News archive

June 2017

Prof. Ignacio E. Grossmann (Carnegie Mellon University) receives the ETH Chemical Engineering medal

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May 2017

Guido Zichittella and Giacomo Lari are awarded the SCNAT/SCS Chemistry Travel Grant and Davide Albani receives the EFCATS Student Travel Grant to deliver oral presentations at the 13th European Congress on Catalysis, Florence, Italy

A delegation from the Spanish Embassy in Switzerland led by Ambassador Dª Aurora Díaz-Rato Revuelta visits aCe

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First 2017 BBQ at aCe

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez wins the Sustainable Energy Award 2017 of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Miriam Ackermann joins the group as a PhD student

April 2017

aCe participates in the Day of Open Laboratories

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March 2017

Our patent 'Indium oxide catalyst for methanol synthesis' is among the top 20 inventions of ETH in 2016

February 2017

Tim Forster and Nicolas Aellen join the group as students

January 2017

Commencement of the EU project 'a-Leaf’. aCe joins 13 other teams across Europe aiming to build a photoelectrochemical device able to reproduce the complete process of photosynthesis to obtain clean fuels and raw materials using exclusively sunlight, water and CO2

December 2016

Farewell to Dr. Amol Amrute and Dr. Asier Zubiaga who leave the group

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

November 2016

Selina Kaiser and Matthias Frei join the group as PhD students

October 2016

Successful PhD defense by Tobias Keller October 26, 2016

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September 2016

Large attendance and contributions by the group at the 2016 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society, University of Zurich

Vladimir Paunovic (pictured below) is awarded the runner-up oral presentation in Catalysis Science & Engineering

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Ferdy Coumans joins the group as a PhD student

August 2016

Farewell to Pedro Lira who leaves the group

Farewell to Rohan Murty and Erdem Ibrahim Irtem who finish their research stays

June 2016

Our project 'Gas to value: halogen-mediated catalytic processes for natural gas conversion to chemicals' is awarded a prestigious ETH Grant

Congratulations to Gianvito Vilé who wins the 2016 MaP award for the best interdisciplinary PhD thesis of ETH Zurich

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Sergio Mazzotti joins the group as a Hilfsassistent

May 2016

Ibrahim Erdem Irtem joins the group as an academic guest

Farewell to Dr Oliver Martin who leaves the group

Our research discovery of a new catalyst that allows the easy conversion of natural gas constituents into precursors for the production of fuels and chemicals has been highlighted by ETH News - see video

Successful PhD defense by Oliver Martin May 5, 2016

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April 2016

Congratulations to Gianvito Vilé, whose outstanding dissertation has been awarded the prestigious silver ETH medal. We wish him continued success in the future!

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

aCe participates in the Day of Open Laboratories

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March 2016

Chemistry World highlights our emoticons representing different mechanisms of catalyst deactivation recently featured as cover art in Green Chemistry 

February 2016

Dr Zupeng Chen joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher and Rohan Murty visits us as an exchange student

January 2016

Farewell to Dr Max Moser and Dr Marilyne Boltz who leave the group

Dr. Max Moser is nominated as one of the 30 most influential scientists under the age of 30 by Forbes Magazine

Our article on the one-step production of vinyl chloride from ethylene over ceria catalysts is published in Angewandte Chemie

December 2015

Farewell to Dr. Gianvito Vilé and Mr. Sundararajan Thirumalai who leave the group

Successful PhD defense by Max Moser December 9, 2015

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November 2015

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Gianvito Vilé November 4, 2015

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October 2015

Evgeniya Vorobyeva, Matthias Scharfe, and Harris Luk Ho Ting join the group as PhD students

Our review on hierarchical zeolites is published in Nature Communications

September 2015

Farewell to Dr. Zhen Guo and Dr. Jiaxu Liu who leave the group and to Matthias Frei and Matthias Scharfe who complete their semester projects

Our article on single-site Pd catalysts is highlighted as the front cover of Angewandte Chemie and in Nature

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Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez delivers plenary lectures on hierarchical zeolites at the 2nd Micromeritics Workshop, Cambridge, USA and at the 6th AMMM symposium, Varna, Bulgaria

Large attendance and contributions by the group at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society, EPFL, Lausanne

Max Moser and Giacomo Lari (pictured above) are awarded the best oral presentation and runner-up poster presentation in Catalysis Science & Engineering, respectively

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Guido Zichittella joins the group as a PhD student and Moritz Haus joins the group as a student

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

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August 2015

Contribution by Tobias Keller at Biofuels and Bioenergy, Valencia, Spain

June 2015

aCe participates in the 'Tag des Offenes Labor' opening doors to the public

Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez delivers an invited lecture on hierarchical zeolites at the Micromeritics Day in Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Lucia Tschannen who joins the group as an administrative assistant

Contribution by Gianvito Vilé at the 24th NAM of the Catalysis Society, Pitsburgh, USA

Farewell to Dr. Pierre-Yves Dapsens, David Sholz and Kartikeya Desai who leave the group

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Pierre Dapsens June 10, 2015

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May 2015

Isabella Giovinazzo awarded the Prix SGVC from the Swiss Process and Chemical Engineers association for her Masters thesis on the production of lactic acid from glycerol waste

Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez delivers a plenary lecture at the 3rd International Symposium on Green Chemistry in La Rochelle, France. Contributions by Pierre Dapsens, Giacomo Lari, and Gaston Larrazabal.

Dr. Amol Amrute rejoins the group as a post-doctoral researcher and Ali Saadun joins the group as a mobility student

March 2015

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez receives the Beilby Medal and Award 2014

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Dr. Asier Zubiaga and Dr. Jiaxu Liu join the group as post-doctoral researchers

Matthias Frei, Matthias Scharfe, and Guido Zichittella join the group as students

February 2015

Dr. Lin Ronghe joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher

Pedro Lira joins the group as a PhD student

Kartikeya Desai joins the group as a Hilfsassistent

Our eco-friendly bio-/chemocatalytic process to manufacture lactic acid from glycerol is highlighted in ETH News, Smithsonian magazine, Chemistry World, Chemical processing, Chimia, C&EN News

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January 2015

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez elected to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Contribution by Tobias Keller at the 2nd Euro-Asia Zeolite Conference, Nice, France

Dr. Marilyne Boltz and Dr. Robbie Warringham join the group as post-doctoral researchers

Sundararajan Thirumalai joins the group as a PhD student

The escaping positronium highlights the unique sensitivity of PALS to the pore connectivity in hierarchical zeolites

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December 2014

Farewell to Dr. Christoph Aellig and Dr. Maria Milina who leave the group

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Nina-Luisa Michels December 17, 2014

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November 2014

Davide Albani joins the group as a PhD student

October 2014

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Maria Milina October 1, 2014

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September 2014

David Scholz joins the group as a PhD student and Olivier Gröninger as a student

Large attendance and contributions by the group at the 2014 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society, University of Zurich.

Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez delivers the closing plenary lecture at the 6th International FEZA conference in Leipzig, Germany. Contributions by Pierre Dapsens, Tobias Keller, and Dr. Sharon Mitchell.

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Gianvito Vilé is awarded the best poster presentation in Catalysis Science and Engineering and Tobias Keller is awarded the ChemPhysChem poster award

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July 2014

Farewell to Isabella Giovinazzo and Patrick Dähler who complete their Master projects, to Fabian Brüning, Sotiria Mostrou, Stefan Reuteler, and Sarah Correa who complete their Semester projects, and to Drs. Lars Borchardt and Izabela Czekaj who leave the group

Harisankar Nellattukuzhi Sreenivasan joins the group as a joint-PhD student with the group of Prof. Müller at the Institute of Energy Technology of the ETH Zurich, Dr. Antonio José Martín Fernández as a scientist, and Dr. Zhen Guo as a post-doctoral researcher

aCe welcomes youngest member

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June 2014

Farewell to David Scholz and Julian Straus who leave the group

Dr. Begoña Puértolas Lacambra joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher

Our project 'Design of electrocatalysts for the conversion of CO2 into valuable chemicals' is awarded a prestigious ETH Grant

Dr. Cecilia Mondelli delivers lecture at the 1st Annual SuBiCat meeting, and Dr. Sharon Mitchell delivers lecture and Tobias Keller gives student fellowship talk at the CASCATBEL Summer School

aCe hosts the second Advanced Porous Materials symposium in collaboration with Micromeritics

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May 2014

Laura Rodriguez awarded the Prix SGVC from the Swiss Process and Chemical Engineers association for her Masters thesis on the oxidation of hydrogen halides

Gianvito Vilé awarded the 2014 SCNAT/SCS Chemistry Travel Grant

Our research quantifying the impact of mesopore quality on the performance of hierarchical zeolite catalysts has been highlighted by ETH News

April 2014

A colorful explosion transforms our laboratory through a new graffiti

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Prof. Pérez-Ramírez awarded the Beilby medal for outstanding contributions to catalysis engineering

March 2014

Fabian Brüning, Kartikeya Desai, Patrick Dähler and Isabella Giovinazzo join the group as students and Dr. Manuel Hernández Rodríguez joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher

Farewell to Dr. Markus Hammes who leaves the group

February 2014

Sotiria Mostrou joins the group as a student

January 2014

The SCCER BIOSWEET (Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – BIOmass for Swiss EnErgy fuTure) is established, financed by the CTI, with the aim to contribute to the Energy Transition 2050 in Switzerland via the development of efficient technologies to transform biomass into bioenergy. aCe takes part in this initiative together with other 15 Swiss academic research groups and more than 40 cooperation partners.

Dr. Christof Aellig joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher and Vladimir Paunovic starts his PhD study

Farewell to Danny Verboekend and Carolina Flores who leave the group

December 2013

Our Motto: gas costante

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Farewell to Drs. Amol Amrute and Bright Kusema who leave the group

November 2013

Giacomo Marco Lari starts his PhD study in the group

Farewell to Dr. Gerardo Majano who leaves the group

Commencement of the EU project 'Cascade deoxygenation process using tailored nanocatalysts for the production of Biofuels from lignocellullosic biomass (CASCATBEL)', financed by the FP7-NMP programme. aCe joins 17 other teams across Europe targeting the development of a viable process for the production of second-generation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass using nanostructured catalysts

October 2013

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Amol Amrute October 9, 2013

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September 2013

Large attendance and contributions by the group at the 2013 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society, EPFL, Lausanne

Contributions by Dr. Cecilia Mondelli, Dr. Sharon Mitchell, Max Moser, Oliver Martin, Gianvito Vilé, Nina-Luisa Michels, and Tobias Keller at the XIth European congress on Catalysis 2013 in Lyon, France. Prof. Pérez-Ramírez receives the EFCATS Young Researcher Award at the congress

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Max Moser and Oliver Martin are awarded the best and runner-up Poster Presentation in Catalysis Science & Engineering, respectively

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August 2013

Dr. Lars Borchardt joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher

 

July 2013

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez is training hard in the summer heat

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Prof. Pérez-Ramírez is awarded the EFCATS Young Researcher Award for seminal contributions to the field of heterogeneous catalysis

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Dr. Izabela Czekaj joins the group as a scientist

Farewell to Anna Beltzung, Stéphane Isabettini, and Laura Rodriguez who complete their Master projects, and to Gabriele Colombo, Leonard Floryan, Oliver Ingold, and Jakub Jagielski who complete their Semester projects

June 2013

Second aCe workshop

Julian Straus starts his PhD study in the group

aCe participates in the Tag des Offenes Labor

Contribution by Tobias Keller at the 10th Congress on Catalysis Applied to Fine Chemicals 2013 in Turku, Finland

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez chairs 1st ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal, Zurich, Switzerland

May 2013

Tobias Keller awarded the Prix SGVC from the Swiss Process and Chemical Engineers association for his Masters thesis on the application of hierarchical zeolites in base catalysis

Our project 'Enabling new sustainable applications of zeolite catalysts through post-synthetic design' is awarded a prestigious ETH Grant

April 2013

Group attendance at the SCS Spring Meeting, PSi, Villigen

Farewell to Dr. Danny Verboekend who leaves the group

Molekül highlights the research activities of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez

Gaston Larrazabal starts his PhD study in the group

Congratulations to Danny Verboekend whose outstanding dissertation has been awarded the prestigious ETH medal. We wish him continued success in the future!

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March 2013

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez delivers plenary lecture at the 46th annual meeting of German catalysis

Anna Beltzung joins the group as student and Dr. Markus Hammes joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Sharon Mitchell assumes new position as Scientist

February 2013

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez is awarded the Andrew Main lecture at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Elodie Rodrigues joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher and Gabriele Colombo, Leonard Floryan, Oliver Ingold, Stéphane Isabettini, Jakub Jagielski, and Laura Rodriguez as students

January 2013

Farewell to Atsushi Tazawa, Thomas Soltermann, and Jose Zhao who complete their research projects

Dr. Bright Kusema joins the group as a post-doctoral researcher

December 2012

Commencement of the Climate-KIC project 'CO₂ Base Products – From Dream to Reality (Dream Products)', funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. aCe join 5 other European project partners with the aim of developing applications of CO2-based polymers in the preparation of inorganic materials

October 2012

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Danny Verboekend October 10, 2012

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September 2012

The editorial 'Virtual issue on catalysis at ETH' by Prof. Pérez-Ramírez and our recent perspective 'Biobased chemicals from conception toward industrial reality: lessons learned and to be learned' belong to the top 4 most read articles in the online version of ACS Catalysis in the period July-September 2012

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez is distinguished as the UOP-Honeywell Invitational Lecturer, 2012

Our research on advanced visualization of technical catalysts has been highlighted in ETH life

Contributions by group members at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society at ETH Zurich

Danny Verboekend and Nina-Luisa Michels are awarded the Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Presentation, respectively, at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society

Amol Amrute and Maria Milina are awarded the Catalysis Science & Technology Poster Prizes at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Swiss Chemical Society

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Tobias Keller starts his PhD study in the group, Thomas Soltermann and Jose Zhao join the group as students, Atsushi Tazawa as a student, and Carolina Flores as a graphic designer

August 2012

Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez and Dr. Jeffrey Kenvin chair the Advanced Porous Materials Workshop, jointly organized by Micromeritics Europe and ETH Zurich

Flurina Attinger Ochsner joins the group as administrative assistant

July 2012

Farewell to Martha Mariani-Rodríguez, Tobias Keller, Martin Menart, Jonas Wichert, Gaston Larrazabal, Johan Mendez Ducon, and Mario Stucki who leave the group

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez awarded the Otto-Roelen-Medal at the 15th International Congress on Catalysis 2012 in Munich, Germany

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Contributions at the 15th International Congress on Catalysis 2012 by Dr. Cecilia Mondelli, Dr. Sharon Mitchell, Amol Amrute, Pierre-Yves Dapsens and Nina-Luisa Michels

June 2012

First aCe workshop

Farewell to Dr. Marta Santiago, Dr. Blaise Bridier, and Crisa Vargas who leave the group

Gianvito Vilé awarded the Master Thesis Prix SGVC from the Swiss Process and Chemical Engineers association for his works on hierarchical FAU zeolites

April 2012

Dr. Evgenii Kondratenko joins the group as an academic guest

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez joins the Editorial Advisory Board of Advanced Functional Materials

March 2012

Successful defense of doctoral thesis by Blaise Bridier March 14, 2012

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Major milestone reached - post-synthetic strategies to design hierarchical Y and USY zeolites are published in Advanced Functional Materials (front cover)

Martin Menart and Johan Mendez Ducon join the group as students, and Crisa Vargas Fuentes as a visiting PhD student

February 2012

Farewell to Alberto Restuccia

Maximilian Moser starts his PhD study in the group, Dr. Laurent Gueudré joins as a post doctoral researcher, and Jonas Wichert and Gaston Larrazabal as students

January 2012

Farewell to Dr. Katia Barbera

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez joins the Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

Our recent article 'Decoupling porosity and compositional effects in desilicated ZSM-5 zeolites for optimal alkylation performance' in Catalysis Science and Technology is selected as a hot article

December 2011

Our article 'Design of hierarchical zeolite catalysts by desilication' returned to the top 10 most accessed articles in the online version of Catalysis Science & Technology

November 2011

Dr. Gerardo Majano joins the group as a post doctoral researcher

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez assumes position as 'Associate Editor' of Catalysis Science and Technology (RSC publishing)

Prof. Pérez-Ramírez awarded the Andrew Main lecture at the Faculty of the Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada

Major milestone reached - the first demonstration of the scalability of hierarchical zeolites is published in ChemCatChem

Our recent article 'Shaped RuO2/SnO2-Al2O3 catalyst for large-scale Cl2 production by HCl oxidation' in ChemCatChem is selected as a hot article

October 2011

Our recent article 'Design of hierarchical zeolite catalysts by desilication' in Catalysis Science and Technology is one of the most accessed online in July-October 2011

September 2011

Gianvito Vilé starts his PhD study in the group

Contribution by Danny Verboekend at the Fourth International Symposium on Advanced micro and mesoporous materials, Varna, Bulgaria

August 2011

Contributions by Dr. Cecilia Mondelli, Amol Amrute, and Blaise Bridier at EuropaCat X, Glasgow, Scotland

July 2011

Farewell to Maximilian Moser and Gianvito Vilé who finishe their Master theses

Contribution by Danny Verboekend at the 5th International FEZA Conference, Valencia, Spain

June 2011

aCe open for the "Tag der Chemie", organized by ETH and the University of Zurich in occasion of the International Year of Chemistry

Contributions by Dr. Cecilia Mondelli, Blaise Bridier, Dr. Sharon Mitchell, and Amol Amrute at the first Swiss Heterogeneous Catalysis Meeting (HCM), Grindelwald, Switzerland

Farewell to Akanksha Raj and Zair Dominguez Trinidad

May 2011

Blaise Bridier granted 2011 SCNAT/SCS Chemistry Travel Award

April 2011

Dr. Frédéric Meunier visits aCE from the Laboratoire Catalyse and Spectrochimie of Caen, France

March 2011

Gianvito Vilé, Akanksha Raj, Zair Dominguez Trinidad, and Maximilian Moser join the group as students

Dr. Cecilia Mondelli assumes new position as Senior Scientist

February 2011

Dr. Katia Barbera joins the group as a post doctoral researcher and Oliver Martin as a PhD student

January 2011

Pierre-Yves Dapsens joins the group as a PhD student

December 2010

Inagural lecture of Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez

November 2010

Mrs. Martha Mariani-Rodríguez joins the group as administrative assistant

October 2010

Defense of doctoral thesis by Marta Santiago

September 2010

Nina-Luisa Michels, Alberto Restuccia, and Hui Yin join the group as PhD students

July 2010

Maria Milina joins the groups as a PhD student

March 2010

Dr. Cecilia Mondelli joins the group as a post doctoral researcher

Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez arrives with Dr. Georgiana Stoica, Dr. Sharon Mitchell, Marta Santiago, Danny Verboekend, Blaise Bridier, and Amol Amrute

Establishment of aCe at ETH