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Research at the Faculty of Science

Research at the Faculty of Science is outstanding in many areas. It covers a wide range of fields - from elementary particles in the atomic nucleus, to the outer limits of the universe - from the amazing microcosm of the cell, to the complex ecosystems in the oceans.

The XENON1T detector, one of the largest dark matter observatories

The dark side of the Sun - Solar reflection of dark matter

When we look up to the night sky, we see a lot of bright objects. Stars, gas clouds, galaxies, or supernovae radiate light that our telescopes can catch. However, we know that the vast majority of matter in space does not send out light at all. We call it 'dark matter' due to its elusive nature. Indeed, dark matter seems to be completely invisible. 

Wei-Li Hong

Big grant to a Baltic Sea Fellow

One of our Baltic Sea Fellows, Wei-Li Hong from the Department of Geological Sciences, today got a prestigious award from the Swedish Foundations’ Starting Grant. We are very proud, says Christoph Humborg, scientific leader at the Baltic Sea Centre and coordinator of the Baltic Fellows interdisciplinary network of young Baltic Sea researchers.

Water oxidation and clean energy carriers, one step closer

Stockholm university chemists have been part of a large multinational consortium developing a new hybrid material that can use the process of catalysis to speed up the oxygen evolution reaction.

Eva i sitt laboratorium

Molecular conversations between cells could explain why allergies develop

There are strong links between disordered gut flora and the development of allergies. But why? Eva Sverremark-Ekström is mapping the communication between bacteria in the gut and immune cells. For example, her research shows that the bacteria appear to send critical messages to the immune system, using nano-sized sacs filled with molecules.


Revolutionary diabetes treatments will now be tested in clinical trials

The type 2 diabetes’ epidemic is worsening. Tore Bengtsson, from Stockholm University, is working on three innovative treatments, of which two will now be tested in clinical trials.

Eva Hedlund vid mikroskop

Basic research for the benefit of ALS patients

By understanding why certain nerve cells and the muscles they control are resistant to fading in the deadly disease ALS, it is possible to create new possibilities for treatments. Researchers at Stockholm University are now trying to identify and transfer the properties of these resistant nerve cells.

Matthias Geilhufe, forskare vid Nordita.

Novel quantum phase opens up for sustainable technology

A novel quantum phase and a new quasiparticle has been discovered by a researcher at Stockholm University. The results can be useful in developing quantum technology based on sustainable materials.

Quantum physics, the brain and sustainable materials focus for new Wallenberg Academy Fellows

What is needed to bridge the gap between quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of gravity? How do experiences in the transition from childhood to adulthood affect the risk of anxiety? How can methods be developed to sustainably recycle lignin?

Press release: Gunnar von Heijne awarded the Celcius medal by the Swedish Society of Science

At the Royal Swedish Society of Science's anniversary on the 30th of October at Uppsala Castle, the Celsius medal in gold was awarded to Professor Gunnar von Heijne, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Stockholm University.


Coronene molecules contribute to complex chemistry in space

Carbon forms the basis of all organic chemistry and thus the building blocks of life. There is increasing evidence that amino acids and other complex organic molecules can be formed in space and spread to planets through, e.g., comet impacts. Large carbon-based molecule such as coronene could play an important role in how such organic molecules are produced in astronomical environments. Michael Gatchell has been interested in understanding the universe for as long as he can remember. Here he tells us about his research at Atomic Physics division of Fysikum and new results can change how we imagine molecules such as coronene contribute to chemistry in space.

New formula provides key to predicting microbial growth

Just like cars need fuel to run, microorganisms need energy to live. Combining thermodynamics with life sciences helps predicting the growth of microorganism. This discovery, recently published in the scientific magazine PNAS, may contribute to mitigating global warming.

Äpplen på lab.

Microbiome Enables New Strategies for Healthy and Climate-Resilient Crops

A new study shows that apple trees inherit their microbiome to the same extent as their genes. The results lay the foundation for new breeding strategies for healthy and climate-robust fruit and vegetables.


Marine microbes more effective in reducing methane than expected

A new study from Svalbard gas hydrate mounds shows that microbes are unexpectedly effective in consuming methane from marine sediments before the gas leaks into the ocean causing undesirable consequences for the environment.

Study finds airborne microplastics can impact climate change

Airborne microplastics may have a minor cooling effect on the climate by reflecting solar radiation, according to a modelling study of the direct global climate effects of airborne microplastics, published in Nature. However, as plastic continues to accumulate in the Earth’s environment, a stronger climate effect could be exerted in the future.

Sergey Koroidov, Researcher, The Department of Physics

Utilizing X-rays to understand catalysis

The conversion of carbon dioxide back into fuels via electrochemistry is a very attractive alternative. - In my studies, I am developing the essential understanding of these reactions by following time-resolved transformation at the atomic and molecular level, says Sergey Koroidov.

Joseph Samec Photo: Niklas Björling

Study opens for extended use of lignin in sustainable chemistry

Researchers at Stockholm University have found a new cheap and environmentally-friendly oxidant that is highly efficient in cleaving bonds in lignin at low temperatures. Extended use of lignin has the potential to replace many chemicals that we today get from fossil sources.

Johan Ankarklev in the lab.

New Genomics Tool enables increased understanding of the liver

Researchers at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, the Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, have applied Spatial Transcriptomics, ST to study the spatial organization of the liver.

Forests protect animals and plants against warming

The impacts of climate warming are buffered inside forests due to the thermal insulation of forest canopies.

Almost 600 plants have already gone extinct

Almost 600 plants have been wiped out from the planet in the last 250 year shows a new study. This is twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians combined.

Schematic of warm hole drivers, from Keil et al., 2020

New insights into causes of the North Atlantic warming hole

A new study by scientists from Stockholm University and the Max Planck Institute shows multiple causes of the warming hole in the northern North Atlantic.

Långörad fladdermus. Foto: Sirpa Ukura/Mostphotos

Researchers need help with bat observations

Have you seen a bat? Then let the researchers in the BatMapper project know about it! The purpose of the project is to find out how bats are affected by climate change.

A south Atlantic secret - expedition to Ilha da Trindade

Linda Eggertsen is probably the first swede on the Brazilian island Ilha da Trindade, where she examines the fish and the benthic community.

Migratory birds, insects and plants adapt differently to climate change

A warmer climate has caused plants flowering and migratory birds arriving earlier in the year than before. Now a global study also shows that changes in the life cycles between plants and animals that depend on each other is also moving faster.