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Analytical, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

The division of analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry includes world recognised expertise in fundamental and applied chemistry.

Research highlights include

  • development of new analytical approaches for single cell, and sub-cellular electrochemical studies
  • pioneering approaches for imaging mass spectrometry in cancer and neurodegenerative disease
  • methods for quantum dynamics of chemical reactions
  • computational modelling of atomic and molecular interactions ranging from pharmaceuticals to interstellar particles
  • methods to characterise and control macromolecular and nano-chemistry with application to cellular reprogramming
  • the chemistry of nanoparticles and their interactions as well as their effect on the environment
  • grouted silicas, cements and corrosion
  • electrocatalysis and electrochemical reaction mechanisms.

Collaborative work includes pharmaceutical and chemical process industries, instrumentation industries, biological and clinical researchers in the areas of neurodegenerative disease, cancer, and diabetes, physics and chemistry researchers with a focus on materials and theory.

The groups in the division have strong interdisciplinary, collaborative links both locally and internationally, within academia and with pharmaceutical and chemical process industry. We have highly advanced analytical equipment, such as the only NanoSIMS in Scandinavia, a STED super resolution optical microscope, and the only Ionoptika J105 SIMS instrument in Sweden as well as good access to computational facilities. More information: Go:IMS (link opens in new window).

Many publications are in high impact journals, including Nature Reviews Chemistry, Angewandte Chemie, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the American Chemical Society, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Physics.

The division is highly international in composition and has been awarded several prestigious research grants and awards. Members of the division have given approximately 20 plenary and keynote lectures in the last five years and sit on the boards of approximately 10 journals, with one ACS editor.

Research groups within the division of Analytical, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Zareen AbbasZareen Abbas

Synthesis of nanoparticles, determination of surface charge and potential to create an environmental friendly grout, durable cementitious material, new sensors, functional materials for odor control and to evaluate their toxicity.

Elisabet AhlbergElisabet Ahlberg

Electrocatalysis and electrochemical reaction mechanisms for the development of efficient fuel cells and batteries. Experimental and theoretical studies combined for basic understanding of industrial processes.

Johan BergenholtzJohan Bergenholtz

Experimental and theoretical studies of colloidal interactions and their effect on phase behavior, structure, and dynamics, including protein interactions, dynamics of cluster fluids, colloidal mobilization and stability.

Andrew EwingAndrew Ewing

Small-volume and novel approaches to electrochemically image single cells, electrochemical strategies to measure exocytotic release and the contents of nanometer vesicles in cells, chemical imaging in neurochemistry.

John Fletcher

Development and application of new technology and methodology for chemical imaging of single cells and tissue using mass spectrometry to understand biological processes including disease progression.

Gunnar NymanGunnar Nyman

Modelling of interstellar ices and radiative association, theoretical treatment of a new type of spontelectric material, development of quantum dynamical methods for treating chemical reactions and spectroscopy.

Research for sustainable development

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals.Our research in Analytical, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry contributes to sustainable development in many different ways. Amongst others, we work with:

Health - Brain
Developed a new theory of release during exocytosis for neural communication with possible relevance to learning, memory, and neurodegeneration.

Health care
New breast and skin cancer imaging diagnostics with chemical imaging.

Human resources
New mechanisms for water filtration in cases where access to pure water is limited.

New environmentally friendly grouting material based on silica nanoparticlesfor large-scale projects.

Understanding the degradation of cement used for nuclear waste storage.

Energy efficiency
Energy efficiency of industrial processes through basic studies of electrolytes and reaction mechanisms.

Energy storage
Studies of new water-soluble organic molecules for water-based flow batteries.

Read more about Research and Sustainable Development

The Department's Principal Investigators

The Department's scientific publications

Page Manager: Katleen Burm|Last update: 11/27/2019

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