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Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

Stockholm University is monitoring the situation and follows the information and recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding this matter.


Meet our alumni! Lola, medical manager

Growing up in Spain, Lola Herman dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer. But her passion for making a difference and helping people lead her elsewhere. More specifically, to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Stockholm University. She is now working in medical affairs, being a part of bringing patients new therapies and hope for the future.


Large infrastructure grant to EMC at Stockholm university

The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) at Stockholm University has been granted 15 MSEK by The Swedish Research Council for upgrade of the scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and soft matter sample preparation facilities.

Michelle defense

Congratulations to our new masters in Analytical Chemistry

Another successful school year got a fantastic ending when eighth masters’ students on the Analytical Chemistry program defended their Master’s theses.

Daniel Martinez Molina SU alumni and Head of Research and co-founder of Pelago Bioscience AB.

"I had aha moments all the time during my studies"

Daniel Martinez Molina's interest in nutrition led him to the Bachelors programme in nutriton - a program given in collaboration between SU and KI. Today, Daniel is the Head of Research and co-founder of Pelago Bioscience AB.

Mistra SafeChem progam picutre

Mistra SafeChem

Mistra SafeChem is a large Swedish research programme for green and sustainable chemical industry, with the aim to reduce exposure to hazardous substances.

David Drew verksam forskare vid institutionen för biokemi och biofysik har tilldelats Göran Gustafssonspris 2020 i kemi. Foto: Niklas Björling

Arrhenius plaque award 2020 to Professor David Drew

David Drew, Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Chemistry Section, has been awarded the Arrhenius plaque award for 2020. The award has been given out annually since 1960 by the Swedish Chemical Society in memory of Svante Arrhenius.

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Stockholm University receives four ERC Advanced Grants

Four researchers at Stockholm University are awarded prestigious ERC Advanced Grants. Their areas of research are within theatre studies, neurochemistry and physics. One of them is Professor Christian Broberger at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Chemistry Section.

jordglob i händer

A new centre strengthens sustainable chemistry research

A new centre will highlight and develop research and education on sustainable chemistry at Stockholm University. The centre will also have affiliations with research outside the Chemistry Section and actors external to the university.

Life Science

Master's Programmes in chemistry

Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Protein Chemistry, Neurochemistry or Sustainable Chemistry- the choice is yours. The Chemistry Section offers four unique and advanced Master's programmes with a strong connection to the ongoing research. We also offer a Master's programme in Molecular Life Siences in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Royal School of Technology (KTH). 

All our programmes opens for application on the 15th of March 2021 with enrollement the fall of 2021!

Read more about them here and read what our students say!


skott i hand

From AI to green chemistry: how Stockholm University is tackling the climate crisis

Researchers at Stockholm University are working on a wide range of challenges related to the climate crisis and creating a more sustainable future. The Local spoke to three of its experts about their work – and their hopes and concerns for the future.

Handsprit och fjädrar

One year with the pandemic

It's hard to believe that it was a year ago this whole pandemic reached us. Our scientists at the Chemistry Section responded to the shortage of hand sanitizer and made more!

Watch video to learn more

Piles of paper. Photo @Yijing from Unsplash

MSc thesis project in Sustainable Materials Chemistry – APPLY NOW!

Join the Sustainable Materials Chemistry research group to develop colloidal lignin particles for environmentally friendly industrial applications.

In this project the researchers want to understand every detail of processes that are absolutely essential for all life.
Photo: Dan Sjöstrand

Cell powerhouses offer potential for new drugs

In this project the researchers want to understand every detail of processes that are absolutely essential for all life. An added bonus may be the development of new drugs for tuberculosis and other diseases.


Spring 2021 - List of courses and course information

Preliminary schedules for advanced courses will be available a couple of weeks before course commencement.

Please note that the roll call on the first day of the course is compulsary. 

First period 2021 will mostly be taught online. Some courses will allow for very small groups on campus. Please check the course schedule to see if this applies to you.

Teaching form for the second period has not been decided, as the format will depend on the spread of covid-19. This page will be updated as soon as we have more information to share.

If you have any questions about the course or its contents please contact the Course Coordinator or the Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office.

Gunnar von Heijne

“Being on the Nobel Committee is probably one of the best things you can do as a Swedish researcher”

Gunnar von Heijne is one of Sweden’s most cited researchers in the field of biochemistry and is known for his research on membrane proteins. He has also been a member and chairman of the Nobel Committee for chemistry. But it all started with an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in high school.


Small wood fibers can support the next generation of sustainable insulation

Researchers from Stockholm University and their partners have shown that at higher humidity, water seeps inside the spaces of tiny nano-sized wooden fiber lattices – swelling the insulation material and stopping heat from moving through it. Known as super-insulating nanofibrillar foams, such wood-based products could replace petroleum-based ones, providing a huge step forward in sustainability for construction materials and packaging. The higher efficiency could also allow retrofitting the insulation in existing buildings without losing interior space or altering the façade.

Astrid Gräslund

"Research at its best is to come up with something new – a connection no one knows about"

Astrid Gräslund is not only a legendary researcher in biophysics. She was also the first woman to be elected as a board member of the Nobel Foundation.

Smaranda, MSc in neurochemsitry in KÖL building

”Biochemistry has an elegance and profoundness that really stands out”

Smaranda Bacanu from Bucharest left her chemistry studies behind and moved to Sweden. While figuring out her future, she tried working in the restaurant business. But since her passion for chemistry didn't fade, she signed up for the chemistry bachelor’s program at Stockholm University. Today, Smaranda is focusing on cancer research as a PhD student.

Lajban, Lars-Johan Norrby

Prof Lajban My main job as an academic teacher is to inspire students for higher studies

The need for new, young researchers will steadily increase! Therefore, study chemistry at the highest level. These are the words of Professor Emeritus Lars-Johan Norrby. After 45 years as a teacher and researcher, he tells us about exciting discoveries, why the teacher role has been the most important one, and how he was given the nickname Lajban.

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Vote for the Hero of the Year 2020

The sanitizer team at Stockholm University are finalists in the “Hero of the Year” award by Framtidsverket. Vote for the initiative that resulted in 22 000 liters of hand sanitizer.


Stockholm Material Hub creating the future of dentistry

The Stockholm Material Hub, a Stockholm Trio collaboration, is working in collaboration with dentists and clinicians to create the next generation of materials for dental implants. The requirements for how an artificial tooth looks, functions and can be manufactured are exceedingly complex, but it seems likely that their zirconia-based materials will be the choice of the future. Read more about the collaboration headed by Professor James Shen from the Department of Material - and Environmental Chemistry.

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Wallenberg grant for research on aggression

How is aggression controlled in the brain and what methods can we use to influence it? These are some of the questions that Christian Broberger, professor of neurochemistry, hopes to get answers to during a five-year project that now receives SEK 20.4 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Glad student som labbar

Our chemistry programs have achieved 94% student satisfaction!

Every three to four years, the science faculty at Stockholm University performs a unique and comprehensive survey about what are our recent graduates up to? It is called “After the Studies” and in 2019 the seventh rendition of this study was done. 

KÖL och Arre

Chemical Practice Laboratory, KÖL 25 years!

The first KÖL - Chemical Practice Laboratory was located at the Swedish Museum of Natural History and was Stockholm University's first building in Frescati. The building was inaugurated by Gustaf VI Adolf in 1963. The Chemical Practice Laboratory remained in the building until 1995, when the new premises at the Arrhenius Laboratory were ready.

Join us when we look back on 25 years of chemistry at KÖL!


Christian Broberger, professor of neurochemistry at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Photo: Mika Neitz Pettersson

Unexpected differences between rats and mice gives new insight into the male parental brain

By making use of an unexpected species difference between rats and mice, scientists have identified a system in the brain that controls how males behave when they become fathers. A central component in this system is the hormone, prolactin, which has previously been shown to prepare the female for motherhood. The researchers were also able to control how much interest the males took in their offspring by experimental manipulations. These findings were published in the scientific journal Cell.

Hälla vätskor

Information about studies at the Chemistry Section during restrictions due to Covid-19

Teachers, TAs and administrative staff at the Chemistry Section are currently working hard to ensure we can deliver education of the same quality as under normal circumstances but being as flexible as possible to reduce risk of transmission. This can lead to that you as a student might get less scheduled time in the lab or that you will begin later and finish later (to avoid rush hour traffic) or that you cannot have lunch at KÖL before or after your lab work and you are not able to linger in KÖLs common areas after lectures or labs. Please read more about it here.

Agneta Norén, teacher of the year!

Congratulations Agneta Norén, teacher of the year 2020!

For the third year running, the "Teacher of the Year" award goes to the Chemistry Section! This year, the well-deserved winner is named Agneta Norén, who teaches biochemistry on the Bachelor's program in chemistry.

Berit Olofsson, Section Dean and professor in Organic chemistry

There are always new things to discover and be fascinated by

Meet the Dean of Chemistry Berit Olofsson, who became a professor in organic chemistry when she was only 40 years old. She specifically works with questions concerning gender equality in the academy and strives for a bachelor's program in green chemistry. 
– Organic chemistry requires an exciting combination of theoretical knowledge and experimental skills, where no day is ever the same in the lab, Berit says.

There are large amounts of branches and tops on the felling sites, which could be used for many useful things, including for clothing textile fabrics. Photo: Mostphotos/Kennerth Kullman.

Roots and branches will become clothes for healthcare professionals

Residues from Swedish forestry will replace cotton in the production of clothing textile fabrics for attire worn by healthcare providers, and thus reduce the climate load. This is the goal with a research project underway at Stockholm University in collaboration with Region Stockholm.

Återvinningen av laddningsbara hydridbatterier kan bli enklare med en ny metod, enligt en ny studie. Laddningsbara batterier finns av olika sorter, stora som små, och metoden är användbar för alla typer av NiMH-batterier. Foto: Paninastock/Mostphotos

New NiMH batteries perform better when made from recycled old NiMH batteries

A new method for recycling old batteries can provide better performing and cheaper rechargeable hydride batteries (NiMH) as shown in a new study by researchers at Stockholm University.

En lösning av formate tillhör de material som testats i projektet.

New solutions for cutting CO2 emissions

In order for Sweden to reach the climate target of becoming fossil-free by 2045, new, innovative solutions are required. A new project with researchers from Stockholm University will develop green catalytic methods to convert carbon dioxide into new, sustainable materials.

Schematic figure of the SARS-CoV-2 entry into the host cell. And how this could be blocked by an antibody binding the spike protein.

In silico studies towards highly specific antibodies for the novel coronavirus

A Brazilian research group together with professor Aatto Laksonen from the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University and Petru Poni Institute in Iasi have confirmed how the spike protein receptor binding domain of the new coronavirus enters the human cell. Based on these molecular insights the researchers have been able to propose more efficient binder candidates. This discovery has the potential to improve the development of a new vaccine and/or an antiviral drug. These recent findings are published in the scientific journal Virus Research.

3D printed visors for the medical staff are produced in our labs by several of our PhD students and Postdocs.

3D printers are working hard at the Chemistry Section

To continue our efforts in helping out during the Corona pandemic, PhD students at the Department of Material and Environmental Chemistry are using the labs 3D printers to make protective visors for medical staff in Sweden.

Mats Nilsson. Photo: Eva Dalin

Mobile phone can contribute to simple virus testing

Professor Mats Nilsson at Stockholm University is leading one of the projects focusing on covid-19, which now receives funding from SciLifeLab and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The project is about developing a quick and easy test for viruses, where the mobile phone can become an important tool.

Kemiska sektionen

Thank you for all the support

During the Corona pandemic the Chemistry Section took an initiative to supply the hospitals in the Stockholm region with hand sanitiser. 

Despite it being something that started here it could not have been done without support from healthcare staff, politicians, non-profit associations, other universities, the museum of Natural History, our students, scientists and technical staff, the alcohol and drug industry as well the general public. We are humbled by the fact that this has inspired other organisations to do the same.

Mixing solutions is only one part of being a chemist. Chemists are experts in taking scientific facts and translating it into real action. Our commitment to create a sustainable world and a sustainable society is the foundation to all our research and education -  This is what has driven this initiative.

Please follow the link to read more about our initative and also to watch movie about it.

/The Chemistry Section

Kristallina strukturer

New crystalline calcium phosphate may lead to innovative biomedical applications

Researchers at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry have discoverad a novel crystalline member of the calcium orthophosphate mineral family. This is an important class of biominerals for humans as it is an essential constituent of bone and tooth enamel. The discovery may result in new biomedical applications and improve the understanding of the biomineralization processes. The discovery was published in Nature Communications.

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Athena and Zoom - digital alternatives for online education

The Stockholm University Senior Management Team has 16 March decided that Stockholm University to the greatest extent possible will change to online teaching and examination as a way to contribute to reducing the spread of the new coronavirus and still be able to continue our activities. The transition will take place as soon as possible, based on each department’s different possibilities for switching to digital or alternative teaching methods. To achieve this we will make use of digital platforms such as Athena and Zoom.

Tamara Konstatin Ehsan

Stockholm University chemists mix hand sanitiser for current health care needs

Just over 200 litres of newly produced hand sanitiser, plastic gloves, face masks and other items in high demand comprise the first consignment of disposable items, assembled by chemists at Stockholm University to be delivered to hospitals to help meet current urgent healthcare needs in the wake of the spread of COVID-19.

Martin Högbom

Biochemist at Stockholm University new member of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Professor Martin Högbom, at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has become one of six new members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. "I was surprised and, of course, very happy when I got the message. KVA is a key player in strengthening the role of science in society, which is more important than ever," says Martin Högbom.


Professor Ulrich Häussermann awarded the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster Grant 2020

The Swedish Research Council has awarded Professor Ulrich Häussermann, at the Department of Environmental and Materials Chemistry, with a grant for the project “In-situ studies of hydrogenation reactions at high pressures - a step towards new superconducting hydride materials?”. This grants is given within the X-ray-Ångström Cluster 2020.

David Drew verksam forskare vid institutionen för biokemi och biofysik har tilldelats Göran Gustafssonspris 2020 i kemi. Foto: Niklas Björling

Göran Gustafsson Prize 2020 in chemistry awarded to David Drew

The Chemistry Section congratulates David Drew, from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, for receiving the prestigious Göran Gustafsson Prize 2020 in chemistry. We also congratulate Hiranya Peiris who has been awarded the same prize in physics.

Professor Robin Rogers.
Photo: Alec Tremaine Photography

Prominent US chemists guest professors at Stockholm University

Paul Anastas and Robin D. Rogers are world-renowned for their work on developing eco-friendly chemicals. In 2019 and 2020, they hold guest professorships at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry. The two tenures highlight the university’s leading position in the field of green chemistry.

David Drew. Photo: Magnus Bergström/Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Scientists discover how malaria parasites import sugar

Researchers at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics has established how sugar is taken up by the malaria parasite, a discovery with the potential to improve the development of antimalarial drugs. The research is published in the scientific journal Nature.

Robert Daniels

Eminent research on flu antigens took Robert Daniels back to USA

Intellectual freedom and the opportunity to start his own research group once lured Robert Daniels to the Chemistry Section at Stockholm University. After nine years of eminent academic research at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, he landed a prestigious job in the US. Still, his focus is the same: to apply basic membrane protein folding principles to modernize and improve the antigens in seasonal influenza vaccines.

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