Selina Kaiser
PhD student

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI D136
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 37613

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    Acetylene hydrochlorination

    Facing the growing plastics demand and decreasing oil reserves, considerable interests revived for the PVC production from acetylene – a feedstock mainly derived from the most abundant fossil reserve, coal. However, to date, the industrially applied catalyst is exclusively based on toxic mercury that poses a severe threat to the environment and public health. Within this project, I am looking for disruptive catalytic technologies to produce VCM via acetylene hydrochlorination with the aim of making this process more sustainable and enabling its global expansion.

    2016-present PhD studentship in the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    2014-2016 MSc studies in chemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    2014-2015 Erasmus exchange student, University of Amsterdam / Vrije University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    2011-2014 BSc in chemistry, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    • Descriptors for high-performance nitrogen-doped carbon catalysts in acetylene hydrochlorination
      R. Lin, S.K. Kaiser, R. Hauert, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 1114-1121 (doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b03031)
    • Catalytic oxygenation of sp3 “C–H” bonds with Ir(III) complexes of chelating triazoles and mesoionic carbenes
      S. Hohloch, S. Kaiser, F.L. Duecker, A.Bolje, R. Maity, J. Košmrlj, B. Sarkar
      Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 686-693 (doi:10.1039/C4DT02879A)