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Chemistry Section at Stockholm University

The Chemistry Section at Stockholm University consists of three prominent departments,

The Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

The Department of Organic Chemistry.

According to the prestigious Shanghai list, the research at the Chemistry Section is among the top 50 in the world, and top 10 in Europe.
Many of the researchers at the Chemistry Section are distinguished scientists and
recognized as thought leaders internationally, highlighted by their commitment and
involvement as members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Prize Committee for Chemistry.

Their research will in particular help to contribute to the development of a sustainable society, address future environmental and climate problems, diagnosing and curing diseases, improve the living standards of people and to develop new materials and medicines.

All the departments participate with both depth and width in the chemistry education at all levels. As a student, you are guaranteed high-class education in close interaction with research. Education takes place in the Chemical Practice Laboratory, also known as KÖL (Kemiska övningslaboratoriet), where you also find the administration of the section's programs and courses. KÖL sits in connection to Arrhenius laboratories in the Frescati area. The laboratory's name, Arrhenius, is a homage to Svante Arrhenius, who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1903. Svante Arrhenius was awarded the Nobel Prize for unifying chemistry and physics in a groundbreaking way.

The departments participate extensively in undergraduate education with courses at all levels. A close link between teaching and research has long been a tradition at the section and assures that teaching is based on evidence.



Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

More than 30 research groups are active at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. The research projects span across a broad range of topics covering various aspects of structure and function of biological systems. A majority of these topics is centered on biological membranes. Science for Life Laboratory, where many of our researchers are based, is also closely linked to the Department.

The combination of the highly interdisciplinary expertise and research projects at the department is unique in Sweden and also at an international level. This expertise ranges across cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics and theory. Some specific topics that are addressed include membrane protein biogenesis, membrane protein topology & assembly, mitochondria & chloroplasts, protein structure and function, protein folding and trafficing, lipid biosynthesis and function, energy conversion, DNA-RNA-PNA interactions, biological nitrogen fixation, viral membrane glycoproteins, protein structure & disease, bioinformatics, computational structural biology and development of theoretical tools.

Experimental studies are performed in wide range of different organisms and are also combined with the use of advanced  and novel biochemical and biophysical techniques.

The department is also deeply involved in teaching, with courses at all undergraduate levels. Two masters programes are given - one in biochemistry with a heavy focus on protein chemistry and one in neurochemistry with molecular neurobiology. A close link between the undergraduate program and the research projects has since long been a tradition and a trademark of the department.

The Science for Life Laboratory, where many of our researchers are based, is also closely linked to the department.


Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

The research at MMK addresses important challenges in energy, environment and health  - For a better world and a sustainable society.

Profile topics at MMK include materials for energy, environment and health, green synthesis, biobased materials processing, analytical chemistry for environment and health, Electron crystallography, analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray and neutron crystallography, solid state NMR and computational chemistry. The research activities are divided into ten profile areas, conducted by 26 different research groups. They develop advanced methodologies for chemical analysis and structural characterisation, including analytical chemistry tools, electron crystallography, different spectroscopic methods and multiscale modelling. 

MMK also hosts several core facilities with a state of the art equiptment including a Thermis Z.

The department is a strong driving force in the bachelor program and is responsible for the content and teaching in courses such as basic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical binding, introduction to environmental chemistry as well as chemical computer analysis and modelling and two courses in analytical chemistry. The deparment is also responsible for the popular masters programme in analytical chemistry. 


Organisk kemi

Department of Organic Chemistry

The research activities at the Department of Organic Chemistry cover many areas of experimental and theoretical organic chemistry and revolves around Selective synthesis, Transition metal-catalyzed organic transformations, Quantum chemical molecular modeling, Hypervalent iodine chemistry, Bioorganic chemistry, Green chemistry, PET chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at SciLifeLab Drug Discovery and Development platform. 

The department is involved in the bachelor progam and is responsible for their own Masters programme in organic chemistry. 

The Department of Organic Chemistry is also the home to 2019 Teacher of the Year - Nicklas Selander and the Chemistry Section's Dean - Berit Olofsson.

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.

You can reach us by e-mail on exp@kol.su.se