The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry was formed in January 2010, through merging the Department of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry and the Department of Environmental Chemistry. The activities of the department are focused on research and education in Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. The department also hosts the Berzelii Centre EXSELENT on Porous Materials, the Core Facility in Nanotechnology (CorNa) and the National Resource Centre for Chemistry Teachers (KRC).

Research

Both fundamental and applied research is carried out at the department. We develop new methods for studying structure and bonding in small and bio-molecules, liquids and solids. The methods include diffraction, electron microscopy, modelling, NMR and other spectroscopic methods. We study the physical and chemical properties of compounds and link them with the structures and reactivity, in order to assess their potential usefulness and impact on the environment. We use various synthesis and processing methods to develop new materials for applications, including implants, catalysis, CO2 separation, controlled release and renewable energy production.

Study with us

The department offers Master programmes in Environmental Chemistry and Materials Chemistry, and Ph.D. programmes in Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. We give various courses in chemistry at basic and advanced levels, including general chemistry and specialized courses in environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, physical chemistry and structural chemistry. For information about undergraduate studies and courses, please visit the Chemistry Section's homepage at Stockholm University.

Life as a researcher

Life as a student
The primary aim of Törnqvist's work is ultimately health risk assessment as the group seeks to identify potential problems and issues associated with compounds found in the environment that can affect humans.