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Breaking the Code

The group of Prof. Copéret and an international team of researchers show how NMR spectroscopy can be used to understand and predict the electronic structure and reactivity of molecules by decoding the information contained in the NMR chemical shift. Read more 


Highly Efficient Catalyst for Hydrogen Production from Formaldehyde

In their latest publication, Prof. Grützmacher and his research group demonstrate that formaldehyde can be used as a very suitable small organic molecule to store hydrogen. Newly developed diolefin-ruthenium complexes can catalyze the production of H2  from formaldehyde and water in the presence of a base. Read more 


A DNA test for Gemstones

ETH Spin-off Healixa developed a new tagging procedure for gemstones. This DNA-based technology enables consumers to know where their jewelry comes from. The tagging is a nanotechnology-based proof of origin that opens up new possibilities for mapping other natural resources as well. Read more 


Three out of eight ERC Advanced Grants for ETH Zurich go to professors of the D-CHAB

Three out of eight Advanced Grants, the European Research Council (ERC) gave to ETH Zurich in the latest call for proposals go to the D-CHAB's professors Meier, Merkt, and Zenobi. Read more 


Eschenmoser Lecture 2017: Prof. Richard. A. Lerner

Prof. Richard A. Lerner gave this year's Eschenmoser Lecture. In an excellent presentation titled "The Chemistry of Large Numbers" Prof. Lerner explained new antibody-based cancer treatment possibilities and the creation of a synthetic immune system. Read more 


Analysis of exhaled breath for diagnostics

In collaboration with the University Hospital Zurich, Prof. Zenobi is developing new non-invasive methods for diagnostics. Exhaled breath is analyzed with high-resolution mass spectrometry to diagnose lung diseases and monitor drugs. Read more 


Prof. Diederich receives the Nauta Award for Pharmacochemistry

Prof. Diederich receives the "Nauta Award for Pharmacochemistry" for his outstanding contributions to Medicinal Chemistry and the development of international organizational structures in the field. This is the most important award for Medicinal Chemistry in Europe. Read more 


Paradigm shift in industrial catalysis

Alkene metathesis is a common chemical reaction used to produce millions of tons of propene annually. A team of researchers from the laboratories of Prof. Copéret (ETH Zürich) and Mashima (Osaka University) just discovered a new approach to activate catalysts that can reduce the standard reaction temperatures for alkene metathesis from about 400°C to 70°C. At such a low temperature even biomass-derived materials can be transformed. Read more 


Using sunlight to convert CO₂ to fuel

Prof. van Bokhoven's research group unveiled a chemical process that uses the sun’s thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into high-energy fuels. This discovery marks a significant step towards the chemical storage of solar energy. Read more 


Prof. Christophe Copéret wins the 2016 Max Rössler Prize

Prof. Christophe Copéret is awarded this year's Max Rössler Prize for his research on functional materials, such as solid catalysts, the derivatization of microelectronic devices, and developing new imaging techniques to visualize individual particles or track metabolites in the human body. Read more 

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