On June 30, the first SCS SwissCat Symposium took place at University of Bern. The event was implemented as the start of a bi-annual meeting series of the respective SCS network and brings together experts in the field of homogeneous, heterogeneous and bio-catalysis. The event series also serves as a central platform for the various organizations and networks active in the field of catalysis in Switzerland.

Prof. Matthias Arenz, Universtiy of Bern organized the symposium and invited five of his Swiss community colleagues to give an invited lecture:

  • Prof. Olivier Baudoin, University of Basel
    «Ring Construction via Palladium(0)-Catalyzed C–H Activation»
  • Dr. Maarten Nachtegaal, PSI
    «X-ray absorption/emission Spectroscopy with applications in the different fields of catalysis»
  • Prof. Rebecca Buller, ZHAW Wädenswil
    «Engineering Fe(II)/α-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Halogenases and Desaturases»
  • Dr. Cristina Pizzolitto, Casale
    «Catalysis, the Pillar of Energy Transition and Sustainability»
  • Prof. Gonzalo Guillen-Gosalbez, ETH Zurich
    «Planetary boundaries footprints of chemicals and fuels»

The program was completed with seven contributed talks and a commercial exhibition.

Best Contributed Talk Award

Helvetica Chimica Acta sponsored the Award for the best contributed talk. The award included a certificate and CHF 200 in cash. The two prizes were awarded to:

Arik Beck, ETH Zurich

«Dynamics of nanoparticle motion and metal-oxide support in redox-reactive gases»

Wowa Stroek, University of Bern

«An Iron–Mesoionic Carbene Complex for Catalytic Intramolecular C–H Amination Utilizing Organic Azides»



David Spichiger, SCS