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.


New solutions for cutting CO2 emissions

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

Xiaodong Zou

Solves major problems in life’s small building blocks

Xiaodong Zou is a real problem solver – she develops methods for exploring the world at the atomic level. However becoming a Professor at Stockholm University was not something she could have ever imagined as she grew up in China and saw her future destined to be a farmer.


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.


Large research grant for developing green chemistry

The Swedish financier Mistra and industry partners are collectively investing SEK 100 million in the four-year research program SAFECHEM, which aims to create a sustainable chemicals industry and reduce exposure to hazardous substances. Of all the applicants involved, Stockholm University has been awarded the largest sum, approximately SEK 30 million.

Recent Publications

Artikel Effects of Metal Ions, Metal, and Metal Oxide Particles on the Synthesis of Hydrochars
2020. Vahid Saadattalab (et al.). Acs Omega 5 (11), 5601-5607

Artikel Elucidating the guest disorder in structure II argon hydrate - A neutron diffraction isotopic substitution study

2020. Paulo H. B. Brant Carvalho (et al.). Journal of Solid State Chemistry 285
Artikel Improved Performance of CSD-Grown Y1-xGdxBa2Cu3O7-BaHfO3 Nanocomposite Films on Ni5W Substrates

2020. Pablo Cayado (et al.). IEEE transactions on applied superconductivity (Print) 30 (4)
Artikel In situ catalyst reactivation for enhancing alcohol electro-oxidation and coupled hydrogen generation

2020. Daniel Martin-Yerga (et al.). Chemical Communications 56 (28), 4011-4014
Artikel Materials for hydrogen-based energy storage - past, recent progress and future outlook
2020. Michael Hirscher (et al.). Journal of Alloys and Compounds 827

Artikel Metallic alloys at the edge of complexity
2020. Alexander Ovchinnikov, Volodymyr Smetana, Anja-Verena Mudring. Journal of Physics 32 (24)

Artikel Paramagnetic iron-containing ionic liquid crystals
2020. Xinjiao Wang (et al.). Journal of Molecular Liquids 304

Artikel Soil pollution at a major West African E-waste recycling site
2020. Claudia Möckel (et al.). Environment International 137

Artikel Water-based Synthesis and Properties of a Scandium 1,4-Naphthalenedicarboxylate
2020. Pia Rönfeldt (et al.). Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeines Chemie 646