The researchers form a multidiscipline group well equipped to investigate chemistry-based solutions to environmental challenges. The group is in disposal of modern facilities customized to their research and educational needs.
The academic community has roots back to 1975, when an engineering degree in technical environment protection was established at Rogaland District College (a precursor to the University of Stavanger). The three year degree was focused on water, and the first 18 students graduated in 1979. Since then, there has been a development through the College Centre of Rogaland, through the College of Stavanger to the University of Stavanger. The first master's degree within chemistry and environment was established in 1995, followed by Ph.D. rights in 2002.
Water is a central substance in the research activities, that include water treatment, biological decomposition by surfactants, organic synthesis in water and corrotion and inhibition of hydrate formation in oil and gas production.
The chemistry and environment group combines all the academic with the practical, and has an extended collaboration with everything from small local enterprises to big international oil and gas companies.