Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry

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The research at MMK addresses important challenges in energy, environment and health. We work for a better world and sustainable society.

We focus on developing new materials for a sustainable society, employing green synthesis and sustainable processing routes. We develop advanced methodologies for chemical analysis and structural characterisation, including analytical chemistry tools, electron crystallography, different spectroscopic methods and multiscale  modelling.

The research activities are divided into 10 profile areas, conducted by 26 research groups.


Formas Funding for Developing Safe and Sustainable Textile recycling

Textile re- and (up-)cycling is one of the most pressing issues in achieving circular economy. Prof. Aji Mathew and Anneli Kruve, have obtaimed support from the FORMAS Resource efficient and non-toxic call for a two-year project.

Welcome to SUCCeSS, the new Stockholm University Center for Circular and Sustainable Systems!

Welcome to SUCCeSS, the new Stockholm University Center for Circular and Sustainable Systems!

Welcome to SUCCeSS, the Stockholm University Center for Circular and Sustainable Systems! We are a new collaborative platform, for researchers in natural and social sciences aiming to solve the sustainability challenges of our time through transdisciplinary research. Visit our webpage to find out more about the center and how to collaborate with us.

CEM4MAT infrastructure workshop

The program contains presentations of new instruments that are national infrastructures located at SU/KTH/UU/LiU.

Pieces of wood and bark

New European network on sustainable use of tree bark for wooden construction

Wooden construction is important for many European countries. Stockholm University will coordinate an ERA-NET ForestValue project that brings together partners from six European countries to develop and demonstrate sustainable technologies for the utilization of bark residues from the forest industry.

All winners

SU Business Model Cup

Do you have a sustainable business idea and want to compete? If so, the SU Business Model Cup is perfect for you! The competition is open from Sept 23 until Nov 8, all students and researchers from Stockholm University can participate.

Stockholm Material Hub Workshops

Save the dates for the next series of workshops organized by Stockholm material hub. See the dates and themes in the SMH homepage:


Large infrastructure grant to EMC at Stockholm university

The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) at Stockholm University has been granted 15 MSEK by The Swedish Research Council for upgrade of the scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and soft matter sample preparation facilities.

Prof. Mattias Edén

Project on Cements for New Bone Implants Highlighted in "Framtidens Forskning"

An article in Framtidens Forskning highlights the progress made in the SSF-funded project "Active Calcium Phosphate Cements" for the next-generation of bone implants. The project involves groups at Uppsala University, Gothenburg University, Karolinska Institute, and Mattias Edén, Renny Mathew, and Baltzar Stevensson at MMK.

Michelle defense

Congratulations to our new masters in Analytical Chemistry

Another successful school year got a fantastic ending when eighth masters’ students on the Analytical Chemistry program defended their Master’s theses.

Gradual opening

MMKs local corona recommendations for work and teaching

James Shen

Professor Zhijian James Shen has passed away

Our dear colleague Professor Zhijian James Shen has recently passed away at an age of 59 years. James was associated and employed at Stockholm University and the Department since 1993. We will remember James for his very friendly and care-taking demeanor and for his intelligence and enthusiastic and hard-working attitude. We would like to share our memories of him with his family. If you have photos/pictures or a few sentences of memories please collect them and send them to Mirva Eriksson ( and/or Lu Song  ( This text will be updated when we have more information.


 Gunnar Svensson, prefekt

Picture of Adam Slabon.

New master’s programme in sustainable chemistry

This autumn Stockholm University will start a new master’s programme in sustainable chemistry. It is the first complete master’s programme in this area in Europe and part of the university´s effort to focus on sustainable chemistry.

Beyond Benign

MMK Sign the Green Chemistry Commitment

To make green chemistry an integral part of chemistry education.

Dag Noréus

Återvinning av batterier förenklas med ny metod

En ny metod för att återvinna gamla batterier kan ge bättre och billigare laddningsbara hydridbatterier (NiMH). Det visar en ny studie av forskare vid Stockholms universitet.


Corona: MMK donates protective visors for Swedish hospitals

3D printing process of protective visors The 3D printing process of protective visors was conducted in Prof. Aji Mathew’s and Prof. Jiayin Yuan’s group.

Hand sanitizer team

Corona: MMK Produce Hand Sanitizer for Hospitals

We have now delivered more than 20 000 liters of hand sanitizer to the hospitals and elderly homes.


Information for students and staff about the coronavirus

Information on the coronavirus in relation to Stockholm University's activities is updated continuously.

Recent Publications

Artikel Artificial plant cell walls as multi-catalyst systems for enzymatic cooperative asymmetric catalysis in non-aqueous media
2021. Luca Deiana (et al.). Chemical Communications 57 (70), 8814-8817

Artikel Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Lipids Near TiO2 Nanosurfaces
2021. Mikhail Ivanov, Alexander P. Lyubartsev. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 125 (29), 8048-8059

Artikel Coarse-grained simulations of ionic liquid materials
2021. Yong-Lei Wang, Bin Li, Aatto Laaksonen. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP 23 (35), 19435-19456

Artikel Crystal and electronic facet analysis of ultrafine Ni2P particles by solid-state NMR nanocrystallography
2021. Wassilios Papawassiliou (et al.). Nature Communications 12 (1)

Artikel Fully Bio-Based Elastomer Nanocomposites Comprising Polyfarnesene Reinforced with Plasma-Modified Cellulose Nanocrystals
2021. Ilse Magaña (et al.). Polymers 13 (16)

Artikel Hydrazine-Enabled One-Step Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticle-Functionalized Gradient Porous Poly(ionic liquid) Membranes
2021. Atefeh Khorsand Kheirabad (et al.). Macromolecular rapid communications 42 (8)

Artikel In silico study of PEI-PEG-squalene-dsDNA polyplex formation
2021. Tudor Vasiliu (et al.). Biomaterials Science 9 (19), 6623-6640

Artikel Isolation and modification of nano-scale cellulose from organosolv-treated birch through the synergistic activity of LPMO and endoglucanases
2021. Madhu Nair Muraleedharan (et al.). International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 183, 101-109

Artikel Janus-interface engineering boosting solar steam towards high-efficiency water collection
2021. Houze Yao (et al.). Energy & Environmental Science

Artikel Ligand-Directed Conformational Control over Porphyrinic Zirconium Metal-Organic Frameworks for Size-Selective Catalysis
2021. Liting Yang (et al.). Journal of the American Chemical Society 143 (31), 12129-12137

Artikel Minute-Made, High-Efficiency Nanostructured Bi2Te3 via High-Throughput Green Solution Chemical Synthesis
2021. Bejan Hamawandi (et al.). Nanomaterials 11 (8)

Artikel Moisture uptake in nanocellulose
2021. Mohit Garg (et al.). Cellulose (London) 28 (14), 9007-9021

Artikel Molecular Structure, Spectral Investigations, Hydrogen Bonding Interactions and Reactivity-Property Relationship of Caffeine-Citric Acid Cocrystal by Experimental and DFT Approach
2021. Priya Verma (et al.). Frontiers in Chemistry 9

Artikel MyD88 TIR domain higher-order assembly interactions revealed by microcrystal electron diffraction and serial femtosecond crystallography
2021. Max T. B. Clabbers (et al.). Nature Communications 12 (1)

Artikel Nanofluidic voidless electrode for electrochemical capacitance enhancement in gel electrolyte
2021. Kefeng Xiao (et al.). Nature Communications 12 (1)

Artikel Nickel Phosphide Nanoparticles for Selective Hydrogenation of SO2 to H2S
2021. Xinnan Lu (et al.). ACS Applied Nano Materials 4 (7), 6568-6582

Artikel Overlooked Binary Compounds Uncovered in the Reinspection of the La-Au System
2021. Alexander Ovchinnikov, Anja-Verena Mudring. Inorganic Chemistry 60 (16), 12158-12171

Artikel Proton-detected fast-magic-angle spinning NMR of paramagnetic inorganic solids
2021. Jan Blahut (et al.). RSC Advances 11 (47), 29870-29876

Artikel Ready Access to Anhydrous Anionic Lanthanide Acetates by Using Imidazolium Acetate Ionic Liquids as the Reaction Medium
2021. Guillaume Bousrez (et al.). Chemistry - A European Journal 27 (52), 13181-13189

Artikel Selective adsorption of CO2 and SF6 on mixed-linker ZIF-7-8s
2021. Michelle Åhlén (et al.). Chemical Engineering Journal 422

Artikel Smart Sand by Surface Engineering
2021. Jian Chang (et al.). Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 60 (26), 9475-9481

Artikel Structural and Electrochemical Properties of Type VIII Ba8Ga16−δSn30+δClathrate (δ≈1) during Lithiation
2021. Andrew Dopilka (et al.). ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 13 (36), 42564-42578

Artikel Synthesis of SAPO-56 using N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-1,6-hexanediamine and co-templates based on primary, secondary, and tertiary amines
2021. Alma Berenice Jasso-Salcedo (et al.). Inorganica Chimica Acta 525

Artikel Thermally Insulating Nanocellulose-Based Materials
2021. Varvara Apostolopoulou-Kalkavoura, Pierre Munier, Lennart Bergström. Advanced Materials 33 (28)

Artikel Three novel complexes of copper
2021. Malihe Zahmati Eraj (et al.). Journal of the Iranian Chemical Society (18), 765-783

Artikel Toward Sustainable Li-Ion Battery Recycling
2021. Jędrzej Piątek (et al.). ACS sustainable chemistry and engineering 9 (29), 9770-9778

Artikel Ultrafast Dynamics in Cu-Deficient CuInS2 Quantum Dots
2021. Nora Eliasson (et al.). The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 125 (27), 14751-14764

Artikel Water Filtration Membranes Based on Non-Woven Cellulose Fabrics
2021. Blanca Jalvo (et al.). Nanomaterials 11 (7)

Sustainable Chemistry

NEW: MSc Programme in Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainable chemistry, also which embraces the concept of green chemistry, is an area that focuses on safe design of synthesis pathways, processing routes, and the derivation and analysis of products that minimizes the use and generation of hazardous substances.

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