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Research at the chemistry section

The chemistry section is made up of five chemistry departments, all specialized in their respective area. Research at the five departments span a wide rage, where both subject specific as interdisciplinary research is conducted. Mainly it's about curiosity-driven basic research, but also application driven research is conducted. The section's research is extensive and there are currently more than 240 graduate students at the section's institutions.

Researchers from the section iare nvolved in four of SU's leading research areas: biological membranes, climate, oceans and the environment, catalysis in organic chemistry and materials chemistry. The chemistry section is also active in areas identified by the faculty: chemical biology and theoretical chemistry.

The section includes two research centers, the center for biomembrane research, CBR, and Berzeliigatan Center EXSELENT (EXtremly SELective and ENantioselective nanoporous materials for controlled adsorption and catalysis). Operations in CBR, funded by the Foundation for Strategic Research, is closely linked to the leading research area, biological membranes, and much of the research focus on membrane protein structure and function. EXSELENT center is funded by the Swedish Research Council and VINNOVA, conducted both basic and more applied research on porous materials, and a number of both small and large chemical companies are involved in research projects. Researchers from the chemistry section are also very active in the newly formed Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.

The section's scientists are very successful in their areas, the research conducted at Stockholm University is the country's best-placed institution in international rankings. Furthermore, many of the section's scientists are Members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. The research environment at the section is very dynamic and inspiring.


Chemistry Section, Head of Section
Lennart Bergström, Professor
Phone: 08-16 2368

Biochemistry and Biophysics, Head of department
Lena Mäler, professor
Phone: +46-8-16-2448

Materials and Environmental chemistry, Head of Department
Gunnar Svensson, Professor
Phone: +46 8 16 1254

Neurochemisty, Head of Department
Einar Hallberg, Professor
Phone: +46 8 16 3598

Organic chemistry, Head of Deparment
Göran Widmalm
Phone: +46 8 16 2923