Short interview with Senior Lecturer Margareta Sandahl
Margareta Sandahl, Senior lecturer at the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis
What courses do you teach?
"I teach Analytical Chemistry (KEMB06 and KAKF05) at the Bachelor's level and Advanced Analytical Chemistry (KEMM76), Chromatographic Analysis (KASN05) and Project in Chemistry (KASN01) at the Master's level."
What is the best thing about your courses?
"The best thing is that students get acquainted with analytical methods and techniques that are used to identify and quantitate species that are present in complex samples. Our courses enable the students to get fundamental insights and practical skills in analytical methodology and prepare the students for a future profession in analytical chemistry. As an analytical chemist you can work in several fields, for instance with development of new pharmaceuticals, in medicinal research and with issues related to the environment."
What is your own research about?
"My research is about supercritical fluid chromatography, partly because I am interested in explaining the separation mechanisms behind the technique, but also to contribute to sustainable development. Research in our group – the Green Technology Group – is focused on using green solvents such as supercritical carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide expanded liquids. Usage of such solvents enable rapid and efficient separation processes with minor environmental impact."
What do you enjoy the most about chemistry?
"It is fun to contribute to establishing new knowledge and to teach undergraduate and graduate students."
What is your best tip for prospective students?
"Enthusiasm in combination with hard work leads to success. It is important to have fun at work."