: Co-organizer and lecturer for parts of the graduate level course Materials at Equilibrium.