Matthias Frei
PhD student

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI D165.2
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 23479

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    CO2 conversion into methanol

    In order to address global warming, the identification of routes in which carbon dioxide can be utilized as a chemical feedstock is a highly sought goal in the scientific community. One attractive approach comprises its hydrogenation to methanol, which serves as a fuel and a starting material for the manufacture of a multitude of chemicals. No commercial process for CO2-based methanol production has been developed so far since most of the heterogeneous catalysts investigated suffer from limited selectivity and short lifetime. In my work, I couple catalytic testing under industrially-relevant conditions with state-of-the-art characterization methods to attain effective catalysts for this transformation.

    2016-present PhD studentship in the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    2009-2016 BSc and MSc studies in chemical engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    • Mechanism and microkinetics of methanol synthesis via CO2 hydrogenation on indium oxide
      M.S. Frei, M. Capdevila-Cortada, R. García-Muelas, C. Mondelli, N. López, J.A. Stewart, D. Curulla-Ferré, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      J. Catal. 2018, 361, 313-321 (doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2018.03.014)
    • Hierarchical NaY zeolites for lactic acid dehydration to acrylic acid
      G.M. Lari, B. Puértolas, M.S. Frei, C. Mondelli, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 1507-1514 (doi:10.1002/cctc.201600102, inside back cover, highlighted in Chemistry Views)