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Department of Molecular Sciences

We conduct research and education in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, food science and microbiology with focus on fundamental aspects as well as sustainable development and applications in the Green sector.


  • 20 May 2024

    Food&Cities seed funding 2024

    Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities Two projects conducting cross-disciplinary research activities have been granted funding as part of the Food&Cities seed funding call in 2024. The projects each explore different aspects of the systemic relations between food systems and sustainable urban development. The projects demonstrate the complex interactions between SDG 11 and other SDGs and illustrate SLU's capacity to produce research across disciplines in order to address current and future sustainability challenges.
  • 17 April 2024

    What are the secrets behind legume-based mixed gel texture?

    Unsustainable food production and consumption are common threats contributing to climate change and global environmental degradation. Transitioning towards a more plant-based diet can mitigate these threats. To achieve this, healthy and tasty plant-based foods need to be readily available. Taking action now can secure our future!
  • 14 April 2024

    Consumers want tasty food! Or is it something else behind their food choice?

    Consumers want to live a healthier and more sustainable life, and eat a healthy diet. Both academy and industry are working hard to satisfy these demands. But measuring only nutritional composition and calculating the environmental impacts are insufficient. Food must also be attractive and tasty.
  • 02 April 2024

    SLU's focus on food science

    A man and a woman on a field with a drone. Photo. A significant portion of SLU's research revolves around putting food on the table. It is an ever-relevant issue in society during a time of changing climates and a need for increased food resilience. How does SLU invest in food research, what will we be eating in the future, and how can we reduce our climate impact?
  • 26 March 2024

    Global collaboration for animal welfare: Professionals from Ukraine enrich their skills and knowledge at SLU

    Since the start of 2023, SLU has been one of the EU partners in a project called SuLAWe, led by Nürtingen-Geislingen University (HGU) in Germany. The project, which focuses on Sustainable Livestock Production and Animal Welfare, aims to help four Ukrainian agricultural universities improve their animal science education. From SLU, the responsible units are the Department of Molecular Sciences, the Swedish Centre for Animal Welfare (SCAW), the Division of Educational Affairs and the Educational Development Unit (EPU).

About us

We investigate the molecular aspects of biologically relevant processes in nature and industry.

The Department actively collaborate with industrial partners. This has resulted in several patents and innovations. We also have two External Collaboration Specialists at the Department, specialising in Bioenergy and Food Quality. Read more about our collaboration with society here.

In total, ca 110 employees, including researchers, PhD students and technical and administrative staff work at the Department. 


We often collaborate with industrial partners and have two External Collaboration Specialists at the Department, specialising in Bioenergy and Food Quality.

Lennart Kenne's memorial fund

The Fund distributes two travel grants annually to PhD students or postdocs working on projects within natural product chemistry, mainly focused on structure determination.

Internal information

For employees at the Department. Find information about computers, lab safety and framework agreements here.

Published: 13 October 2023 - Page editor: adrian.dauphinee@slu.se