Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems (MoMoNano)

  Key Research Areas

Key Research Areas


Computational molecular science

Computational molecular science is a collective term that refers to the theoretical methods and computational techniques used to model the structure, dynamics and reactions of molecules, assembles of molecules, and materials in general. Computational molecular science has become a useful way to investigate materials that are too difficult to find or too expensive to purchase. It also helps the researchers to make predictions before running the actual experiments so that they can be better prepared for making observations. The simplest calculations can be performed by hand, but inevitably computers are required to perform molecular modeling system of any reasonably size. As an example, an experimental realization of the conditions in the atmosphere is not possible. This makes theoretical calculations an important element in understanding atmospherical processes in general, and the human effect in the climate change in particular. The use of theoretical and computational methods in solving biological questions has increased considerably during recent years. Among the problems investigated through computational tools are, say, protein folding and the coupled electron and proton transfer in Cytochrome c Oxidase.

What MoMoNano offers?

MoMoNano offers courses in many areas in computational molecular science. It provides a curriculum, which is up to date on all aspects of modern state-of-the-art computational chemistry and physics, including applications to molecular biology. It enables students to be able to fully utilize the advances made in applied mathematics and mathematical modeling, and gives the basic training and education in computational algorithms and methodology, and in their practical applications.

Relevance of research

In MoMoNano we will highlight and show the relevance of research in the course material. The aim is to secure retention of students to higher degrees (PhD) and research-based careers in computational physics/chemistry.

Connection with experiments

Computational methods in experimental natural sciences are relevant only in relation to experiments. Therefore the education will be linked to the strong experimental activities and collaboration of the departments.


MoMoNano is arranged together by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics. Three of the laboratories involved, namely Laboratory for Instruction in Swedish, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, and Division of Materials Physics belong to the Finnish Center of Excellence in Computational Molecular Science.

MoMoNano is one of five Master’s degree programmes operating in Nordic universities (the locations for the four other programmes are: University of Tromsø, Norway; Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Iceland, Reykjavik). Together, they form a Nordic consortium of Master's degree programmes in computational chemistry and physics (NOCCAP).