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Research interests of research group Nissinen

The research interests of the group are based on the strong background of prof. Nissinen in the field of supramolecular and solid state structural chemistry. The key expertise areas of group Nissinen are synthesis and structural characterization of novel supramolecular hosts, weak interactions and self-assembled nanostructures, and basic solid state structural chemistry (polymorphism, solid state assemblies). The target systems have been resorcinarene-based hosts and oligoamide foldamers. We have also had projects in the fields of synthesis, modification and characterization of metallic nanoparticles and oxidised graphene, spectroscopic properties of supramolecular compounds and computational studies of supramolecules in close collaboration with other research groups of NSC. We have had industrial collaboration in the field of polymorphism and co-crystallization of agrochemicals, applications of X-ray tomography in visualisation of wood fibre and characterisation of emulgation substances. The group is located at NSC, where it hosts and maintains the synthesis, X-ray and spectroscopic laboratories of NSC.

The main research themes over last few years include
-  The  studies of the family of resorcinarene and crown ether based hosts: enhanced fluorescence properties; solid-lipid nanoparticles of resorcinarene and calixarene-type hosts, halogen bonding assemblies and explaining solution behaviour of halogen bonding systems by NMR.
Structural chemistry of self-folding oligoamides and their potential as biological mimics.
- Metal nanoparticles.

Keywords: Supramolecular chemistry, X-ray crystallography, structural chemistry, resorcinarenes, calixarenes, solid-lipid nanoparticles, host-guest chemistry, foldamers, polymorphs, co-crystals, weak interactions, metallic nanoparticles

Join the group!

At the moment we do not have any open vacancies. For post docs there are funding possibilities such as Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowships, Academy post doctoral fund and various foundations. If you are interested in applying we are willing to help.

Students: M.Sc. and B.Sc. projects available, please contact Maija!

Contact: Prof. Maija Nissinen
Department of Chemistry, Nanoscience Center
P.O. Box 35
40014 University of Jyvaskyla
Office: YN233 (Nanoscience Center)
Tel. +358 50 4280804


    Riia has received a travel grant to Zürich Crystallography School from Gust. Komppa scholarship from Kordelin Foundation.

    Congratulations to Kaisa! Kaisa Helttunen received a highly competitive Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship to the group of Prof. Ballester, ISIQ Tarragona. She will move to Spain in 2018.

    Congratulations to Aku! Aku has a new job at CABB Chemicals, Kokkola.

    Recent publications:

    A. Suhonen, M. Kortelainen, E. Nauha, S. Yli-Niemelä-Sipari, P. M. Pihko and M. Nissinen, Conformational Properties and Folding Analysis of a Series of Oligoamide Foldamers, CrystEngComm, 2016, 19, 2005-2013 DOI: 10.1039/C5CE02458G.

    K. Helttunen and M. Nissinen, Inverted Molecular Cups: (Ag(I) coordination polymers from resorcinarene bis-thiacrowns, CrystEngComm, 2016, 18, 4944-4951 DOI: 10.1039/C6CE00243A (invited article for a special issue Form and function of molecular cups and capsules).