About the School of Chemical Science and Engineering
The School of Chemical Science and Engineering consists of three departments: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Fibre and Polymer Technology. Taken together, the research areas covered by the School encompass both fundamental and applied sciences, and the disciplines constantly develop due to improvements in computational methods, experimental techniques, and increasing demands from the public for novel, better and more environmentally friendly products and processes. It is a fair conclusion to state that chemical progress has improved every aspect of our modern society, development of novel medicinal drugs and drug delivery systems, improved food processing and packaging, novel energy harvesting and storage systems, improved materials, household and personal care products, just to mention a few examples.
The interdisciplinary nature of our research disciplines is reflected in the teaching and research at the School. Our students are offered challenging and rewarding educational programs that make them well equipped for tackling the complex issues that our society faces today. The teaching programs include both fundamental and applied aspects of chemistry that are necessary for understanding chemical reactions and molecular properties, and this knowledge is used to explain and exploit chemical processes relevant for us as a society. We feel that students educated at the School are well prepared for using their knowledge for improving the quality of our lives.
The research at the School is extensive and covers a wide range of important problems. We find both curiosity-related topics and research targeted towards specific tasks, such as development of improved solar cells, development of environmentally friendly and efficient energy processes, design and preparation of novel polymers for medical applications, and much more. Most of the personnel at the department are engaged in both research and teaching, and we aim at introducing some of the novel research findings in the courses offered to advanced undergraduate students. Many of the research projects within the fields of material and polymer sciences, environmental sciences, energy, ecology and pharmaceuticals are of interdisciplinary nature, and also harmonize well with the visions stated in KTH´s developing plan “Today and Tomorrow 2004”