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.


Adam Slabon

Congratulations Adam Slabon for the Wallenberg Academy Fellow 2021

for recycle the natural resource lignin and create new sustainable materials.

Kemister i labb

Stockholm University part in a billion investment in materials science

Stockholm University is one of six universities that will share SEK 2.7 billion within the new research program Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability.


Ulrika Nilsson, Ioannis Sadiktis, and Mika Sipponen have received Formas grants.

Welcome to SUCCeSS first ever speedtalk

We are excited to invite you to our first speed talk event at Stockholm University Centre for Circular and Sustainable Systems (SUCCeSS) to be held on Monday the 29th of November.



Niklas Hedin, Leopold Ilag, Anneli Kruve, Alexander Lyubartsev, Aji Mathew, Miao Zhang have received the VR grants.

Paul Anastas

Paul Anastas is awarded the Volvo Environment Prize

Paul Anastas’ research is revolutionizing the chemical industry, from fundamental reaction methods to applications as diverse as processing foods and producing green hydrogen.

Paul Anastas is also a guestprofessor at MMK and a senior advisor at Stockholm University Center for Circular and Sustainable Systems.

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.

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.

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 A simple pressure-assisted method for MicroED specimen preparation
2021. Jingjing Zhao (et al.). Nature Communications 12 (1)

Artikel Ab-initio study of the electronic structure and magnetic properties of Ce2Fe17
2021. Alena Vishina (et al.). Journal of Alloys and Compounds 888

Artikel Effect of density, phonon scattering and nanoporosity on the thermal conductivity of anisotropic cellulose nanocrystal foams
2021. Varvara Apostolopoulou Kalkavoura (et al.). Scientific Reports 11 (1)

Artikel Efficient Screening of Bi-Metallic Electrocatalysts for Glycerol Valorization
2021. Egon Campos dos Santos (et al.). Electrochimica Acta 398

Artikel Electrochemically driven efficient enzymatic conversion of CO2 to formic acid with artificial cofactors
2021. Zhibo Zhang (et al.). Journal of CO2 Utilization 52

Artikel Generation Pathway of Hydroxyl Radical in Fe/N/C-Based Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysts under Acidic Media
2021. Pengyang Zhang (et al.). Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 12 (32), 7797-7803

Artikel In-situ growth of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks into a cellulosic filter paper for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol
2021. Hani Nasser Abdelhamid, Aji P. Mathew. Carbohydrate Polymers 274

Artikel Microstructural Characterization and Mechanical Properties of L-PBF Processed 316 L at Cryogenic Temperature
2021. Pragya Mishra (et al.). Materials 14 (19)

Artikel Molecular Mechanistic Insights into the Ionic-Strength-Controlled Interfacial Behavior of Proteins on a TiO2 Surface
2021. Yihui Dong (et al.). Langmuir 37 (39), 11499-11507

Artikel Multifunctional lignin-based nanocomposites and nanohybrids
2021. Erlantz Lizundia (et al.). Green Chemistry 23 (18), 6698-6760

Artikel Nanodancing with Moisture
2021. Frédéric Héraly (et al.). Advanced Intelligent Systems

Artikel Neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 requires antibodies against conformational receptor-binding domain epitopes
2021. Pia Gattinger (et al.). Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Artikel Oxidative cleavage of C-C bonds in lignin
2021. Elena Subbotina (et al.). Nature Chemistry

Artikel Primary interactions of biomass components during fast pyrolysis
2021. David O. Usino (et al.). Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 159

Artikel Synergetic contribution of nitrogen and fluorine species in porous carbons as metal-free and bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts for zinc-air batteries
2021. Ya-Nan Sun (et al.). Applied Catalysis B 297

Artikel The amyloid-inhibiting NCAM-PrP peptide targets Aβ peptide aggregation in membrane-mimetic environments
2021. Sylwia Król (et al.). iScience 24 (8)

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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