Matthias Scharfe
PhD student

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI D138
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 33715

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    Ceria-based catalysts for direct VCM production

    The industrially widely applied ethylene oxychlorination in the context of vinyl chloride production is catalyzed by cupric chlorides that suffer from severe stability issues. My work focuses on new ceria based materials and their mechanistic understanding. The combination of DFT and microkinetic modeling will enable the design of superior multifunctional oxy- dehydro- chlorination catalysts for direct vinyl chloride production.

    2015-present PhD studentship in the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    2014-2015 MSc studies in Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Master thesis: Stable Cerium Based Catalysts for the Oxychlorination of Ethylene in the group of Prof. Dr. Pérez-Ramírez
    2009-2014 BSc studies in Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Mechanism of ethylene oxychlorination over ruthenium oxide
      M.D. Higham, M. Scharfe, M. Capdevila-Cortada, J. Pérez-Ramírez, N. López
      J. Catal. 2017, 353, 171-180 (doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2017.07.013)
    • Europium oxybromide catalysts for efficient bromine looping in natural gas valorization
      V. Paunović, R. Lin, M. Scharfe, A.P. Amrute, S. Mitchell, R. Hauert, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 9791-9795 (doi:10.1002/anie.201704406)
      Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 9923-9927 (doi:10.1002/ange.201704406)
    • Lanthanide compounds as catalysts for the one-step synthesis of vinyl chloride from ethylene
      M. Scharfe, P.A. Lira-Parada, A.P. Amrute, S. Mitchell, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      J. Catal. 2016, 344, 524-534 (doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2016.10.026)
    • Oxychlorination-dehydrochlorination chemistry on bifuctional ceria catalysts for intensified vinyl chloride production
      M. Scharfe, P.A. Lira-Parada, V. Paunović, M. Moser, A.P. Amrute, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 3068-3072 (doi:10.1002/anie.201510903)
      Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 3120-3124 (doi:10.1002/ange.201510903)