Chemical Synthesis and Analysis is a multidisciplinary research program of the Department of Chemistry, which centers on the development of modern synthetic methods and analytical techniques for a broad spectrum of important topics including fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, novel materials, lignocellulose biomass, and environmental and bioanalytical sciences. Besides research projects carried out by the program alone, there is considerable co-operation with industry and external research institutes. In all our research projects, green chemistry approaches and sustainability are taken into consideration.
In the field of synthetic chemistry our main focus is on inorganic and organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, as well as biocatalysis, metal catalysis and metal-free catalysis. The specific research areas include carbohydrate synthesis, catalytic activation of small molecules, biorefinery applications involving lignocellulosic biomass processing and analytics, and the chemistry of nucleic acid constituents. Computational chemistry assisted synthesis and the design of novel catalysts, as well as high-level structural characterization of substrates by various spectroscopic techniques are essential parts of the research program.
In the field of analytical chemistry focus is on the development of novel instrumental techniques including the whole chain of chemical analysis (sampling, sample preparation, analysis). Special emphasis is on theoretical, methodological, and technical challenges. The utilization of new materials, miniaturization, and hyphenation of techniques play an important role in the studies. Problem solving by several techniques, such as electromigration techniques, chromatography, and mass spectrometry, is targeted at both environmental and bioanalytical chemistry (atmospheric analytical chemistry and new biochemical miniaturized instrumental systems).
The research in the Chemical Synthesis and Analysis program takes place at the Department of Chemistry in recently renovated, state-of-the-art laboratories with excellent infrastructure.