Stockholm University

Stockholm University (SU) is one of Europe’s leading centres for higher education and research. Stockholm University contributes to the development of society and to an individual’s progress of knowledge through education and research. The university acts, in cooperation with others, on the international frontline in the areas of human science and science. Stockholm University has 29,400 students, 1,300 doctoral students, and 5,500 staff members, and a total revenue of SEK 6.1 billion.

The Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK) is, with about 150 employees, one of the largest departments at the Faculty of Natural sciences at Stockholm University. A significant part of the teaching activities is at the undergraduate level with courses in General, Physical, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry. The teaching at the graduate level focuses on the master programs in Sustainable Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. Research activities of MMK focus primarily on materials, and include different classes such as ceramics, glasses, self-assembled, porous materials, and soft matter. The projects often encompass synthesis, and characterization by X-ray, neutron diffraction, electron microscopy, solid-state NMR, and computer modelling of materials with a potential for various applications. Research activities in the area of Analytical Chemistry focus on developing advanced analytical techniques for studies of organic compounds and biomolecules.


Jiayin YUAN (Principal Investigator)

Prof. Jiayin Yuan studied Chemistry at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1998-2002. He moved to Germany and completed his master’s degree in 2004 and PhD degree in 2009. Next he joined the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany and led a research group before he was appointed as Associate Professor at Clarkson University, USA in 2017. In 2018 he landed in Stockholm University as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and since 2019 he has been a full professor in Materials Chemistry with research expertise in functional polymers and carbon materials, covering basic research and applications in sustainable development. Since 2021 he has served as the Director of the Stockholm Material Hub. He received the ERC Starting Grant in 2014 and Consolidator Grant in 2022.


Prof. Aji Matthew holds a PhD in Polymer chemistry (2001) from Mahatma Gandhi University, India on the topic of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks based on Natural Rubber and Polystyrene. After PhD she carried out postdoctoral research at CERMAV (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway) working on the processing and characterisation of nanocellulose and its nanocomposites. She started her academic career as Assistant Professor, in 2007 at Luleå University of Science and Technology (Luleå, Sweden) and was appointed Associate Professor in 2011 with focus on biobased nanocomposites. She took up the position as Associate Professor at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (Stockholm University, Sweden) in 2015 and was promoted to full professor in February 2017 with focus on Biobased functional materials. Her current research have a strong focus on designing materials in nanoscale for a sustainable society.

Institutionen för material- och miljökemi, Stockholms universitet
Svante Arrhenius väg 16C, 114 18 Stockholm, Sweden