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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!


Info I

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.

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.

Life Science

Master's Programmes in chemistry

Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Proteinchemistry or Neurochemistry - 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 September 2020 with enrollement the fall of 2021!

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


Hälla vätskor

Information about studies at the Chemistry Section Fall 2020

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.

Plugga hemma med dator

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.

Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office

Opening and telephone hours

Monday 10.00-11.30, 12.30-15.00

Wednesday 10.00-11.30, 12.30-15.00


Phone: 08-16 3709


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Jens Olof Lasthein

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