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MTA-SZTE “Momentum” Biocolloids Research Group The Biocolloids Research Group was established in 2018 with the financial support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences through the “Lendület” program and it is hosted at our department. The team is led by István Szilágyi, who moved his research group from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Their research focuses on physical chemistry of colloid systems of bio or environmental relevance. The members are involved in teaching physical, general and organic chemistry for BSc and MSc students. Photoelectrochemistry Research Group Our research group is active in the electrochemical and photoelectrochemical applications of nanostructured electrodes. Organic, inorganic, and hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductors are in the focus of interest (see also the activity of the former Electrochemistry Research Group). More recently, we are also active in using various nanocarbons as high surface area electrodes. We develop sophisticated synthetic methods to systematically tailor the composition and morphology of these electrodes towards the targeted applications. From the application perspective, we concentrate on energy oriented application schemes, such as water splitting and CO2 conversion. Nonlinear Dynamics and Kinetics Group Experimental and theoretical studies of pattern formation in reaction-diffusion and convective systems. Cellular acidity fronts Lateral instability induced by a constant electric field Unidirectional wave propagation in the light-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabothinsky reaction under asymmetric illumination Path finding by an amoeboid organism The effect of the autocatalyst decay on the lateral instability Convective instability in the acid-catalyzed reaction of the chlorite-tetrathionate reaction Isothermal flameballs MTA-SZTE Lendület “Momentum” Noble Metal Nanostructures Research Group  The MTA-SZTE Noble Metal Nanostructures (NMN) Research Group was established on November of 2021, at the Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science of the Faculty of Science and Informatics of the University of Szeged . The members of the group, (previously called the Nanohybrid Structures Research Group) successfully preform modern and effective basic and applied research under the leadership of Edit Csapó, assistant professor, in accordance with the interdisciplinary motivated research profile. In recent years, the foundation of the research has been determined by the size-controlled synthesis, characterization, and investigation of sensory applications of noble metal nanoparticles and nanoclusters functionalized with biomolecules. In addition, the members of the group are constantly conducting application-oriented research into the development and investigation of ultra-thin hybrid films, the study of nanostructures and self-assembling (associative) colloids in anisometric particles, and the development of polymer- and protein-based colloidal drug carriers. The results of the research group are constantly published in internationally acclaimed, prestigious journals in the field of science, which have been referred to almost a thousand times by national and international colleagues in the last five years. MTA-SZTE "Momentum" Computational Reaction Dynamics Research Group Our research group was established in 2015 and received the support of the Momentum (Lendület) Program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2019. We focus on the computer simulation of chemical reactions. We seek deeper insight into the dynamics and mechanisms of chemical reactions by applying the laws of physics to the chemical problem utilizing the tools of mathematics and informatics. We can follow the chemical reactions step-by-step, thereby we may discover novel reaction mechanisms and we can improve our predictive knowledge on mode- and bond-selective chemical reactivity, which can allow controlling the outcome of a chemical reaction, which has always been the dream of chemists.We are interested in the reactions of few-atom systems, such as methane/ethane plus F, O, Cl, and Br, and the X-+ CH3Y / CH3CH2Y [X, Y = F, Cl, Br, I, OH, etc.], bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2) reactions, and reactions of small biosystems. We have active collaborations with world-leading experimental research groups from Taiwan to the USA.
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