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Gunstein Skomedal

Associate Professor


H4023 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )
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Research interests

I research materials that can convert energy from one type to another and that will be the cornerstones in a future fully electrified society; batteries, fuel cells, solar cells and thermoelectrics

Through our research we want to reduce cost in producing and using such solutions, with particlar forcus on degradation mechanisms and lifetime. The utilisation of these energy materials are often capital intensive at installation, and predictable and long lifetime is very important to achieve higher penetration of renewable energy solutions.

Circular economy is also an import part of what we are doing, by making sure that our precoious energy and materials are utilised efficiently with minimum losses through the value chain. One example is how we do a lot of research on reuse and recycling of Li-ion batteries from electric vehicles.

In general, I'm interested in a sustainable production and use of materials to work towards a more resource and energy efficient future. This is the red line through all our research on energy materials.

Work experience

2016 PostDoc at University of Agder

2018 Product Manager Battery Materials at Elkem Carbon AS

2016 - 2018 R&D Engineer at Elkem Technology

2013 – 2016 PhD Research Fellow, University of Agder

2012 – 2013 Processengineer at Elkem Solar AS

2010 – 2012 Trainee at Elkem AS

2005 – 2010: MSc at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU

Academic interests

Thermoelectrics, Solar PV, Solar electriciy systems, batteries and fuel cells.


Research group: Energy Materials

Current projects:

2018 - 2021 LIBRES - Lithium Ion-Battery Recycling (NFR, EnergiX)

2018 - ReLIEVe - Reuse of Lithium Ion-Batteries from Electrical Vehicels for stationary applications (RFF Agder)

2017 - 2019 TESil - Termoelektriske Silisider (NFR, EnergiX)

Previous projects:

2014 - 2017 Thelma - Thermoelectric Materials (NFR NANO2021)

2016 Eyde Batteri (SKF)

2013 - 2015 ThermoMat 1 & 2 (NFR EnergiX)

2013 - 2015 ThermoMag, EU project (FP7) : Nanostructured energy-harvesting thermoelectrics based on Mg2Si

Scientific publications

  • Graff, Joachim Seland; Schuler, Raphael; Song, Xin; Castillo-Hernandez, Gustavo; Skomedal, Gunstein; Enebakk, Erik; Wright, Daniel Nilsen; Stange, Marit Synnøve Sæverud; de Boor, Johannes; Løvvik, Ole Martin; Schrade, Matthias (2021). Fabrication of a Silicide Thermoelectric Module Employing Fractional Factorial Design Principles. Journal of Electronic Materials. ISSN: 0361-5235. 50s 4041 - 4049. doi:10.1007/s11664-021-08902-y.
  • Shyikira, Antoine de Padoue; Akhtar, Naureen; Skomedal, Gunstein; Sætre, Tor Oskar; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2021). High temperature oxidation of higher manganese silicides. Corrosion Science. ISSN: 0010-938X. 185doi:10.1016/j.corsci.2021.109327.
  • Shyikira, Antoine de Padoue; Akhtar, Naureen; Skomedal, Gunstein; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2021). The effect of Mo and Ge reactive elements on high-temperature oxidation of higher manganese silicide. Corrosion Science. ISSN: 0010-938X. doi:10.1016/j.corsci.2021.109920.
  • Shyikira, Antoine de Padoue; Skomedal, Gunstein; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2020). Performance evaluation and stability of silicide-based thermoelectric modules. Materials Today: Proceedings. ISSN: 2214-7853. doi:10.1016/j.matpr.2020.05.193.
  • Kanas, Nikola; Skomedal, Gunstein; Desissa, Temesgen D.; Feldhoff, Armin; Grande, Tor; Wiik, Kjell; Einarsrud, Mari-Ann (2020). Performance of a thermoelectric module based on n-type (La0.12Sr0.88)0.95TiO3-δ and p-type Ca3Co4-xO9+δ. Journal of Electronic Materials. ISSN: 0361-5235. 49 (7). s 4154 - 4159. doi:10.1007/s11664-020-08127-5.
  • Løvvik, Ole Martin; Flage-Larsen, Espen; Skomedal, Gunstein (2020). Screening of thermoelectric silicides with atomistic transport calculations. Journal of Applied Physics. ISSN: 0021-8979. 128doi:10.1063/5.0008198.
  • Skomedal, Gunstein; Vehus, Tore; Kanas, Nikola; Singh, Sathya Prakash; Einarsrud, Mari-Ann; Wiik, Kjell; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2019). Long term stability testing of oxide unicouple thermoelectric modules. Materials Today: Proceedings. ISSN: 2214-7853. 8 (2). s 696 - 705. doi:10.1016/j.matpr.2019.02.070.
  • Amoruso, Gloria; Donevska, Natasha; Skomedal, Gunstein (2018). German and Norwegian policy approach to residential buildings? energy efficiency?a comparative assessment. Energy Efficiency. ISSN: 1570-646X. 11 (6). s 1375 - 1395. doi:10.1007/s12053-018-9637-5.
  • Skomedal, Gunstein; Kristiansen, Nils Randulf; Sottong, Reinhard; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2017). Evaluation of Thermoelectric Performance and Durability of Functionalized Skutterudite Legs. Journal of Electronic Materials. ISSN: 0361-5235. 46 (4). s 2438 - 2450. doi:10.1007/s11664-017-5309-z.
  • Skomedal, Gunstein; Holmgren, Lennart; Middleton, Peter Hugh; Eremin, IS; Isachenko, GN; Jaegle, Martin; Tarantik, Karina; Vlachos, Nikolas; Manoli, Maria; Kyratsi, Theodora; Berthebaud, David; Dao Truong, Nhi Y; Gascoin, Franck (2016). Design, assembly and characterization of silicide-based thermoelectric modules. Energy Conversion and Management. ISSN: 0196-8904. 110s 13 - 21. doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2015.11.068.
  • Skomedal, Gunstein; Burkov, Alexander; Samunin, Alexander Yu; Haugsrud, Reidar; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2016). High temperature oxidation of Mg2(Si-Sn). Corrosion Science. ISSN: 0010-938X. 111 (1). s 325 - 333. doi:10.1016/j.corsci.2016.05.016.
  • Sesselmann, A; Skomedal, Gunstein; Middleton, Peter Hugh; Muller, E (2015). The Influence of Synthesis Procedure on the Microstructure and Thermoelectric Properties of p-Type Skutterudite Ce0.6Fe2Co2Sb12. Journal of Electronic Materials. ISSN: 0361-5235. doi:10.1007/s11664-015-4046-4.
  • Skomedal, Gunstein; Kristiansen, Nils Randulf; Engvoll, Marianne Aanvik; Middleton, Peter Hugh (2013). Methods for Enhancing the Thermal Durability of High-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials. Journal of Electronic Materials. ISSN: 0361-5235. 43 (6). s 1946 - 1951. doi:10.1007/s11664-013-2917-0.
  • Skomedal, Gunstein; Øvrelid, Eivind Johannes; Armada Nieto, Sergio; Espallargas, Nuria (2011). Effect of slurry parameters on material removal rate in multi-wire sawing of silicon wafers: a tribological approach. Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part J, journal of engineering tribology. ISSN: 1350-6501. 225 (J10). s 1023 - 1035. doi:10.1177/1350650111411246.
  • Løvvik, Ole Martin; Flage-Larsen, Espen; Skomedal, Gunstein (2019). Atomistic simulations and machine learning methods for development of thermoelectric materials.
  • Løvvik, Ole Martin; Berland, Kristian; Remonato, Filippo; Sagvolden, Espen; Flage-Larsen, Espen; Schrade, Matthias; Tanusilp, S.; Kurosaki, K.; Tabib, Mandar; Persson, Clas; Shulumba, Nina; Hellman, Olle; Skomedal, Gunstein (2019). Screening thermoelectric materials with ab initio atomistic modelling and machine learning techniques.

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