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Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences


31. Oktober 2014, Semper-Sternwarte

"Über das Suchen und Finden"

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: Reports from the research groups


15.08.2014 New at ETH Zurich

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


27.05.2014 Better catalysts for the petrochemical industry

Prof. Dr. Javier Pérez-Ramírez, Dr. Sharon Mitchell

When crude oil is refined to fuels and chemicals, help is at hand – in the form of so-called catalysts. Scientists now provide a reference parameter for the performance of an important class of catalysts for petrochemical production. More


24.04.2014 Protecting olive oil from counterfeiters

Dr. Robert Grass (group of Prof. W.J. Stark) and his team

Who guarantees that expensive olive oil isn't counterfeit or adulterated? An invisible label, developed by ETH researchers, could perform this task. The tag consists of tiny magnetic DNA particles encapsulated in a silica casing and mixed with the oil. More


11.04.2014 The ATM strikes back

Prof. Dr. Wendelin J. Stark and his team

Hot foam may soon send criminals running if they damage ATM. ETH researchers have developed a special film that triggers an intense reaction when destroyed. The idea originates from a beetle that uses a gas explosion to fend off attackers. More


10.04.2014 The result of slow degradation

Research group with PD. Dr. Martin Scheringer (group of Prof. K. Hungerbühler)

Why do environmental pollutants accumulate in the cold polar regions? This may not only be due to the fact that many substances are less volatile at low temperatures, as has been long suspected, but also to their extremely slow natural degradation. More


24.03.2014 Hot nanoparticles for cancer treatments

Research project of Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Leroux, Prof. Dr. Sortiris Pratsinis

Nanoparticles have a great deal of potential in medicine: for diagnostics, as a vehicle for active substances or a tool to kill off tumours using heat. ETH Zurich researchers have now developed particles that are relatively easy to produce and have a wide range of applications. More


18.03.2014 Antimony nanocrystals for batteries

Prof. Dr. Maksym Kovalenko

Researchers from ETH Zurich and Empa have succeeded for the first time to produce uniform antimony nanocrystals. Tested as components of laboratory batteries, these are able to store a large number of both lithium and sodium ions. These nanomaterials operate with high rate and may eventually be used as alternative anode materials in future high-energy-density batteries. More


17.03.2014 Follow the ant trail for drug design

Prof. Dr. Gisbert Schneider

New drugs often fail because they cause undesirable side-effects. ETH researchers have developed simulation software that predicts the properties of active agents and virtually builds new ones. The software’s search process is modelled after the behaviour of ants. More


02.03. 2014 Homing in on cancer

Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther, Prof. Dr. Bernd Bodenmiller, University Hospital Zurich

Whether a tumour develops from individual cancer cells and whether metastases are formed depends on many factors in the affected tissue. Researchers at the University of Zurich and at ETH Zurich have come up with an imaging method that is able to simultaneously visualize a previously unachieved number of factors involved in cancer. More


11.02.2014 Marine bacterium raises hopes

Research consortium headed by Prof. Dr. François Diederich

Chemists demonstrate how a newly discovered class of substance from a marine bacterium interferes with the metabolism of plants of pathogens. The substances offer a glimmer of hope in the fight against weeds and pathogens, which keep growing increasingly resistant to current treatment methods. More


>> ETH Life Reports 2013



August 2014 Prof. Dr. Renato Zenobi received the

2014 Thomson Medal Award


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

Controlled Release Society College of Fellows


Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Altmann received in July

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


April 2014 Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Leroux

APV Research Award 2014


23. April 2014 Prof. Dr. Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Beilby Medal and Prize 2014


26. March 2014 Prof. Dr. Frédéric Merkt

Otto-Bayer-Prize 2014


Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther as newly elected member (Chemistry Section) of

Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences)

Page 10 in Leopoldina News 3/2014


04. December 2013 Prof. Dr. Maksym Kovalenko

Ruzicka prize awardee 2013


On 01. Oktober 2013 Prof. Dr. Michael Detmar

Member of the National Research Council, Division III

of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

  >> more Awards 2013

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