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First material to be woven at nano level

For the first time, scientists have been able to weave a material at molecular level. The research is led by University of California Berkeley, in cooperation with Stockholm University. The new material is presented in the scientific journal Science.

Helmet with new wood-based shock-absorbing material

Scientists create wood-based Cellufoam, tout possible Styrofoam replacement

Scientists in Sweden are touting a new wood-based shock-absorbing material that could be a replacement for Styrofoam.

The material was developed by Wågberg, Lennart Bergström, a professor in Material Chemistry at Stockholm University, and Nicholas Tchang Cervin, a former doctoral student at KTH, in the Wallenberg Wood Science Center.

Audience Crosstalks

- Crosstalks: "Bend or break: materials for the future"

Human existence is, to a large extent, defined by the materials we use, a fact that is evident in the way we categorize parts of human history into periods such as the Stone Age or the Bronze Age. What are the new materials that will enable technological leaps in the next few years? What aspects of materials are most interesting to researchers today? And how does material science shape our future?

Osamu Terasaki and Peter Oleynikov with a model of the new crystal.

New crystal captures carbon from humid gas

A new material with micropores might be a way to fight climate change. Scientists have created crystals that capture carbon dioxide much more efficiently than previously known materials, even in the presence of water. The research was recently published in a report in the scientific journal Science.

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The Chemistry Section (KÖL)

The Chemistry Section (Kemiska sektionen) at Stockholm University consists of four chemistry departments, each of which conducts successful education and research within their field.

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Kemilärarnas Resurscentrum (KRC)

In June 1994 Kemilärarnas Resurscentrum, KRC got an assignment from the Swedish government to start a Centre supporting activities of chemistry teachers in Swedish compulsory and upper-secondary schools.

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Departmental Changes

Environmental Chemistry was part of MMK between 2010 - 2014.
1 January 2015 they merged with ITM and Analytical Chemistry and formed a new department ACES. Please visit them on

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Berzelii Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials is a joint initiative to promote excellent, multidisciplinary and innovative research on porous materials.