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Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences

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On behalf of all faculty members, students, and staff, I warmly welcome you to the homepage of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (D-CHAB) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich. On these pages you find detailed information on research and education at our Department in the fields of chemistry, chemical and bio-engineering and pharmaceutical sciences.

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I hope you enjoy browsing through the web pages of the Department. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Prof. Dr. Donald Hilvert
Head of D-CHAB

ETH News 2014 & 2015: Reports from the research groups


01.06.2015 ERC Advanced Grant

Prof. Dario Neri receives the ERC Advanced Grant for research on therapeutic agents with "activity on demand"

Prof. Dr. Dario Neri is one of seven researchers of the ETH Zurich to receive an ERC Advanced Grant, which is worth about CHF 2.5 million. The goal of the ERC Project is the development of novel drugs with selective activation at the site of disease, thus limiting toxicity to normal tissues. More


01.04.2015 Spark Award 2015

Inventions of Prof. Erick Carreira and Prof. Helma Wennemers among the Top 5

Among the 18 most promising patents of the ETH Zurich in 2015, there are seven of scientists from the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences. More


18.02.2015 Sunscreens may be harmful

Research group of Prof. Dr. Konrad Hungerbühler

Researchers at ETH Zurich asked consumers in German-speaking Switzerland how often they used sunscreens and other personal care products. The collected data make for interesting reading: part of the population applies sunscreen to the skin in quantities that could potentially be harmful to health. More


13.02.2015 Data-storage for eternity

Prof. Dr. Wendelin Jan Stark and his team

How can we preserve our knowledge today for the next millennia? ETH researchers have found a way to store information in the form of DNA, preserving it for nearly an eternity. More


12.01.2015 Glass for battery electrodes

Semih Afyon (Group of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Nesper)

Today's lithium-ion batteries are good, but not good enough if our future energy system is to rely on electrical power. Chemists and materials scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries – likely making a vast improvement in these batteries’ capacity and energy density. More


03.12.2014 Bioplastic – greener than ever

Research groups of Prof. Dr. Konrad Hungerbühler and Prof. Dr. Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a waste by-product in the production of biodiesel. More


12.11.2014 Understanding natural compounds

Researchers led by Prof. Dr. Gisbert Schneider

Antibiotic-resistant germs, dangerous viruses, cancer: unsolved medical problems require new and better drugs. Nature can provide the inspiration for new active agents. A computer-based method developed by a team of researchers from ETH Zurich is helping to do just that. More


12.11.2014 Award-winning electron observer

Prof. Dr. Hans Jakob Wörner

Hans Jakob Wörner is the recipient of the Klung Wilhelmy Science Award for his research on super-fast electron movements during chemical processes. More


15.10.2014 Emergency aid for overdoses

Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Leroux and his team

Every minute counts in the event of an overdose. ETH professor Jean-Christophe Leroux and his team have developed an agent to filter out toxins from the body more quickly and efficiently. It can also be used for dialysis in patients suffering from hepatic failure. More


30.09.2014 MRI Imaging technology is enhanced by hyperpolarization

Prof. Dr. Christophe Copéret et al.

In a paper just published in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) a new imaging technology that uses so called Hyperpolarizing Solids (HYPSOs) was just described. More


15.08.2014 New at ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Sereina Riniker

At 29 years old, Sereina Riniker is currently the youngest professor at ETH Zurich. In an interview, the chemist tells how she experienced her start and how she wants to motivate her students. More


06.08.2014 Curing arthritis in mice

Teresa Hemmerle, Fabia Doll (group of Prof. Dr. Dario Neri)

With a new therapeutic product, researchers have managed to cure arthritis in mice for the first time. The scientists are now planning to test the efficacy of the drug in humans. More


22.07.2014 Filter for clean water around the world

Research group of Prof. Dr. Wendelin J. Stark

An innovative filter makes it possible to purify water more quickly, simply and economically than ever before. The developers hope the device will soon play a big role development aid, and they are looking for investors to help them achieve this goal. More


02.07.2014 New approach for tuberculosis drugs

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Altmann

In the past 50 years, only one new tuberculosis drug has come on to the market, yet many more active substances are urgently needed. Current treatments increasingly fail due to multidrug-resistant pathogens. ETH researchers have now applied to patent a novel approach for developing new tuberculosis drugs. More


ETH NEWS Reports first half of 2014,

ETH Life Reports 2013



May 2015 Prof. Dr. Sereina Riniker

receives the Ewald-Wicke-Prize of the Ewald Wicke-Foundation and the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry 


May 2015 Prof. Dr. Frédéric Merkt

receives the Kolos Medal from the University of Warsaw


December 2014 Dr. Pablo M. Rivera Fuentes

Appointed as professor at ETH Zurich


November 2014 Dr. Cristina Müller

Ruzicka Prize 2014


November 2014 Prof. Dr. François Diederich

Le Grand Prix en sciences chimiques - Prix Paul METZ


November 2014 Prof. Dr. François Diederich

Ernst Hellmut Vits-Preis 2014


November 2014 Prof. Dr. Dario Neri

PHOENIX Pharmazie Wissenschaftspreis 2014


November 2014 Prof. Dr. Hans Jakob Wörner

Klung Wilhelmy Science Award 2014


Oktober 2014 Prof. Dr. Renato Zenobi



September 2014 Prof. Dr. Massimo Morbidelli

Gerhard Damköhler-Medal


Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther elected as the

new Vice President Research and Corporate Relations


Title of Professor to Prof. Dr. Petra S. Dittrich, Prof. Dr. Cornelia Halin Winter, Prof. Dr. Wendelin J. Stark

The ETH Board appointed 15 professors at ETH Zurich


August 2014 Prof. Dr. Renato Zenobi

2014 Thomson Medal Award


July 2014 Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Leroux inducted to

Controlled Release Society College of Fellows


July 2014 Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Altmann

Paul Ehrlich Prize 2014 of the French Medicinal Chemistry Society and Janssen-Cilag SA

  >> more Awards: 2013 and first half of 2014

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