ETH Zurich

Advanced Catalysis Engineering Group

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is a top-level science and technology center worldwide. Its research focuses on the needs of society at a local, national, or global level and makes a valuable contribution to politics, the economy, and society often thanks to multidisciplinary teams or approaches. The Advanced Catalysis Engineering group headed by Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez is engaged in the design of heterogeneous catalysts and reactor concepts to develop improved technologies for the sustainable manufacture of bulk and fine chemicals and fuels. Tackling current and future energy, resource, and environmental challenges, the valorization of CO2 as a chemical feedstock through hydrogenation and electroreduction and the synthesis of NH3 via N2 electroreduction belong to core topics of the group. Recent accomplishments in these areas comprise the discovery of an industrially-viable catalyst for CO2-based thermocatalytic methanol synthesis and the understanding of promising bimetallic electrocatalysts converting CO2 into CO.

Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Javier Pérez-Ramírez (1974) studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alicante and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 2002. Following a period in industry at Norsk Hydro and Yara International (2002-2005), he joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia as an ICREA Professor before being appointed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich as the Professor of Catalysis Engineering in 2010. His research focuses on the design of catalytic materials tackling current and future energy, resource, and environmental challenges of society. He has published over 450 articles and is co-inventor of 17 patents, 4 of which are exploited industrially. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and his contributions have been recognized by several distinguished awards. He serves as Associate Editor of Catalysis Science and Technology and as President of SwissCat, the Catalysis section of the Swiss Chemical Society.