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Structure and teaching assignments

The Institute of Chemistry is an organization constituted of departments that are responsible for teaching the various subjects of chemistry at The Faculty of Science and Informatics of the University of Szeged. The institute is divided structurally into four departments, namely: Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Department of Organic Chemistry and Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science. Besides, the Central Glassware Laboratory belongs to the Institute of Chemistry, too.
The Institute of Chemistry is governed by the Institute Council. The members of the council are: the Head of the Institute, the heads of the four departments, the leaders of the Chemistry PhD Program and the Environmental Sciences PhD Program, the elected delegates of the four departments, the elected delegates of the (i) non-teaching members of the institute, (ii) PhD students of the institute, (iii) graduate chemistry students. The Committee of Education, the Committee of Strategy and Applications and the Committee of Economy and Budget operate cooperatively with the Institute Council. The Institute Council is responsible for all kinds of affairs concerning the teaching of chemistry, including the requirements of attaining BSc and MSc degrees.
The members (instructors) of the Institute of Chemistry share the majority of teaching assignments related to the BSc programs (Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Molecular Bionics) organized by the Institute of Chemistry, and they take part in teaching activities of other BSc programs (Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering), several MSc programs (Chemistry, Chemistry Teacher, Environmental Sciences). Besides, the Institute of Chemistry also delivers courses for pharmacy students. The nationally accredited Chemistry PhD Program is also organized by the Institute of Chemistry, nevertheless, students with a master degree may also apply to the Environmental Sciences PhD program that has a strong link to the Institute of Chemistry as well.

Research activities

Scientific research is organized at the aforementioned four departments within the frames of research groups and subgroups and covers a broad range of diverse, modern chemistry. The high level of scientific work at the Institute of Chemistry, resulted in a large number of publications in prestigious journals, is internationally recognized. It is also demonstrated by the significant number of collaborations that have evolved previously and put into shape year by year. Major areas of research at the Institute of Chemistry involve material science, surface chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, coordination chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, homogeneous reaction kinetics, structural chemistry, electrochemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry, chemistry of dispersion systems, synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, environmental chemistry. Deeper insight into the ongoing research projects can be found at the homepages of the four departments (see the links on the left).

Contact information:

Head of the Institute of Chemistry: Dr. KÓNYA, Zoltán (e-mail:, Tel.: +36 (62) 544-620
Secretary: PATAKINÉ SZIVERI, Ildikó (e-mail:, Tel.: +36 (62) 544-615)
Leader of the Committee of Education: Dr. PÁLINKÓ, István: (e-mail:, Tel.: +36 (62) 544-288
Webmaster: Dr. JANCSÓ, Attila (e-mail:, Tel.: +36 (62) 544-335)

History of chemistry in Szeged

The roots of training chemists in Szeged date back to 1872 when the Ferencz József University, the ancestor of the University of Szeged, was founded in Kolozsvár (presently in Rumania).  The role of chemistry was significant from the very beginning. For example, the first chemistry related journal in Hungary using Hungarian language appeared in Kolzsvár. The high scientific level was represented by widely recognized individualities. The most well-known of them is undoubtedly Albert Szent-Györgyi, who led the Institute of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1937.