Research at the Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry has four focus areas in research. The areas are based on the expertise of current research groups, modern research infrastructure and facilities, as well as future directions of research. The focus areas have strong intradepartmental collaboration and inter- and multidisciplinary collaboration with other departments of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science especially in the fields of Nanoscience and bioresource research.

Computational chemistry and spectroscopy

Computational chemistry and spectroscopy aims to unravel the molecular level processes, such as light-matter interactions, chemical reactions, catalysis and biomolecular dynamics, using optical spectroscopy and computational chemistry in its all forms. Experimental studies are combined with computational and theoretical investigations to predict and verify experimental findings.  The research is an important part of the inter- and multidisciplinary activities of Nanoscience Center. Our spectroscopy facilities are part of LaserLab Europe - The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures and we have established a partnership with the CaSTL center (Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit, a US NSF center for Chemical Innovation).

Structural and synthetic chemistry

Structural and synthetic chemistry research covers the synthetis of inorganic, organic and organometallic compounds, the analysis of their properties and their applications in supramolecular chemistry, nanoscience and material science. The focal areas of research comprise topics such as total synthesis of natural products and potential medicinal compounds, catalysis, weak interactions, self-assembly of supramolecular assemblies and extended molecular systems, molecule-based magnetism and main group compounds as transition metal mimics. The research is strongly connected with the inter- and multidisciplinary activities of Nanoscience Center.

Renewable natural resources and chemistry of living environment

The research area comprises an important portion of the applied research at the Department of Chemistry. Societally important areas, such as forest, pulp and paper, and mining industries combined with aspects of biorefining, environmental chemistry, recycling, and renewable energy are in the core of research activities. The research projects aim to utilize renewable biomass resources by means of green technology and develop the processes and chemical analyses in collaboration with the industrial partners. Accurate determination and recovery of valuable elements in various sample matrices (e.g. fly ash, waste water, electronic waste, biological, and environmental samples) using state-of-the-art analytical instruments is an important and rapidly growing research area to improve circular economy and urban mining in Finland.

Chemistry education

The area of strength reflects the long tradition of University of Jyväskylä to pursue for high-level chemistry education and teacher training. Research-based chemistry education and teacher training are the cornerstones for developing our chemistry education as well as promoting the knowledge and skills of future chemistry educators on all levels of education.