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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.

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.

Life Science

Master's Programmes in Chemistry

Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry 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 masters program in Molecular Life Siences in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet and the Royal School of Technology (KTH). 

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


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 closed until further notice

Due to the new Corona virus we are keeping the Chemistry Section & Student Affairs Office closed until further notice.

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Jens Olof Lasthein

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