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.


Zhehao Huang

New structural transformation phenomenon can break the way in searching for novel materials

All over the world science is looking for new materials to tackle environmental problems. Scientists have now found a new way of generating novel zeolites, which are widely used for producing basic chemicals and recently drawn interests in CO2 capture. The route is based on the discovery of a structural transformation phenomenon introduced by deep dehydration – allowing brand new materials to be obtained from existing ones.

Sven Hovmöller

Sven Hovmöller awarded by IUCr

Congratulation Sven, for being awarded the IUCr Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography.

Universitetets information om höstterminen

Fakultetens riktlinjer och rekommendationer under pågående Corona-utbrott

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.

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5.8 million kronor for Stockholm Material Hub

Region Stockholm has granted 36.4 million kronor to technology projects that couple basic research with entrepreneurship. Stockholm Material Hub, led by Stockholm University researchers James Shen, Aji Mathew and Mirva Eriksson, has received 5.8 MSEK to develop materials for use in healthcare and bring them to market.

New solutions for cutting CO2 emissions

Sustainable catalytic processes for CO2 conversion to platform chemicals and novel materials


In silico studies towards highly specific antibodies for the novel coronavirus

A Brazilian research group together with professor Aatto Laksonen from the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University and Petru Poni Institute in Iasi have confirmed how the spike protein receptor binding domain of the new coronavirus enters the human cell. Based on these molecular insights the researchers have been able to propose more efficient binder candidates. This discovery has the potential to improve the development of a new vaccine and/or an antiviral drug. These recent findings are published in the scientific journal Virus Research.


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.

Robin Rogers. Foto: Alec Tremaine Photography


Prominent US chemists guest professors at Stockholm University

Robin D. Rogers and Paul Anastas are world-renowned for their work on developing eco-friendly chemicals. In 2019 and 2020, they are guest professors at Stockholm University.

Recent Publications

Artikel Antioxidant and UV-Blocking Leather-Inspired Nanocellulose-Based Films with High Wet Strength
2020. Konstantin Kriechbaum, Lennart Bergström. Biomacromolecules 21 (5), 1720-1728

Artikel Best Practice for Reporting Wet Mechanical Properties of Nanocellulose-Based Materials
2020. Andreas Walther (et al.). Biomacromolecules 21 (6), 2536-2540

Artikel Composition Tuning of Nanostructured Binary Copper Selenides through Rapid Chemical Synthesis and Their Thermoelectric Property Evaluation
2020. Bejan Hamawandi (et al.). Nanomaterials 10 (5)

Artikel Controllable direct-syntheses of delaminated MWW-type zeolites
2020. Zhendong Wang (et al.). Cuihuà xuébào 41 (7), 1062-1066

Artikel Cryo-Electron microscopy for the study of self-assembled poly(ionic liquid) nanoparticles and protein supramolecular structures
2020. Zdravko Kochovski (et al.). Colloid and Polymer Science 298 (7), 707-717

Artikel Development of a high pressure stirring cell up to 2 GPa
2020. Ying-Jui Hsu (et al.). High Pressure Research

Artikel Efficient and Long Lived Green Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells
2020. Jude E. Namanga (et al.). Advanced Functional Materials

Artikel Elucidation of the Active Sites for Monodisperse FePt and Pt Nanocrystal Catalysts for p-WSe2 Photocathodes
2020. Zili Ma (et al.). The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 124 (22), 11877-11885

Artikel Enhancing crystal growth using polyelectrolyte solutions and shear flow
2020. Jian-Ke Sun (et al.). Nature 579 (7797), 73-79

Artikel Ferrocene-integrated conjugated microporous polymer nanosheets
2020. Jianqiao He (et al.). Applied materials today 18

Artikel Field-dependent paramagnetic relaxation enhancement in solutions of Ni(II)
2020. Jozef Kowalewski (et al.). Journal of magnetic resonance 314

Artikel Forcing Dicyanamide Coordination to f-Elements by Dissolution in Dicyanamide-Based Ionic Liquids
2020. Si-Fu Tang (et al.). Inorganic Chemistry 59 (10), 7227-7237

Artikel Hydrazine-Enabled One-Step Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticle-Functionalized Gradient Porous Poly(ionic liquid) Membranes
2020. Atefeh Khorsand Kheirabad (et al.). Macromolecular rapid communications

2020. Luis A. Villaescusa (et al.). Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59 (28), 11283-11286

Artikel Membrane-Filtered Kraft Lignin-Silica Hybrids as Bio-Based Sorbents for Cobalt(II) Ion Recycling
2020. Tetyana M. Budnyak (et al.). Acs Omega 5 (19), 10847-10856

Artikel Metal-Organic Frameworks with Hexakis(4-carboxyphenyl)benzene
2020. Francoise M. Amombo Noa (et al.). Journal of the American Chemical Society 142 (20), 9471-9481

Artikel Microstructure of a Ti-50 wt% Ta alloy produced via laser powder bed fusion
2020. Lei-Lei Xing (et al.). Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters) 33, 981-990

Artikel Oxide dispersion strengthened stainless steel 316L with superior strength and ductility by selective laser melting
2020. Yuan Zhong (et al.). Journal of Materials Science & Technology 42, 97-105

Artikel Phosphate dental cements agedin vivoup to 25 years
2020. Maximilian Gryksa (et al.). Advances in Applied Ceramics

Artikel Porous Carbon Membrane-Supported Atomically Dispersed Pyrrole-Type Fe-N-4 as Active Sites for Electrochemical Hydrazine Oxidation Reaction
2020. Yu-Cheng Wang (et al.). Small

Artikel Promoting the Fe(VI) active species generation by structural and electronic modulation of efficient iron oxide based water oxidation catalyst without Ni or Co
2020. Lizhou Fan (et al.). Nano Energy 72

Artikel Quantitative phase analyses of biomedical pyrophosphate-bearing monetite and brushite cements by solid-state NMR and powder XRD
2020. Hua Guo (et al.). Ceramics International 46 (8), 11000-11012

Artikel Responsive ruthenium complex probe for phosphorescence and time-gated luminescence detection of bisulfite
2020. Wenzhu Zhang (et al.). Dalton Transactions 49 (17), 5531-5538

Artikel Spherical lignin particles
2020. Monika Österberg (et al.). Green Chemistry 22 (9), 2712-2733

Artikel Studied and Forgotten. A Fresh Look at the Li-Mn-Ge System
2020. Alexander Ovchinnikov, Svilen Bobev. Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeines Chemie

Artikel Surface modified TiO2/reduced graphite oxide nanocomposite anodes for lithium ion batteries
2020. Yaprak Subasi (et al.). Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 24 (5), 1085-1093

Artikel Temporal Evolution of Superlattice Contraction and Defect-Induced Strain Anisotropy in Mesocrystals during Nanocube Self-Assembly
2020. Martin Kapuscinski (et al.). ACS Nano 14 (5), 5337-5347

Artikel Ternary Polar Intermetallics within the Pt/Sn/R Systems (R = La-Sm)
2020. Melissa L. Rhodehouse (et al.). Inorganic Chemistry 59 (10), 7352-7359

Artikel Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Tb3+ -> Eu3+ Energy Transfer Mechanisms in Cubic A(3)Tb(0.90)Eu(0.10)(PO4)(3 )(A = Sr, Ba) Materials
2020. Albano N. Carneiro Neto (et al.). The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 124 (18), 10105-10116

Artikel "Two Birds with One Stone" Ruthenium(II) Complex Probe for Biothiols Discrimination and Detection In Vitro and In Vivo
2020. Chaolong Liu (et al.). Advanced science 7 (14)

Artikel Upcycling of Spent NiMH Battery Material-Reconditioned Battery Alloys Show Faster Activation and Reaction Kinetics than Pristine Alloys
2020. Yang Shen (et al.). Molecules 25 (10)

Artikel Zinc hydroxide nitrate nanosheets conversion into hierarchical zeolitic imidazolate frameworks nanocomposite and their application for CO2 sorption
2020. Hani Nasser Abdelhamid. Materials Today Chemistry 15