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About the Centre

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is hosted by the Department of chemistry and Department of physics, and is an interdisciplinary focus field for the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. SMN consists of four strategic research initiatives in inorganic chemistry and electronics.

Our research is outstanding both on a national and international scale, which attracts a high percentage of external funding and high quality PhDs and Post Docs.


Administrative staff at the centre

Team SMN consists of the administrators of the different research groups, our EU coordinator and the economics department.
Our main priority is to provide excellent research administration for our excellent international researchers through:

  • support in application processes for the EU and Research council of Norway,
  • professional project management,
  • providing conditions for better utilisation and effective operation of technical equipment,
  • creating opportunities for cooperation with industry and other partners.

Team SMN is led by the administrative leader Mari Alnes:

Administrative leader SMN: 
Mari Alnes

Project coordinator FERMiO: 
Sigrid Staurset

Project coordinator Catalysis:
Tonje Berg Steensen

Project coordinator LENS: 
Kristin Hubred Nygård

Project coordinator NAFUMA:
Karen Pettersson

EU coordinator:
Jørgen Kirksæther

Project controller: 
Ivana Vujic-Pavicevic


SMN is lead by Head of Centre Øystein Prytz. He is advised by the leader group consisting of the leaders of the different research groups:

The administrative Team SMN is lead by the administrative leader, Mari Alnes.


The Board consists of:

In effect the Head of Centre leads the meetings and the secretarial tasks have been delegated to the administrative leader, Mari Alnes.

Getting around

Centre for Material Science and Nano Technology is located in four different buildings in the Blindern and Gaustad areas.

Administration, Catalysis and NAFUMA

Department of Chemistry, Sem Sælands vei 26

Electrochemistry and Structure Physics

Forskningsparken, Gaustadalléen 21

LENS — Lab

MiNaLab, Gaustadalléen 23c

LENS — Offices

Kristen Nygaards hus, Gaustadalléen 23a


The SMN strategic plan for 2010-2016 sketches out four priority areas: sustainable energy utilization, development of research talents, innovation, and the administrative group Team SMN.

Sustainable energy utilisation

Massive research efforts on renewable energy and climate-friendly use of fossil fuels will eventually provide the necessary sustainable solutions. As a result, a great international knowledge-based industry will evolve. SMN wishes to have a central national role based on a strong and broad education platform. Based on this foundation, SMN will support interdisciplinary research and cultivate new major research projects in cooperation with research institutes, industrial partners and other universities.

Development of research talents

Approximately 120 people are currently associated with SMN. Only 13 of these are permanent academic staff. We thus have a major responsibility to contribute to the development and recruitment of a large and diverse group of young, talented master students, PhD students, postdocs and researchers. Research education is for this reason one of SMN's main focus areas for the upcoming strategy period.


Creativity is a central aspect of all research. SMN’s goal is that this creativity will be reflected in commercial applications of the research. Already today SMN constitutes one of the most innovative research environments at UiO. Three of the four UiO spin-off companies related to renewable energy, Protia AS, Baldur Coatings AS and NorEcs AS, have originated from SMN.

Team SMN

The work burden for researchers with success is today considerable. The competition is very hard, and much work is placed into a large number of applications that often involve many partners. When they are won, the projects are to be directed – and the task of supervising the PhD-students is substantial. In addition, there are reports and dissemination of results. This implies that the permanent academic staff is vulnerable. It is therefore, to a greater extent than previously, important to organize good administrative support. World class research requires administrative support of corresponding quality.

Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE)

The HSE's responsibility for SMN is assigned to the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics.

HSE at the Department of Chemistry

HSE at the Department of Physics (Norwegian)

Information about HSE at UiO

Contact information

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology
University of Oslo

Sem Sælands vei 26
0371 Oslo

P.O. Box 1126 Blindern
0318 Oslo

Phone: (+47) 22 85 73 80

Administrative leader Mari Alnes

Head of Centre Øystein Prytz