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Open Postdoc position

Open Postdoc position!

Do you want to  develop homogeneous metal-based catalysts for conversion of CO2 into useful  and industrially relevant products?

We have an open Postdoc position in computational catalysis  (2 years, with possibility for extension to 3 years).

Apply now on jobbnorge!



Leading a new Nordic University Consortium on CO2 conversion

Leading a new Nordic University Consortium on CO2 conversion

The CHOCO group will be leading a Nordic consortium on CO2 conversion! We have together with our partners from all nordic countries received funding from the NordForsk call on “New University Hubs”. The CHOCO project leader Kathrin Hopmann is the leader of the new consortium that will be funded for 3 years with a possible extension of 3 more years.

The picture below is Kathrin being praised by the university rector Anne Husebekk and dean of Science and Technology Morten Hald directly after the news broke. The University of Tromsø is proud of leading a Nordic University Hub filled with world class scientists.

All five Nordic countries are participating in the consortium with nodes in 9 different universities.

More about the consortium on the homepage of NordForsk.

Read an article in Nordlys, the largest regional newspaper in Northern Norway


UiT – The Arctic University of Norway – Kathrin H. Hopmann and Annette Bayer

University of Oslo – Ainara Nova

University of Bergen – Knut Børve


Uppsala University – Sascha Ott and Leif Hammarström

Royal Institute of Technology – Mårten Ahlquist

Stockholm University – Belén Martín-Matute


Aarhus University – Troels Skrydstrup and Kim Daasbjerg


University of Iceland – Egill Skúlason


Helsinki University – Timo Repo

Behind from the left: Kim Daasbjerg (Aarhus), Timo Repo (Helsinki), Troels Skrydstrup (Aarhus), Mårten Ahlquist (KTH), Leif Hammarström (Uppsala). Front (from left): Egill Skúlason (Iceland), Yngve Guttormsen (Tromsø), Kathrin Hopmann (Tromsø), Belén Martín-Matute (Stockholm), Annette Bayer (Tromsø)


CHOCO research meetings have started


CHOCO research meetings have started

Today our series of bi-weekly research meetings started after the vacations. This gathers the whole group to discuss chemistry and to integrate the theoretical and organic chemistry research. We will convene every second wednesday this semester.

Today Ljiljana Pavlovic gave a talk on her work on the mechanism of Rhodium catalysis, which spurred many ideas on what we can use this for in the organic chemistry domain, especially from our eminent post doc Janakiram Vaitla.​


New Publication by the CHOCO group!

New Publication by the CHOCO group!

Our new article has just got accepted. We have employed high-level quantum chemical calculations to evaluate various mechanistic possibilities for iron catalysts  for the hydrogenation of aldehydes and ketones. It was recently accepted by ACS Catalysis. Congratulations to Glenn and Kathrin!

The article will be available as open access.










Open PhD position

New PhD position announced


Currently there is one open PhD position in the CHOCO group. This is part of a large collaborative project and involves the computational modeling of enzymes and their reaction mechanisms.

The position is part of the MARVAL project: From unexploited marine biomass to high value products (

Applications are sent through the jobbnorge website: