Welcome to the Department of Chemistry

We are committed to offering students an excellent education in chemistry and chemistry-related areas through our Bachelor (BSc), Masters (MSc) and PhD programs. Unique for Switzerland, we offer in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics, a master program in business chemistry.

Our broad and interdisciplinary research programs mirror very well the enthusiasm felt by all our research groups for their subject areas, and their excitement in carrying scientific discoveries into neighbouring disciplines.

Research News

Dr. Ilija Coric will start working at our Department on the 1st September 2016 as a Senior Researcher while also habilitating. Furthermore, he will establish his own research group. His research goals are to enable the activation of strong chemical bonds in mild conditions and to provide simple approaches to structurally complex molecules and materials.
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We would like to welcome Dr. Coric at our Department and wish him a very good start!

Prof. Dr. Ehud Landau published a paper in PNAS with the title:

A macroscopic H+ and Cl ions pump via reconstitution of EcClC membrane proteins in lipidic cubic mesophases.

The paper is a collaboration between the group of Prof. Landau, Prof. Raffaele Mezzenga from ETH and Prof. Raimund Dutzler from UZH.


PD Dr. Felix Zelder and Benedikt Kirchgaessler have won second prize in the food & water category of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2016.
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Prof. Madhavi Krishnan was awarded with the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Preis 2016 of the Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie.
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AKTUELL: Prof. Greta Patzke bei Aeschbacher, heute, 21.04.16 um 22:25, SRF 1
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"Ein Lichtblick fürs Klima": Prof. Greta Patzke, member of the URPP LightChEC, was portrayed in an Article of Schweizer Illustrierte - GRUEN.
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Prof. Greta Patzke was promoted as full professor for Chemistry as of May 1st 2016. We congratulate Greta and wish her much success in her future career.
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Prof. Jason Holland started on April 1, 2016 his own research group  as an Assistant Professor funded by the ERC and a SNF Professorship. His research goals are to develop new radiochemical reactions and to advance radiotracers as diagnostic molecular imaging and radiotherapeutic agents.  read more  We wish him a warm welcome at our department!

PD Dr. Bernhard Spingler was promoted as Titularprofessor. We congratulate Bernhard!

Prof. Gilles Gasser has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant!

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Benedikt Kirchgässler (Chemistry student with a Bachelor of UZH) has won CHF 10'000 in the first round of Venture Kicks. His idea is to make Cyanide visible. The technolgy, which was developed by Felix Zelder and Christine Croise from the Department of Chemistry UZH, allows to detect cyanide in every substance without a lab, dangerous chemicals, prior training and at virtually no cost. Benedikt Kirchgässler is currently developing the first prototype and performing related testing in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Roland K.O. Sigel was promoted as full Professor for Chemistry and in particular for Bioinorganic Chemistry as of February 1st, 2016. We congratulate Roland Sigel!
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Prof. Henning Jessen (till September 2015  Professor at the Department of Chemistry of UZH) recieved the Ruzicka-Preis 2015. The prize is awarded by the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences of ETH Zurich.

The Ružička Prize is awarded annually to a young researcher for an outstanding piece of published work in the field of general chemistry.

Prof. Gilles Gasser just published a VIP article in Angewandte Chemie on

"Highly Charged Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes as Lysosome-Localized Photosensitizers for Two-Photon Photodynamic Therapy".

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Prof. Roland K.O. Sigel just published a VIP Paper in Angewandte Chemie on

"Protonation-Dependent Base Flipping at Neutral pH in the Catalytic Triad of a Self-Splicing Bacterial Group II Intron"

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