Prof. Ágúst Kvaran
Spectroscopic studies to determine molecular -structures, -energetics and -conformations. Experimental studies such as LASER -excitations, -dissociations and -ionizations, coupled with mass spectra analysis. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) studies. Data interpretations based on quantum mechanical models.
Prof. Hannes Jónsson
Development of methods for predicting the mechanism and rate of transitions using computer simulations based on basic laws of physics. Applications to catalysis at the surfaces of solids, crystal growth and solid state storage of hydrogen.
Assoc. prof. Oddur Ingólfsson
Measurements of ionization processes, manipulation of ionized molecules and clusters in vacuum, design and construction of experimental equipment. Basic research of the ionization processes that underlie mass spectrometry of large molecules, especially the MALDI-TOF technique which has revolutionized research on large biological molecules.
Prof. Guðmundur G. Haraldsson
Use of lipase in organic synthesis. Chemoenzymatic synthesis of structured acylglycerol type lipids (triacylglycerols, ether lipids and phospholipids) constituting long-chain omega-3 type polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA and DHA) at defined positions of the glycerol backbone with special emphasis on enantiomerically pure compounds. Use of lipase for kinetic resolution of enantiomers and fatty acids. Concentrates of omega-3 PUFA (TAG, EL, PL).
Prof. Jón K.F. Geirsson
Search for new chemicals that can be used as drugs for cancer, tuberculosis and fungus. Also, search for new enzyme inhibitors. Synthesis of new chemicals and studies of their structure and activity, using in particular NMR and computer simulations.
Prof. Snorri Þór Sigurðsson
Chemistry of nucleic acids and investigation of nucleic acid structure, dynamics and function. Site-specific incorporation of labels, for example nitroxides and fluorophores, into DNA and/or RNA using the methods of organic synthesis. The labels are useful for spectroscopic investigation of nucleic acids and their complexes with other molecules, such as proteins.
Prof. Ingvar Árnason
Synthesis of silicon-containing six-membered ring compounds. Experimental methods and theoretical calculations are used to study their structure, conformational behaviour and substituent effects. In a second project, new cage-like complexes of titanium are prepared, their structure and reactivity are investigated.
Assoc. prof. Sigurjón N. Ólafsson
Organometallic chemistry. Synthesis of new complexes involving main group elements such as Ge, Sn, Pb and Hg as well as the transition metals Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu and Ag. The ligands studied include sulfur and phosphorous rich groups, in addition to alkyl and aryl groups.
Dr. Sigríður Jónsdóttir
Measurements of NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectra to determine, for example, the structure of molecules and to extract information of molecular dynamics in solution. Management of the NMR facility.