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Welcome to aCe

Mission - Our research centers on the design of heterogeneous catalysts and reactor concepts devoted to sustainable technologies. The latter secures the efficient utilization of natural resources, the transition to renewables, reduced energy consumption and waste, and minimized environmental impact.

Approach - The discovery and implementation of catalysts in industry requires the fundamental understanding of chemical and physical phenomena at length and time scales ranging over 10 orders of magnitude (play movie below). We strive for the establishment of structure-function relationships at different scales combining precision materials synthesis with advanced characterization and catalytic evaluation under relevant process conditions.

Applications - We study challenging reactions of technological relevance with direct impact on society, including natural gas functionalization, carbon dioxide valorization, biomass to chemicals and fuels, and the manufacture of specialty chemicals.

Interested in working at aCe?
Send your letter of motivation and CV to Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez


New ligand-modified catalyst for direct hydrogen peroxide synthesis is published in Angewandte Chemie

Successful PhD defense by Tobias Keller October 26, 2016

New catalyst for natural-gas upgrading via oxybromination chemistry is published in Nature Chemistry and highlighted by ETH News

Successful PhD defense by Oliver Martin May 5, 2016

Our new catalyst for methanol synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation is published in Angewandte Chemie and highlighted in C&EN

Chemistry World highlights our emoticons recently  featured as cover art in Green Chemistry 

Read this article in ETH Globe to learn how our research fuels sustainable chemistry

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